Pakistan Can’t Force Firm To Deliver Tapes It Doesn’t Have

Law360 (April 10, 2019, 8:09 PM EDT) -- A D.C. federal judge on Wednesday denied the government of Pakistan’s request to make Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP turn over back-up tapes belonging to a client in an international dispute with the country, ruling the firm can’t hand over records it doesn’t have.

The dispute concerns international arbitration between Pakistan and Turkish energy company Karkey Karadeniz Elektrik Uretim A.S., in which the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes awarded Karkey an $846 million arbitral award.

Karkey had contracted with Pakistan in a rental power project before the country’s supreme court accused it of corruption and ordered its National...

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