Aix en Provence Court of Appeal, 29 March 2018, HP Technical v. Airbus Helicopters, no. 17/17258

The Airbus Helicopters company concluded with a company incorporated under Nigerian law, two consultant contracts to develop helicopters sales of the Airbus Helicopters company in Nigeria. During the execution of the contract, a dispute appeared about the remuneration of the Nigerian consultant, the HP Technical company assigned thus the French company before the Commercial Tribunal of Aix en Provence. The Commercial Tribunal of Aix en Provence declared its lack of jurisdiction, indeed, although the dispute is not directly founded on the consultant contracts containing the arbitration clause, these provide that parties will institute arbitration proceedings in “all disputes arising or in relation with the contract” that is the case in fact.

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