International Litigation and Cross-Border Disputes
-International Litigation and Cross-Border Trade Disputes
International transactions and cross-border disputes raise complex questions of jurisdiction, applicable law, and interpretation of treaties. We have accumulated considerable experience and expertise in these types of disputes.
In addition, we are particularly skilled at obtaining judgments to enforce international judgments or arbitral decisions for our clients.
-Multi-jurisdictional Litigation Support
We have broad experience in obtaining recognition and enforcement in Japan of international judgments and arbitral decisions, advising on and assisting with the service of process for multi-jurisdictional litigation (for example, under the Convention on Consular Relations and the Hague Service Convention), collecting evidence, preparing affidavits, conducting discovery procedures in Japan, document requests and deposition of Japanese nationals (i.e., submitting documents to and taking depositions onsite at embassies and consulates in Japan), examining witnesses under international agreements for mutual assistance in judicial proceedings, providing expert testimony on Japanese law, and successfully applying for temporary restraining orders over assets located in Japan.
-Examples of our experience include the following:
・Successfully representing a European company in a business dispute with its Japanese joint venture partner. We obtained a preliminary injunction from the Tokyo District Court, which allowed our client to recover control over the joint venture subsidiary.
・Successfully representing a major multinational corporation in a product liability case filed by one of its customers in Japan. The Tokyo District Court's dismissal of the plaintiff's claim was upheld on appeal.