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June 14, 2021 - Application by SAS, described as a French wholly-owned subsidiary of British firm Whitewater Capital Limited, to take discovery from Google LLC and Alphabet Inc. for use in legal proceedings "against Google LLC, Alphabet, Inc., Google Ireland Ltd. and Google France before the Paris Commercial Court filed on February 10, 2017 regarding the defendants' anti-competitive practices in the online comparison shopping market", filed at the U. S. District Court for the District of Delaware.

Aldini AG v. Silvaco, Inc.: Discovery Application

June 02, 2021 - Application by Aldini AG, which is described as having offices in Switzerland, Liechtenstein, and the British Virgin Islands, to take discovery from Silvaco, Inc., described as a Delaware company based in Santa Clara, California, for use in civil and criminal proceedings in France alleging securities fraud, filed at the U. S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

Comité Economique et Social Central d’Office Depot France et al v. The ODP Corporation: Discovery Application

May 20, 2021 - Application by Comité Economique et Social Central d’Office Depot France, a.k.a. Works Council, which is "the employee representative body of OFFICE DEPOT FRANCE tasked with defending the rights, holding the duties and obligation of collective expression of the employees of OFFICE DEPOT FRANCE", and Alter, described as "the certified public accountant appointed by the Works Council to assist it with the analysis and understanding of OFFICE DEPOT FRANCE's finances and strategy", to take discovery from The ODP Corporation "(i) for use by Applicants in pending insolvency proceedings before the French Commercial Court of Lille (Tribunal de Commerce de Lille) and (ii) for use in a pending criminal investigation instigated by the Works Council's complaint to the Attorney General of Lille", filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

Makhpal Karibzhanova v. Aidan Karibzhanov: Discovery Application

May 12, 2021 - Application by Makhpal Karibzhanova, who "is a citizen of Kazakhstan and is the former wife of a wealthy and politically-connected Kazakh businessman, Aidan Karibzhanov", for an order of judicial assistance "to obtain testimony and documentary evidence to assist in discovery for use in prospective Kazakhstan civil proceedings" involving her former husband, filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Tatiana Akhmedova v. Farkhad Akhmedov et al: Judgment

April 21, 2021 - Judgment for hundreds of millions of dollars in favor of a "wife" who "has been the victim of a series of schemes designed to put every penny of the Husband's wealth beyond her reach" involving individuals, companies, and structures in Bermuda, Cyprus, Dubai, England, France, Isle of Man, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Panama, Russia, and Switzerland in Tatiana Akhmedova v. Farkhad Teimur Ogly Akhmedov, a citizen of Russia; Woodblade Limited, of Cyprus; Cotor Investment SA, of Panama; Qubo 1 Establishment, of Liechtenstein; Qubo 2 Establishment, of Liechtenstein; Straight Establishment, of Liechtenstein; Avenger Assets Corporation, of Panama; Counselor Trust Reg, of Liechtenstein, as Trustee of certain Trusts; Sobaldo Establishment, of Liechtenstein, as Trustee of certain Trusts; Temur Akhmedov, described as "a British citizen who lives in London", and Borderedge Limited, of Cyprus, at the High Court of Justice, for England and Wales.

Nagravision SA v. Amazon Technologies Inc.: Discovery Application

April 20, 2021 - Application by Nagravision SA, of Switzerland, to take discovery from Amazon Technologies Inc. for use in legal proceedings in France regarding "an unauthorized Internet rebroadcasting service that provides television programming of Nagravision's customer in France", filed at the U. S. District Court for the Western District of Washington.

Nagravision SA v. 101Domain Inc. et al: Discovery Application

April 19, 2021 - Application by Nagravision SA, of Switzerland, described as being "part of the Kudelski Group, a world leader in digital security and convergent media solutions for the delivery of digital and interactive content", to take discovery from 101Domain Inc. and Digital Privacy Corporation Inc. for use in legal proceedings in France involving allegations of "piracy", filed at the U. S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

Moody's Investors Service Ltd. et al: Penalties

March 23, 2021 - Public Notice by the European Securities and Markets Authority that it has imposed penalties on Moody's Investors Service Ltd., Moody's France S.A.S., Moody's Deutschland GmbH, Moody's Italia S.r.l., and Moody's Investors Service España S.A.

Nicolas Plowiecki v. Piper Sandler & Co.: Discovery Application

March 22, 2021 - Application by Nicolas Plowiecki to take discovery from investment bank Piper Sandler & Co. for use in legal proceedings in France alleging "a majority shareholder's attempt to covertly sell a company in complete disregard of Petitioner's rights under a shareholders' agreement" involving Balt, Inc., which "specializes in neuroendovascular medical devices", filed at the U. S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Minnesota.

Axeria Re Ltd.: €23K Fine

March 12, 2021 - Public Notice by the Malta Financial Services Authority that it has imposed a fine of €23,000 on Axeria Re Limited for a regulatory breach. Editor's Note: Research by OffshoreAlert in the Malta Business Registry showed that Axeria Re Limited was incorporated in Malta on December 28th, 2007, recently changed its name to Axeria Limited, its directors are Andre Gabriel Arrago, a citizen of Germany; Jahide Assim Rajpar, Emmanuel Henri Maillet, both citizens of France, and Rosanne Tanti, of Malta, previous directors include Brian Borg, who resigned effective March 21st, 2020, and Ray Schembri, who resigned effective January 31st, 2019, and its shareholders are April Mediterranean Limited, of Malta, and April Group SA, of France.

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