Blount Law Makes Law: A Case of First Impression in Florida

Establishes New Standard for International Service of Lawsuits on International Defendants

On December 18, 2015, Blount Law received a decision from the Second District Court of Appeals, marking an appellate victory for a very important client and effectively establishing a new standard for service of lawsuits upon international defendants under Florida Law in a case of first impression.  You can read the appellate court’s decision at:  www.2dca.org/opinions/Opinion_Pages/Opinion_Pages_2015/December/December%2018,%202015/2D15-1676.pdf.

   After Blount Law served an International Corporate Defendant with a law suit on behalf of our client, the Defendant hired a high-priced Miami Law firm (actually two law firms) to invalidate that service.  After Blount Law defeated those arguments at the Trial Court level, the International Corporate Defendants took the matter up on appeal.  The issue presented was one of first impression in Florida, meaning there was no Florida Law directly on point and that this appeal would literally MAKE NEW FLORIDA LAW.

As a boutique litigation firm that handles each and every case with a results-oriented, customized approach, Blount Law did not have to retain an outside appellate firm to handle this complex matter.  The lawyers at Blount Law simply rolled up their sleeves and got to work.  Ultimately the Appellate Court ruled in our client’s favor and ESTABLISHED A NEW STANDARD FOR ALL FLORIDA LAWYERS determining that international defendants could be served quickly and easily under The Hague Convention without resorting to the complexities of foreign rules and laws.  The big bully corporation would have to appear in Florida Court to answer to our client’s complaint.

Not wanting to answer our client’s complaint, the international defendant sought every procedural tactic to reverse the Appellate Court’s decision, including attempts to have the matter reheard or heard by the Florida Supreme Court.  Those tactics were not enough to outmaneuver the Blount Law team and Mandate was issued on March 28, 2016.  The International Defendant’s efforts on appeal were defeated.  Our client now will get his day in Court and lawyers and other clients throughout the State of Florida will be able to bring foreign defendants before the Florida courts in a simple and cost-effective manner.  More importantly, international corporations and other defendants, will now be more easily brought before the courts to answer for damages to Florida citizens brought about by their business dealings in Florida.

 

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