Shipbuilder Won't Get Fees In $138M Venezuela Award Fight

Law360 (August 4, 2020, 8:43 PM EDT) -- Huntington Ingalls Inc. was unable Tuesday to convince a Mississippi judge to order Venezuela's defense ministry to pay attorney fees the U.S. military shipbuilder incurred while it fought to have a $138 million arbitral award enforced.

U.S. District Judge Halil Suleyman Ozerden rejected the shipbuilder's arguments that the ministry acted in bad faith by drawing out the nearly 20-year-old dispute because of a procedural issue over where the arbitration was to take place, nixing the company's bid for $187,000 in attorney fees.

The dispute, which relates to a $315 million contract under which Huntington Ingalls agreed to refurbish two frigates for...

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