Patrick Hammon and Matthew Schechter Review CA Supreme Court's Rockefeller Decision

Two of our partners, Patrick Hammon and Matthew Schechter, recently authored an article for The Recorder, examining the California Supreme Court's unanimous decision in Rockefeller Technology Investments (Asia) VII v. Changzhou Sinotype Technology Co., Ltd. (Cal., Apr. 2, 2020, No. S249923) 2020 WL 1608906. The April 2 decision has far-reaching implications regarding arbitration provisions and service of process. Specifically, the panel held that because Rockefeller and SinoType had agreed on a method of service, the Hague Convention did not override the terms of the parties' agreement.

Patrick and Matt review the background of the case and examine how the Court reached its decision. They explain that the decision provides "a roadmap for future courts where issues of private agreements regarding personal jurisdiction, service, and notice arise."

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