Los Angeles partners Dan Woods and Adam Weg obtained another big win for client J.G. Boswell Company in the $300 million antitrust case brought by Quinn Emanuel on behalf of Tradeline Enterprises Pvt. Ltd. After an international arbitration where the tribunal issued a comprehensive, 150-page final award summarily dismissing Tradeline’s $300 million antitrust claim and finding entirely in favor of Boswell, including awarding over $2.1 million for all of Boswell’s attorney’s fees and costs, the District Court entered judgment in conformity with that award.
Tradeline then filed an appeal of the judgment to the 9th Circuit, claiming that the District Court erred when it granted Boswell’s motion to compel arbitration in 2016. In response, Mr. Woods and Mr. Weg argued that the District Court did not err because, even though Boswell was not a signatory to the license agreement with the arbitration clause, Tradeline’s claims against Boswell were inextricably intertwined with the license agreement. On July 2, 2019, the 9th Circuit agreed, rejected Tradeline’s arguments, and unanimously affirmed the judgment in Boswell’s favor.