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India Bribe Case May Halt Arbitration Over $639M Copter Deal

Law360 (January 10, 2019, 5:50 PM EST) -- An Indian judge has agreed to consider halting arbitration initiated by Italian defense contractor AgustaWestland stemming from a nixed $639 million Indian military helicopter supply deal that was allegedly tainted by bribery, while the Indian government continues related criminal proceedings.

While Delhi High Court Judge Prathiba M. Singh stopped short of immediately granting the Indian government's request to halt the arbitration in her Wednesday opinion, she said she would hear additional arguments from the parties on the issue.

"Insofar as the question as to whether the contract which includes the arbitration agreement is vitiated by fraud, as also the allegations of...

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