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Breaking: London court upturns P&ID $10bn claim in favor of Nigeria

Breaking: London court upturns P&ID $10bn claim in favor of Nigeria

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A London High Court on Friday, September 4, 2020 upturned the $10 billion arbitration judgment given against Nigeria in favour of a company, Process & Industrial Development over a gas processing contract.

The  trial judge, Sir Ross Cranston, a judge of the Business and Property Courts of England and Wales, handed down the judgment remotely due to the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown.

The suit with Case No: CL-2019-000752 gave Nigeria an extension of time and relief to prove that the whole contract is a fraud against the West-African nation.

The judgment reads: “COVID-19 Protocol: This judgment will be handed down by the judge remotely by circulation to the parties’ representatives by email and release to Bailii. The date and time for hand-down will be deemed to be 10:30 am on 4 September 2020”.

Sir Cranston in his judgment stated: “Nigeria has acted reasonably. Given the strong prima facie case of fraud, I have concluded Nigeria has established the position along the lines of that identified in Terna, where Popplewell J identified the substantial injustice an applicant would suffer in respect of the underlying dispute if deprived of the opportunity of making a challenge should an extension of time be refused: Terna Bahrain Holding Company WLL v Bin Kamil AlShamsi [2012] EWHC 3283 (Comm), [2013] 1 Lloyd’s Rep 86, [33].

For the reasons I have given, P&ID has contributed to the delay, and it will not by reason of the delay suffer irremediable prejudice in addition to the mere loss of time if the application is permitted to proceed. Although not a primary factor, fairness in the broadest sense favours an extension in this case.

“And so I grant Nigeria’s applications for an extension of time and relief from sanctions”.


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