January 10, 2020 Feature

Can a U.S. Court Order Foreign Discovery for a Foreign Use?

Does section 1782 of the U.S. Code permit discovery of documents and things outside the United States?

Frederick A. Acomb and James L. Woolard

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A German company and an English company are litigating a dispute in an English court. The German company seeks third-party documents, owned by an American company and warehoused in Mexico, for use in the English litigation. The German company retains you—a U.S. lawyer—to ask a U.S. court to order the domestic owner to produce its Mexican documents.

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