Oil Cos. Want Venezuelan Bribery Suit Dismissed

Law360, Miami (July 6, 2018, 6:59 PM EDT) -- The companies accused by Venezuela's state-owned oil company of participating in a bribery scheme urged a Florida federal court on Friday to dismiss the suit, claiming Venezuelan government officials, including President Nicolas Maduro, have acted in bad faith by preventing two witnesses from being deposed.

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP's William Burck, who represents defendant Trafigura AG, told U.S. Magistrate Judge Alicia M. Otazo-Reyes at a hearing in Miami that the defense was set to depose Venezuela state-owned oil company PDVSA's general counsel Hilda Cabeza in Madrid when they were notified two days before that Maduro and PDVSA President Manuel...

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