LVMH, maker of Louis Vuitton bags, sought to serve process on counterfeit bag makers located in China, India, Pakistan, Indonesia, among others and petitioned the court for an alternate means of service.
The court permitted service by alternate means under Rule 4(f)(3) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, and allowed the petitioner to effectuate service by sending emails and posting on a designated website.
Service is becoming more and more of an issue as the global economy is more integrated. With the multilateral treaties slower to function, expect more of these measures that simply circumvent the multilateral structure in the Hague.
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