English Commercial Court refuses to grant interim injunctive relief requiring a party to withdraw a claim in another jurisdiction

In A v OOO “Insurance Company Chubb” and other companies [2019] EWHC 2729 (Comm), the English Commercial Court (the Court) refused, for various reasons, to consider an application for interim relief. The application sought an order requiring a party to withdraw a claim in the Russian courts and seek a stay of those proceedings. The application was made on an urgent ex parte (but on notice) basis. The Court found that the matter, although capable of quick disposal, was not yet in a position to proceed any further because it was insufficiently prepared to enable there to be a fair hearing.

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ENGLISH HIGH COURT REFUSES TO AWARD COSTS TO CLAIMANT DESPITE SUCCESSFUL ENFORCEMENT OF ICC ARBITRATION AWARD

The English High Court (the “Court“) has refused to order costs to a claimant who successfully enforced an arbitration award, because the claimant did not satisfy its duty of full and frank disclosure when making a without notice enforcement application to the Court. In Leidos Inc v The Hellenic Republic [2019] EWHC 2738 (Comm), the claimant failed to explain to the Court that the defendant’s challenge of the award in Greece (the seat of the arbitration) might constitute a defence to enforcement in England. Even though the claimant was ultimately successful in enforcing the award, the Court held that this “serious” and “material” omission meant it would be unjust for the defendant to pay the claimant’s costs.

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