You may be wondering why nothing seems to have happened in this case since January. The reason is that the defendant, the owner of the copyright in the play "Peter Pan," is located in London in the United Kingdom. In order to obtain jurisdiction over the defendant in the U.S. District Court in San Francisco, California, CIS is having the defendant served according to the Hague Convention on the Service Abroad of Judicial and Extrajudicial Documents in Civil or Commercial Matters, a treaty signed by both the United States of America and the United Kingdom. Essentially, our process server transmits the Summons and Complaint and related documents to the Senior Master of the Supreme Court in England (Central Authority) and the Central Authority is required, under the Convention, to serve the United Kingdom defendant. Unfortunately the Convention does not require that service be accomplished within any set time, and in our case it has taken over six months already!
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