MIAMI – Rivero Mestre successfully defended Green Pampas, Inc., a Delaware corporation, and Pablo Antoniazzi, Green Pampas’ corporate representative, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.
Various businesses and individuals, including Mr. Antoniazzi and Green Pampas, were alleged to have violated both the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (“RICO”), 18 U.S.C. § 1962 and New York law in connection with the sale of urea to Paraguayan and Peruvian corporations and related letters of credit.
U.S. District Court Judge Paul A. Engelmayer dismissed all claims against Mr. Antoniazzi and Green Pampas, finding that the plaintiffs’ RICO claim failed as a matter of law and that the court lacked personal jurisdiction over Mr. Antoniazzi and Green Pampas. Further, the court noted that even if jurisdiction were proper as to Green Pampas, dismissal would be independently merited based on a binding arbitration provision in the parties’ purchase agreement.
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