Dominican Republic Urges Toss Of $41M Ecotourism Row

Law360 (April 13, 2018, 4:25 PM EDT) -- The Dominican Republic has urged a Permanent Court of Arbitration tribunal to toss an American couple's $41.5 million claim alleging the country obstructed their gated community's ecotourism expansion, saying the couple used their Dominican nationality to avoid fees, but played up their Florida connections when filing an international claim.

The country argued that arbitrators lack jurisdiction to consider the case because the couple — missionaries Michael and Lisa Ballantine — made themselves out to be Dominican citizens when signing contracts, getting a loan and obtaining licenses for an...
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