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AmTrust’s N.Y. Lawsuit Against Italian Arbitrator Dismissed for Lack of Personal Jurisdiction

NEW YORK — A New York federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit against an Italian arbitrator who was allegedly bribed to rig arbitrations against AmTrust Financial Services Inc., ruling that the defendant lacked the requisite minimum contacts with the United States sufficient for the court to exercise personal jurisdiction.

On Feb. 23, Judge Paul A. Engelmayer of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York concluded that AmTrust’s allegations fail to support that the arbitrator expressly directed his conduct at the U.S., even if the financial effect of an adverse arbitral outcome might have been felt by ...

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