Copin v Adamson: CA 1875

The plaintiff sought to enforce here a judgment obtained in France against the defendant, who now pleaded that he was not a native of and had not lived in France. He had not been served with any process or had any involvement in or knowledge of the proceedings in France. The plaintiff said that he owned shares in a French company which made him subject to its statutes which in turn provided for French law and jurisdiction on related disputes, and that any member must elect a French domicile, or that election could be made for it. The company having become insolvent, he was now pursued for the subscription promised.
Held: The reply was effective even though he had hadno notice of the proceedings: ‘The Courts of this country consider the defendant bound . . where he has contracted to submit himself to the forum in which the judgment was obtained.’


(1875) 1 Ex D 17, (1875) 45 LJQB 15, (1875) 33 LT 560, (1875) WR 85

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Held: The . .
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Updated: 18 May 2022; Ref: scu.565110