Eleventh Circuit Affirms Denial of Imax Corp.’s Petition to Vacate Arbitration Tribunal Rulings That Included Awards of Nearly $1 Million in Arbitration Costs and Attorney’s Fees

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The arbitration awards involved several agreements for the sale, lease, and maintenance of Imax theater systems in South and Central America and the Caribbean. The arbitral tribunal issued a partial final award, and then several months later the tribunal issued its final award that resolved requests for relief on which it had deferred ruling. The tribunal ordered Imax to pay the opposing party $971,525.38 in arbitration costs, representing $800,000 in attorneys’ fees, and 70% of the administrative fees and expenses of the International Dispute Resolution Procedures of the American Arbitration Association, as well as 70% of the compensation and expenses of the arbitrators, which totaled $171,525.38. Imax challenged the awards, but the district court denied vacatur. The Eleventh Circuit then affirmed the denial, finding that the district court properly denied vacatur because Imax “failed to carry its burden to establish” (1) a defense under the Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards or (2) that the arbitral tribunal exceeded its powers under the Federal Arbitration Act.

IMAX Corp. v. Giencourt Investments, S.A., No. 20-10491 (11th Cir. May 28, 2020).

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