Nigeria Attys In $276M Award Dispute Can’t Quit, Judge Told

Law360, New York (August 4, 2016, 5:26 PM EDT) -- An identity card company that won a $276 million arbitral award against Nigeria’s government urged a D.C. federal judge on Thursday not to let the country’s lawyers pull out of the case after eight years of litigation and collection efforts.

Thomas M. Dunlap and David Ludwig of Dunlap Bennett & Ludwig PLLC and Kenechukwu C. Okoli had sought in June to withdraw from the case, citing a D.C. ethics rule that allows lawyers to quit their clients over nonpayment or “obdurate or vexatious conduct.” The award was confirmed in 2011, and Nigeria’s arguments that sovereign immunity protected the country from disclosing...

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