4th Circ. Affirms UK Jurisdiction In Contract Spat

Law360, New York (December 8, 2010, 8:29 PM EST) -- A federal appeals court has handed a victory to AstraZeneca UK Ltd. in a $10 million breach of contract suit filed by chemical supplier Albemarle Corp., saying a forum selection clause in the contract requires that U.S. proceedings be stayed while the two companies duke it out in English court.

Albermarle’s argument that enforcing the selection clause would violate South Carolina public policy is contrary to the state’s own court rulings and to the primacy of federal law in federal courts, Judge Paul Niemeyer of the...
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