US Mine Supplier Must Arbitrate In S. Africa, Judge Rules

By Jack Newsham (October 4, 2016, 10:30 PM EDT) -- A U.S. mining equipment distributor whose business was threatened when a competitor took over a key supplier was ordered Tuesday to take the dispute with its rival to arbitration in South Africa by a West Virginia federal judge.

Shilmann Rocbit LLC had struck a deal with South Africa-based Riplog Pty Ltd. in 2014 to distribute a piece of Riplog-made mining equipment known as a gas bag or hole plug in the United States. Later that year, however, the Australian mine supplier MTI Group Pty Ltd. bought Riplog and allegedly began selling products through a U.S. subsidiary that Shilmann claimed it had...

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