OGI Group Corporation v Oil Projects Company of the Ministry of Oil, Baghdad, Iraq (SCOP) - United States District Court for the District of Columbia Civil Action No 2019-2619 - Memorandum Opinion by Judge Amit P. Mehta - 29 October 2020
Petitioner OGI Group Corporation ("OGI Group") brings this action to enforce a 2017 arbitration award returned against Oil Projects Company of the Ministry of Oil, Baghdad, Iraq (SCOP) ("SCOP") issued by the International Chamber of Commerce ("ICC") in Paris, France. The ICC tribunal awarded OGI Group $9.6 million in damages, $1.3 million in costs, and 3% interest. The parties agree that Respondent SCOP still owes OGI Group $1,410,647.52 of that award.
SCOP now moves to dismiss OGI Group's Petition to Confirm an Arbitration Award on the grounds that this court lacks personal jurisdiction over SCOP and that the District of Columbia is an improper venue for the Petition.
For the reasons that follow, the court grants Respondent's Motion to Dismiss the Petition to Confirm an Arbitration Award, both for want of personal jurisdiction and improper venue.