On November 5, 2020, Briton P. Sparkman of Chalos & Co, P.C. attended and presented at the Maritime Law Association Virtual Fall Meeting for the Uniformity Committee on U.S. Maritime Law. Mr. Sparkman’s presentation was on the split in recent Circuit Court of Appeals opinions interpreting the ability of district courts to grant discovery in aid of a foreign proceedings pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1782. Specifically, the different approaches taken by the Second, Fifth, and Seventh Circuits in holding that such discovery is not available for foreign private arbitration and the Fourth and Sixth Circuits which have said that it is. The meeting also included a presentation by Committee Chair, Professor Michael Sturley on Circuit conflicts in cargo law.
The presentation provided Continuing Legal Education (“CLE”) credit for the 85+ attendees of the meeting and was recorded to be added to the MLA’s CLE library in the near future.
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