Disputes | 15 October 2019

A key distinction between US and non-US litigation is the liberal discovery available to parties in the United States. However, non-US litigants have a powerful tool that can provide the benefit of US discovery rules to obtain broad discovery for use in proceedings abroad. United States Statute 28 USC §1782 empowers a district court to order a person who either ‘resides’ or ‘is found’ in the court’s district to ‘give his testimony or statement or to produce a document or other thing for use in a proceeding in a foreign or international tribunal.’ This article explains the requirements that a §1782 application must satisfy and what type of discovery can be expected if the application is granted. [Continue Reading]