Jewelry Co. Says Virus No Reason Not To Arbitrate Dispute

Law360 (April 20, 2020, 9:34 PM EDT) -- A luxury watch and jewelry manufacturer has argued that the COVID-19 pandemic shouldn't prevent a Florida federal court from sending a multimillion-dollar dispute with one of the company's retailers to arbitration, saying the proceedings could be conducted remotely.

Manufacturer Richemont North America Inc. said Friday that retailer Les Bijoux Group LLC has argued that arbitration of its more than $7 million dispute is "incapable of being performed" due to the coronavirus pandemic, but Richemont said the disruption doesn't constitute a basis on which the parties' contract can be rewritten or their negotiated arbitration clauses can be escaped.

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