United States District Court, D. Connecticut
U.S. GAMES SYSTEMS, INC., Plaintiff,
AGM AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT MULLER URANIA, KONIGSFURT-URANIA VERLAG GMBH, and CARTAMUNDINV, Defendants. AGM AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT MULLER URANIA, Counterclaim Plaintiff,
U.S. GAMES SYSTEMS, INC., STUART R. KAPLAN TRUST FUND, and STUART R. KAPLAN as TRUSTEE of the STUART R. KAPLAN TRUST FUND, Counterclaim Defendants.
LETTER OF REQUEST FOR INTERNATIONAL JUDICIAL ASSISTANCE PURSUANT TO THE HAGUE CONVENTION OF 18 MARCH 1970 ON THE TAKING OF EVIDENCE ABROAD IN CIVIL OR COMMERCIAL MATTERS
HON STEFAN R. UNDERHILL UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE.
The United States District Court for the District of Connecticut presents its compliments to the High Court of Justice, Queen's Bench Division and requests international judicial assistance pursuant to the Hague Convention of 18 March 1970 on the Taking of Evidence Abroad in Civil or Commercial Matters to obtain testimonial and documentary evidence from The Random House Group Limited, a Penguin Random House Company, 20 Vauxhall Bridge Road, London SW1V 2SA, England, U.K., to be used at trial in the above-captioned civil action (the "Lawsuit").
1. Sender The Honorable Stefan R. Underhill United States District Judge United States District Court for the District of Connecticut, United States of America
2. Central Authority of the Requested State The Senior Master For the attention of the Foreign Process Section Room El6 Royal Courts of Justice Strand LONDON WC2A 2LL, England, U.K.
3. Person to whom the executed request is to be returned Mr. Stephen Silverman OGR Stock Denton LLP Winston House.
4. Specification of the date by which the requesting authority requires receipt of the response to the Letter of Request
Dated: As soon as reasonably practicable consistent with the Court's calendar.
IN CONFORMITY WITH ARTICLE 3 OF THE CONVENTION, THE UNDERSIGNED APPLICANT HAS THE HONOR TO SUBMIT THE FOLLOWING REQUEST:
a. Requesting judicial authority (Article 3, a)
United States District Court for the District of Connecticut.
b. To the competent authority of (Article 3, a)
THE UNITED KINGDOM OF GREAT BRITAIN AND NORTHERN IRELAND
c. Name of the case and any identifying number:
U.S. Games Systems, Inc. v. AGM Aktiengesselschaft Mutter Urania, et al, United States District Court for the District of Connecticut.
6. Names and addresses of the parties and their representatives (including representatives in the requested state) (Article 3, b)
Plaintiff/ Counterclaim Defendant U.S. Games Systems, Inc.United States of America., Barbar¿ J. Lipshutz, Esq. Jacobs & Burleigh LLP, Carole R. Bernstein, Esq. Offices of Carole R. Bernsteín.
DefgdanlCo.pnterplaim Piajnti ff AGM Ak:tiengesselschaft Muller Urania, Delfon L. Vandever, Esq. Windels Marx Lane & Mittendorq LLP, James T. Shearin, Esq. Pullman & Comley, LLC, James T. Shearin, Esq. Pullman & Comley, LLC.
Defendant Köaigsfurt-Urania Verlag GmbH, Delton L. Vandever, Esq. Windels Marx Lane & Mittendotf, LLP, James T. Shearin, Esq. Pullman & Comley, LLC, Mr. Stephen Silverman OGR Stock Denton LLP Winston House.
Defendant, Delton L. Vandever, Esq, Windels Marx l¿ne & Mitæntlorl LLP, James T. Shearin, Esq. Pullman & Comley, LLC, Mr. Stçhen Silverman OGR Stock Denton LLP Winston House.
c. Other parties - Additional Counterclaim Defendants
Counterclaim Defendant Stuart R. Kaplan Trust Fund and Stuart R Kaplan as Trustee of Stuart R Kaplan Trust Fund, United States of America
Barbara J. Lipshutz, Esq., Jacobs & Burleigh LLP, Cade R. Bemstein, F.sq. Law Offices of Carole R. Bernstein.
a. Nature of the proceedings (Article 3, c)
Civil lawsuit alleging breach of contract with respect to a copyright licensing agreement, an alleged trademark licensing agreement, and an alleged agreement to transfer trademarks, b. Summary of complaint
Plaintiff U.S. Games Systems, Inc. ("USGS") is a card and game publisher located in the United States. Defendants are AGM Aktiengesselschaft Muller Urania ("AGM"), a Swiss publisher and former printer; Konigsfurt-Urania Verlag GmbH ("Kongisfurt"), a German publisher; and Cartamundi NV ("Cartamundi"), a Belgian printer and publisher. Plaintiff alleges in its Amended Complaint that, "[a]part from the United States, where USGS owns a copyright in the images appearing on the Rider-Waite tarot cards, and the United Kingdom, USGS holds an exclusive license to the copyright in the images appearing on the face of the Rider-Waite tarot cards throughout the world, " (Am. Compl. ¶13.) In the course of discovery, Plaintiff submitted verified interrogatory answers stating that it obtained the exclusive ...