August 4, 2011
The AmLaw Litigation Daily article, "Kelley Drye Wins Ruling from D.C. Judge Allowing Nigerian Client to Enforce $252 Million Arbitration Award," covered the case of Continental Transfert Technique Limited against the Nigerian government. It reported that Continental accused the republic of Nigeria of defaulting on a contract to manufacture computer-compatible identification cards, and that three years ago, Continental won a $252 arbitration award. However Nigeria never paid, resulting in litigation in the United States, the United Kingdom and Nigeria.
The article stated, "Now, thanks to the company's lawyers at Kelley Drye & Warren, Continental may finally be able to collect. On Wednesday a federal district judge in Washington, D.C. granted Continental's motion for summary judgment to enforce the award in the United States."
The article quoted partner Paul Doyle, who expressed hope that the decision would encourage Nigeria to pay its debts. Paul noted that the court in Nigeria also ruled in favor of Continental, with the judge expressing strong support for enforcement of the award.