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Law Firm ’911’ Prepares Meeing of International Law Section of Moscow Bar, Topics Include Hague Conventions in Force in Russia

Topics for Session Include Case Study of Its Clients: Dr. Maya Toidze and Alexander Ivankine Prevailing in Litigation in Federal Court in USA


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LAW FIRM 911 PREPARES MEETING OF INTERNATIONAL LAW SECTION AT MOSCOW CHAMBER OF ATTORNEYS.

TOPICS INCLUDE HAGUE SERVICE CONVENTION, WITH CASE STUDY OF ITS CLIENTS DR. MAYA TOIDZE AND ALEXANDER IVANKINE PREVAILING IN LITIGATION IN FEDERAL COURT IN USA

Moscow, Russia. The law firm ‘911’ with practice in Moscow, Russia, has been preparing to convene the session of the attorneys’ international law section at the Moscow Chamber of Attorneys. The law firm ‘911’ is located at: 66 Vavilova Street, Moscow, 119261, Russia; it has handled matters concerning international litigation, the area that requires special expertise among the members of the bar in Moscow.

The law firm ‘911’ has proposed the agenda for the upcoming members’ meeting open to the public, namely the applicability in Russia of the 1965 Hague Convention for Service Abroad of Judicial and Nonjudicial Documents in Civil and Commercial Matters. The dates for the meeting are being scheduled, and arrangements for participating can be made. Inquiries can be made at the contact information provided below.Prior to the meeting, the law firm restates the current status of the regulations concerning the Hague Service Convention inasmuch those are in force within the Russian Federation.

The Ministry of Justice of the Russia is formally designated by the Russian Federation as the Central Authority for the purposes of Article 2 of the Convention, as well as the authority competent to receive documents transmitted by consular channels, pursuant to Article 9 of the Hague Service Convention.The Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation is designated as the Central Authority for the purposes of Article 2 of the Hague Convention, as well as the authority competent to receive documents transmitted by consular channels, namely pursuant to Article 9 of the Convention. The Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation is located at Zhitnaya Street, 14, Moscow, 119991, Russia.

As the highly important feature of the applicability of the 1965 Hague Service Convention in Russia, service of documents by mails (methods listed in Article 10 of the Convention) are not permitted within the Russian Federation. Pursuant to the third paragraph of Article 5 of the Convention documents to be served within the territory of the Russian Federation shall only be accepted if they have been written in, or translated into, the Russian language.

The following authorities in that country are competent to forward requests in accordance with Article 3 of the Convention: - the federal courts (including the Constitution Court of the Russian Federation; the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation; the supreme courts of the autonomous Republics, the courts of the Territories and the Regions, the courts of cities of federal importance (Moscow and St. Petersburg), the courts of autonomous regions and autonomous districts, regional courts, military and specialized courts, which form the system of federal courts of common jurisdiction; the Higher Arbitrazh Court, federal arbitrazh courts of district, arbitrazh appellate courts, arbitrazh courts of the subjects of the Federation, charter courts of the subjects of the Federation; - federal bodies of executive power and bodies of executive power of the subjects of the Federation; - the Prosecutor’s Office of the Federation; and certain other categories of judicial and nonjudicial bodies.

Pursuant to Article 8 of the Convention, diplomatic and consular agents of foreign countries are not permitted to effect service of documents within the territory of the Russian Federation, unless the document is to be served upon a national of the State in which the documents originated.The Law Firm ‘911’ proposed for the agenda a case study of the litigation in the federal court in the USA, in which its clients Dr. Maya Toidze and Alexander Ivankine have prevailed (case No. 07cv712, the U.S. District Court of the District of Connecticut).Both Dr. Maya Toidze and Alexander Ivankine reside in Moscow, Russia, but hold dual citizenship (Russia and Canada).

In that case, plaintiffs obtained a judgment by default for approximately $900,000. However, plaintiffs failed to properly serve at least two defendants in that case, residing in Moscow, Russia. The U.S. federal Court ruled that there were other reasons why jurisdiction was lacking in that matter.

As a result, in its decision of June 13, 2013, the federal court in the USA ruled that it had no jurisdiction, for several reasons, and vacated the judgment by default. Consequently the clients of the Law Firm ‘911’ prevailed in that matter. Furthermore, the Court ruled that no federal court in the U.S. has jurisdiction over that controversy. That recent case should be treated as a textbook case for how the Hague Service Convention should be interpreted used in Russia.

The head of the Law Firm ‘911’ is attorney Vladimir Kopylov, a member of the bar of the City of Moscow. In his presentations, he acknowledges the assistance of the American attorneys that represented his firm’s clients in the U.S. federal court, particularly attorney George Lambert, of Washington, D.C., and attorney Jonathan Klein, with offices in Bridgeport, Connecticut.

The members of the bar in Moscow, as well as the members of the pubic, interested to participate in the session dedicated to the international law practice, can contact the organizing committee, spearheaded by the Law Firm ‘911’, at the contact information below.

Contact information for organizing committee:
Attorney Vladimir Kopylov, Esq.
Law Firm ‘911’, senior partner
66 Vavilova Street, Moscow, 119261, Russia
Tel. 7 (926) 113 0675



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