Servotronics Inc v The Boeing Co - United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit Case No 18-2454 - 30 March 2020
The question in this case is whether a party to a private arbitration in the United Kingdom can, under 28 U.S.C. § 1782, obtain testimony from residents of South Carolina for use in the arbitration. Section 1782(a) provides that a U.S. district court may, on the request of an interested party, provide assistance in connection with a proceeding before "a foreign or international tribunal" by ordering a person in its district "to give his testimony or statement or to produce a document or other thing for use in [the] proceeding." The parties disagree as to whether the UK arbitration panel is a "foreign or international tribunal," as that phrase is used in § 1782(a).