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[10PacRimLPolyJ691] Service of the United States Process in Russia Under Rule 4(F) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure

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dc.contributor.author Gidirimski, Tatyana
dc.contributor.author Pacific Rim Law & Policy Journal
dc.date.accessioned 2011-02-15T18:43:55Z
dc.date.available 2011-02-15T18:43:55Z
dc.date.issued 2001-05
dc.identifier.citation 10 Pac. Rim L. & Pol'y J. 691 (2001) en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1066-8632
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1773.1/796
dc.description.abstract Abstract: When a potential Russian defendant is not present and cannot be served within the United States, U.S. litigants may be faced with the necessity of carrying out service of process in Russia. If the suit is brought in a U.S. district court, Rule 4(f) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure will govem service of process. Although Rule 4(f) provides a number of options for service of process abroad, only two of these options can be used to serve process in Russia. First, service may be done through a letter of request. In fact, Russian law requires foreign service of process to arrive in Russia only by means of letters of request through diplomatic channels. Despite delays caused by the cumbersome procedure for passing letters of request to the appropriate court, experience shows that it can be done. Second, U.S. plaintiffs can ask a federal court to direct service in Russia by other means, which are open to the discretion of the court. This method is highly useful if the defendant has assets in the United States and subsequent enforcement of the judgment in Russia will not be required. If, however, enforcement is necessary, service by means of a letter of request is a better alternative because Russian courts can refuse to enforce a judgment where service did not comply with Russian law. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Seattle: Pacific Rim Law & Policy Journal, University of Washington School of Law en_US
dc.subject Comment en_US
dc.title [10PacRimLPolyJ691] Service of the United States Process in Russia Under Rule 4(F) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.rights.holder Copyright 2001 by Pacific Rim Law & Policy Association en_US

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