Court Grants Nigeria’s Second § 1782 Application for Discovery in Foreign Proceeding in Dispute Over $10B Arbitration Award Related to Gas Supply Agreement

The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York granted the 28 U.S.C. § 1782 application of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to issue subpoenas on four U.S. entities and two individuals, the respondents, in aid of an upcoming fraud trial against Process and Industrial Developments Ltd. (P&ID) before the English High Court of Justice in London, England. In that proceeding, Nigeria seeks to set aside a $10 billion arbitral award, which arose from a gas supply and processing agreement between P&ID and Nigeria that Nigeria claims was fraudulently procured.

According to Nigeria, P&ID is a “shell entity whose only asset” is the arbitration award. Nigeria sought to issue a subpoena to each respondent concerning the acquisition of P&ID, financial records, P&ID’s business operations relating to the agreement and the arbitral award, and other issues…

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