US District Court for the District of Columbia, 13 November 2017, Sharp & Sharp Electronics v. Hisense USA & Hisense International, no. 1:17-cv-01648-JEB

Sharp and Hisense, two television manufacturers, entered into a licensing agreement in 2015. In 2017, Sharp terminated the agreement alleging that Hisense had violated regulatory standards and failed to maintain the quality of its television sets. The latter sent a request for arbitration before the SIAC and sought an emergency order requiring Sharp to abide by the agreement while the full arbitration was pending and to prevent it from harmful statements. An emergency arbitrator issued an interim award granting this request. Sharp filed suit in the US, arguing that the award was not enforceable in the US as it contradicted their public policy (freedom of speech).
The Court stated that the interim award did not contradict any fundamental public policy.

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