New Suggested Agent for Service of Suit in California
California is the sole state that requires an agent for service of suit to have a physical office located within the state.
Mendes & Mount LLP, Lloyd’s previously suggested agent for California, closed their California offices as of 31 December 2013. Provision has been made to accommodate pre-existing policies naming Mendes & Mount LLP using a mail forwarding service. Underwriters, in future, may wish to designate Foley and Lardner as agent for service of suit in California policies. Service upon Foley & Lardner will be forwarded to Mendes & Mount's New York office.
Foley & Lardner LLP
555 California Street, Suite 1700
San Francisco, CA 94104-1520
Mendes & Mount LLP remains Lloyd’s suggested agent for most other states. The use of the above firms is not mandatory and underwriters are free to appoint another agent if desired. For additional information on state requirements for service of suit please refer to the individual states’ Crystal pages or contact LITA.
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