ESAB Coverage Row Scattered To Arbitration, SC Court

Law360, New York (February 24, 2011, 8:22 PM EST) -- A South Carolina federal judge ruled Tuesday that international arbitral treaties are not reverse-preempted by the McCarran-Ferguson Act, forcing a welding rod manufacturer to arbitrate most of its claims against Zurich Insurance Co. over tens of millions of dollars of products liability coverage.

Confronting a circuit split, Judge Thomas E. Rogers III held that the U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina had jurisdiction over The ESAB Group Inc.’s mammoth coverage dispute because the New York Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign...
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