Mesa Power Group LLC v Government of Canada - Case No 1-16-CV-01101-JDB - United States District Court for the District of Columbia - Memorandum Opinion - 15 June 2017
This is a dispute over enforcement of an arbitration award. Mesa Power Group, LLC ("Mesa"), an energy company, believes that the government of Canada violated the North American Free Trade Agreement in how it awarded various renewable energy contracts in Ontario. An arbitration panel disagreed. Mesa now petitions this Court to vacate that award; Canada counter-petitions for enforcement of the award. Given a federal court's narrow power to review the substance of arbitration awards, the Court will deny Mesa's petition to vacate and grant Canada's counter-petition to enforce the award. Canada also argues that Mesa's petition is frivolous and in bad faith, and therefore requests that this Court award it attorney's fees. The Court will deny that request.