Miami, FL | August 16, 2021 – Stumphauzer, Foslid, Sloman, Ross & Kolaya attorney Amy M. Bowers co-authored an article in The Year in Review: An Annual Survey of International Legal Developments and Publication of the American Bar Association International Law Section, which is published in cooperation with Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law. The article was submitted to the survey on behalf of the Ethics Committee of the International Section of the American Bar Association, which Amy co-chairs.
In her article, Amy discusses the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on federal courts’ decisions to permit or deny U.S.-based plaintiffs’ requests to serve foreign defendants through alternative means under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 4(f). Amy explained that some courts authorized service of process through email and social media to alleviate public health and safety concerns associated with personal service of process during the pandemic, while other courts required domestic plaintiffs to apply for service of process on foreign defendants through the Hague Convention despite considerable delays resulting from foreign offices’ closures and staffing shortages. Amy concluded that although federal courts did not uniformly decide to waive the requirement of personal service of process on foreign litigants, the courts did “uniformly require the domestic plaintiff to make some attempt to serve the foreign defendant through the Hague Convention before seeking an order permitting service through alternative means.”
Amy’s co-authors are all Miami, Florida attorneys who specialize in international litigation and arbitration. Her co-authors are David Levine and Antonia Iragorri of Sanchez Fischer Levine, LLP; Tiffany N. Comprés of FisherBroyles LLP; and Roland Potts of Diaz, Reus & Targ, LLP.
To read the full full article, click on the following link: https://sfslaw.com/significant-international-legal-developments-made-in-the-area-of-ethics-in-2020/
The full year-in-review annual review publication is available through the following link: https://www.americanbar.org/content/dam/aba/administrative/international_law/yir2021-v55.pdf
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