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Larry Pascal, Jeremy Kernodle, Michael Hood and Katie Dolan-Galaviz in Latin Lawyer: Haynes and Boone in cross-border dispute cases
Haynes and Boone LLP has won two cross-border dispute cases filed by Mars against Costa Rican and Nicaraguan distributors in a US court, working with Pacheco Coto in Costa Rica and Arias & Muñoz (Nicaragua).
US firm Chadbourne & Parke LLP represented Mars in both the cases, which saw the multinational company file two separate cases in an attempt to break contracts with their Central American distributors in a US court, thereby seeking to avoid damages payable to the local dealer in the event of contract termination which fall under Costa Rican and Nicaraguan law.
Haynes and Boone is currently defending several Central American clients from Costa Rica, Nicaragua, El Salvador and Honduras against contract litigation filed by Mars, including another still pending case against dealers D’Casa in El Salvador and Distribuidora Comercial Americana in Honduras.
The case filed by Mars against Costa Rican distributor Constenla and Nicaraguan distributor Café Soluble raised jurisdictional issues over whether a US manufacturer like Mars can sue a foreign distributor in a US court when the relationship was primarily outside the United States...
Counsel to Constenla: Haynes and Boone: Partners Jeremy Kernodle, Michael Hood and Larry Pascal
Counsel to Café Soluble: Haynes and Boone Boone: Partners Jeremy Kernodle, Michael Hood and Larry Pascal and associate Katie Dolan-Galaviz
Excerpt from Latin Lawyer, March 19, 2012. To view the full article, click here (subscription required).