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Carnoustie Universal SA and others –v- International Transport Workers’ Federation and others

30th Jul 2002

[2002] 2 All ER (Comm) 657

Dominic Kendrick QC acted in this Action – Dismissal – Abuse of process of court – Claimants issuing proceedings against English defendant – Claimants issuing virtually identical proceedings against same defendant and Finnish defendants to pre-empt anticipated Finnish action by Finnish defendants – Whether second action abuse of process of court.
Conflict of laws – Jurisdiction – Challenge to jurisdiction – Civil and commercial matters – English claimants issuing proceedings against Finnish and English defendants in respect of industrial dispute in Finland – Industrial dispute settled by agreement – Claimants alleging that agreement void or voidable for duress – Defendants relying on Finnish jurisdiction clause in agreement – Whether English court having jurisdiction

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