Eighth Circuit Holds Claims Against Parent Company Were Precluded by Prior Arbitration Award…

Cellphone network developer Daredevil Inc. brought an action in a Missouri federal district court against Chinese technology firm ZTE Corp., which manufactured and sold telecommunications infrastructure and cellular network equipment, asserting claims for breach of contract, fraud, unjust enrichment, and tortious interference with contract.

Daredevil’s case against ZTE was stayed pending a Florida arbitration of Daredevil’s claims against a New Jersey-based wholly owned subsidiary of ZTE. The arbitrator ultimately denied Daredevil’s claims against ZTE’s subsidiary, and a Florida federal district court confirmed the arbitration award, which was affirmed by the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals. Daredevil then reopened its case against ZTE in the Missouri district court, and ZTE moved for summary judgment on the grounds that Daredevil’s claims were precluded by the prior arbitration award and confirmation….

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