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  • Anthony Bourdain, World Traveler

    Add me to the list of Bourdain fans who loved the guy, but who weren’t really in love with the guy. By his own admission, he was kind of a jerk, and you’d understand if you’d read Kitchen Confidential. But man, I loved his shows. All of them. A Cook’s Tour. No Reservations. Parts Unknown. ...

  • Foreign Holidays and Your Judge’s Timeline

    (Hint: foreign holidays trump the judge.) The prevailing rule: a plaintiff’s lawyer has to get things done in a timely manner (ie: yesterday) or the court gets irritated.  The judge wants a brief before she goes to bed.  The clerk’s office reminds you that they’re closing early in honor of Truman’s birthday tomorrow (in Missouri,...

  • How to Serve Process in France

    I say all the time that we ain’t building rockets here.  But we are building a ship of sorts, and a leaky vessel means the cargo may not make it to its destination.  Serving process in France is subject to the strictures of the Hague Service Convention, regardless of which U.S. or Canadian venue is...

  • Hague Evidence Requests: 3 Cardinal Rules

    You can’t just serve a subpoena in France. You can’t just serve a subpoena in China. You can’t just serve a subpoena in Germany or Japan or India or Mexico or Switzerland or England or Austria… Get the point? Ye cain’t do it, Boudreaux.  You can’t just “serve” a subpoena in a foreign country.  For...

  • Serve a Subpoena in France? Mais, non. C’est impossible.

    You’ve served the complaint on all of your defendants, they’ve entered their appearances, and everybody is girded up for battle.  Discovery commences.  In one of your depositions, you learn that one of the defendants was somehow involved in a business arrangement with a French entity, and you are convinced that somewhere in that company’s vast filing...

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