US Court Holds that Service Providing Actual Notice of Arbitration-related Court Proceeding……

In 2014, Plaintiff TVL International, LLC (“TVL”), a Delaware corporation, and Defendants Zheijiang Shenghui Lighting Co., Ltd. (“Zheijiang”), a Chinese LED light bulb manufacturer, and SengLED USA, Inc. (“SengLED”), Zheijiang’s U.S. subsidiary, executed a non-disclosure agreement relating to their efforts to jointly develop a “battery back-up LED light bulb”. By 2015, the parties had stopped working together and eventually developed their own LED products.

TVL alleged that Zheijiang and SengLED, in the course of their LED product development, breached the non-disclosure agreement and violated state and federal trade secret laws. Pursuant to arbitration provisions in the non-disclosure agreement, TVL submitted these claims to the American Arbitration Association (“AAA”) in North Carolina. In 2019, an arbitration panel awarded TVL $3 million in compensatory and punitive damages, interest, and fees.

Shortly thereafter, TVL filed a petition to confirm the arbitration award in the United States District Court for the Western District of North Carolina. TVL served the petition and summons via email and FedEx on Defendants’ outside counsel and SengLED’s registered agent.

Read the complete story here.

Featured Arbitrators

ad
View all

Read these next

Category

6 Hours of Social Media Blackout in Arbitration? The Cybersecurity Perspective

Did Monday 6th October 2021 feel like a snow or rain day to you? With Facebook, Facebook Messenger, Instagram, and WhatsApp down for nearly six hours, panic and confusion took...

By Katie Hyman, Wendy Gonzales
Category

In Case You Missed Them, Here Are the Top 10 Highlights of Arbitration in 2021

In case you missed them, here are the Top 10 Highlights of Arbitration in 2021 to look back on as we kick off 2022! Highlight #10 - The Amazon 'about-face',...

By Amy Schmitz
Category

International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR) Rule Amendments Greenlight OArb

Effective March 1, 2021, the International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR) amended a number of its International Dispute Resolution Procedures. The amendments impact several areas of the ICDR arbitration rules:...

By Amy Schmitz

Find an Arbitrator