IPG Legal Prevails for an American Father in a Korean Child Abduction Case against a Korean Mother

IPG Legal prevailed for an American Father against a Korean Mother who abducted children from America. The American father hired IPG Legal to assist in the return of the children to California via Korean Law and the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of Child Abduction. IPG Legal’s team included a retired senior Korean court judge, senior litigators, and internationally experienced attorneys. The Mother hired one of the largest ubiquitous Korean law firms and other Korean law firms to defend

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Not Paying Korean Statutory Severance to an Employee in Korea is a Crime

Korean Labor & Employment Law has strict and specific rules imposed on employers, running afoul of these rules can place a representative director/sole director or the individual employee responsible for the violation of law to face criminal and civil sanctions. The criminal sanctions can include a sentence of time in prison or large fines. For an article on severance obligations after a merger please see: Korean Statutory Severance Obligations After a Merger in Korea. For example, the Employee Retirement Benefit

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IPG Prevails in Lawsuit for American Veteran Shot by a Korean Police Officer

An IPG Legal attorney was quoted by the Korea Times in a case in which a U.S. Army Veteran was recklessly shot by a Korean police officer. IPG Legal prevailed in obtaining a civil damages award and also persuading the Korean Prosecution to indict the police officer responsible for the injuries. For a prior article on this issue please see: American Shot by Korean Police Officer. While not easy, IPG Legal proved it is possible to prevail in a case

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Korean Commercial Arbitration Boards New International Mediation Rules

The Korean Commercial Arbitration Board (“KCAB”) in a move to encourage more international mediation at the KCAB has adopted International Medication Rules. The International Mediation Rules of the KCAB are effective as of January 1, 2024. The KCAB is the, only, statutorily-authorized arbitration board in Korea. For an article on arbitration in Korea, please see Arbitration in Korea at the Korean Commercial Arbitration Board and an Introduction to Korean Arbitration. The International Mediation Rules of the KCAB are a reaction

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Top 100 Korean Lawyers & Legal Consultants in Korea

Sean Hayes, head of the Top Korean Dispute Resolution Law Firm of the Year was rated by LawAsia, one of the leading peer-reviewed publications in Asia, as a Top 100 Lawyer in Korea. Sean Hayes is one of the only non-Korean attorneys on this Korean Lawyer “A-list” and the only non-Korean that was on the list each year the list was published. Sean Hayes is the first non-Korean attorney to have worked for the Korean court system (Constitutional Court of

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Collecting an Unpaid Invoice from a Korean Bankrupt Debtor

The number of bankruptcy and rehabilitation filings in Korea is on the rise. The last creditor to be paid is, typically, the foreign company. We receive emails, on nearly a weekly basis, from companies and individuals attempting to collect commercial debts in Korea. Many of these creditors are not aware that the Korean debtor has filed for bankruptcy or is experiencing financial difficulties.   Before Engaging in a Relationship with a Korean Company 1. Before engaging in any work or giving

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Service of Process of Legal Documents in Korea explained by the Korean Supreme Court

The Korean Supreme Court has recently rendered a judgment highlighting the requirements for Korean courts to accept the service of legal documents, in Korea. In a case involving a dispute over the existence of a right of easement, the Supreme Court of Korea declared that merely listing an address in appeal documents is not sufficient if there is no possibility of receiving the legal documents at that location. This decision has far-reaching implications for those wishing to serve documents on

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Korean Jurisdictional and Choice of Law Issues in Commercial Agency & Distributor Agreements with Korean-based Agents & Distributors

In drafting and negotiating a Korean commercial agency agreement between a principal located in one country and an agent located in Korea, proper consideration needs to be given to the choices regarding the governing law and jurisdiction of such an agreement. If you are looking for an article on choice of law issues in Korean employment disputes, please see: Choice of Law Issues in Korean Employment Law Disputes. If you are looking for a basic overview of Korean Agency &

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Filing a Petition to a Korean Ministry of Employment & Labor’s Labor Office in South Korea

Filing a petition to the Korean Labor Office in Korea in your area is the first step for some employees in Korea who assert that their labor rights under Korean Labor Law are violated. In many cases, it is advisable to not file with the Ministry of Employment & Labor’s (MOEL) Labor Office, but file, directly, to a Korean District Court. This discussion of the proper forum for a dispute in a Korean labor law case is beyond the scope

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Legal Document Service in Korea via Hague Service Convention

The Hague Service Convention, also known as the Convention on the Service Abroad of Judicial and Extrajudicial Documents in Civil or Commercial Matters, is an international treaty that provides for the service of judicial and extrajudicial documents between countries. South Korea is a signatory to the Hague Service Convention, which means that documents must be served between South Korea and other signatory countries according to the provisions of the Convention. For another related article please see: Enforcement of Foreign Judgments

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