ZTE Prevails At 9th Circ. In Wireless Contract Battle

Law360 (April 25, 2019, 8:59 PM EDT) -- The Ninth Circuit held on Thursday that Florida law bars cellphone provider NTCH-WA from bringing breach of contract claims against ZTE over a wireless network deal in Washington because a Florida federal court already confirmed an arbitration award in ZTE's favor in a related case.

NTCH-WA Inc. had argued that Washington law should apply in this case, and that the arbitration award in Florida didn't preclude its new claims. But ruling on an issue of first impression in the circuit, a three-judge panel said that when a federal court sitting in diversity confirms an arbitration award, the state where that court...

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