Have you heard anything further about Real Estategate—the case that found many of this area’s real estate firms guilty of monopolistic price fixing? It was really a landmark case. We had the head investigator of the case from COFECE (Mexico’s anti-trust commission) speaking at my corporate law class last week. They’re really encouraging people who… Keep Reading
Last week we won a PROFECO case. PROFECO is a federal consumer protection agency. It concerned a guy who took his truck to a Guadalajara Chevy dealership for servicing. Keep Reading
The issue of same sex marriages has been controversial around the world, and no more so than here in Mexico. While the Mexican Supreme Court has stated that people of the same sex have the right to marry, and certain states have eliminated verbiage in their civil codes that would impede same sex marriages, the reality is that it still remains very difficult.Keep Reading
I understand there is a new Mexican telecommunications law, effective January 1, 2015. Do you know anything about it?Keep Reading
Amparo is a device found in Mexican constitutional law. An amparo decision is made by a federal court ordering a lower court or a government agency to do something that they are required to do, or to refrain from doing something illegal.Keep Reading
Directors and officers of registered organizations need to be aware of article 2261 of the Jalisco Civil Code. Examples of registered organizations are condominiums, fraccionamientos, and certain charities.
Article 2261 says that a director or officer is responsible for the actions of any professional they hire to do work for the organization.Keep Reading
Coming from other countries, we are not used to gardeners and maids suing us, especially if they have not worked properly for us, or even worse, if they’ve stolen from us.Keep Reading
I understand that court cases, both civil and criminal, often take years to finish in Mexico. What do people do in the meantime?
If it’s a criminal matter, it has to go through the proper channels, involving the Ministerio Publico, judges, and courts. So, there’s not much people can do by themselves. But, if it’s a civil matter, like a landlord/tenant dispute, or a neighbor or merchant dispute (not involving fraud, which is criminal), there are things people can do themselves.Keep Reading
Litigation anywhere is a dirty business. Small town litigation is a dirtier business. And Chapala is a small town. If your goal is justice, your strategy should be to get your litigation out of Chapala Municipality as quickly as possible. If your goal is to defeat justice, then, by all means, keep your litigation in Chapala!Keep Reading
Every adult Mexican is issued an official ID card for voting called an IFE card (Instituto Federal Electoral).Keep Reading
In 2007, Justus Hauser, owner of All-in-1 Mexico Real Estate, filed a complaint with Mexico’s Comisión Federal de Competencia Económica (commission on economic competition).Keep Reading
You’ve been taking some interesting classes in recent weeks.
Yes, there’s been a series of classes in preparation for instituting oral trials in Jalisco.Keep Reading
The following is an interview conducted with Chapala attorney Spencer McMullen. I understand that you’ve uncovered some issues regarding US lawyers practicing law here illegally. There are at least two American lawyers in the Lake Chapala area who are practicing law here without Mexican licenses (cédulas). Keep Reading
The following is an interview with Chapala attorney Spencer McMullen. The expat community has been reeling over the recent murders of the two Canadian expats by contractors, allegedly, one of whom was working next door to the couple. Should people be worried about their contractors? Keep Reading