Court upholds $185 million award against Argentina

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Associated Press

Posted on March 5, 2014 at 11:00 AM

Updated Wednesday, Mar 5 at 12:05 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has upheld a British natural gas company's multimillion dollar award against the government of Argentina.

BG Group won $185 million through arbitration of a dispute with Argentina over investment in natural gas development. An arbitration tribunal said the company did not have to first submit the dispute to Argentine courts before arbitration could begin.

Argentina asked a U.S. court to throw out the award. The federal appeals court in Washington, D.C., sided with Argentina because it found that judges, not arbitrators, should decide where attempts to resolve the dispute should begin.

But the Supreme Court said Wednesday the arbitrators get to make that call and that they were correct to rule in favor of BG Group in this case.

The case is BG Group v. Argentina, 12-138.

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