U.S. Courts Confirm Judgment Recognition Approach to Annulled Awards

24 July 2017
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Key takeaways

  • Three recent judgments refusing to enforce annulled arbitral awards continue U.S. courts’ focus on the associated foreign court judgments.
  • Both the D.C. and Second Circuit courts granted comity to foreign courts’ annulment decisions, while the New York state appellate court denied comity to a foreign court’s recognition of an annulled award.
  • The New York state court even went one step further and enjoined a party from taking steps to enforce the annulled award abroad. This appears to be the first time that a New York court has restrained enforcement of an arbitral award abroad.