Court Confirms Foreign Arbitration Award, Notwithstanding Pending Action in Foreign Court Seeking Award’s Annulment

Applying the Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards, a U.S. federal district court confirmed a Lebanese arbitration award in favor of Iraq Telecom Ltd. for $3 million against Intercontinental Bank of Lebanon S.A.L. (IBL).

IBL had argued that the court should refuse to confirm the award because it had brought an annulment action in Lebanon, which, according to IBL, had the effect of rendering the award “nonbinding on the parties” under the primary jurisdiction’s (Lebanese) law…

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