Commercial Division Blog

Posted: May 14, 2021 / Categories Commercial, Service of Process

Defendant Waived Objection to Service By Failing to Raise it in Pre-Answer Motion to Dismiss

On May 4, 2021, the First Department issued a decision in J.G. Jewelry Pte. Ltd. v. TJC Jewelry, Inc., 2021 NY Slip Op. 02747, holding that defendants waived an objection to service by failing to raise it in a pre-answer motion to dismiss, explaining:

Supreme Court properly found that service of process was effected. Defendants, business entities organized in India, waived the defense that service upon their corporate officers while visiting Hong Kong did not comport with the Hague Convention on the Service Abroad of Judicial and Extrajudicial Documents in Civil or Commercial Matters, by failing to assert it, with specificity, in connection with their initial pre-answer motion to dismiss.

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