EPC Contractors Procuring from Foreign Companies need to Reconsider their Contracts

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The Rockefeller decision arguably makes it impossible to require foreign companies from some of the largest economies, including China, Japan, Germany, U.K., India, Korea, Russia and Mexico, to show up in a California court based on notice provided by mail, courier (FedEx), or email.

July 18, 2018
Hwan Kim – Construction & Infrastructure Law Blog

A recent California case may force engineering, procurement and construction companies doing business with foreign suppliers to reconsider—and maybe rewrite—their contracts. In Rockefeller Technology Investments (Asia) VII v. Changzhou SinoType Technology Co., Ltd., the California Court of Appeal held that parties may not contract around the formal service requirements of the Convention on the Service Abroad of Judicial and Extrajudicial Documents, commonly referred to as the Hague Service Convention. The decision could have profound implications for international business.

Mr. Kim may be contacted at hkim@sheppardmullin.com



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