SAN DIEGO and MCLEAN, Va., Nov. 22 LAWFUEL – Law News International — Science Applications International Corporation (NYSE: SAI) announced today that the Supreme Court of South Africa issued a unanimous judgment affirming and reinstating an international arbitration award in favor of Telcordia Technologies, Inc., a former wholly-owned subsidiary of SAIC.
The arbitration award, issued in September 2002 by the International
Chamber of Commerce’s (ICC) International Court of Arbitration, found in
favor of Telcordia in a breach of contract dispute with Telkom South
Africa, which was then the state-owned, monopoly provider of wireline
telecommunications in South Africa.
Telkom South Africa had challenged the validity of the arbitration
award in the South African courts for the last four years. SAIC retained
legal and financial responsibility and control for this matter when
Telcordia was sold in 2005.
“This is a great outcome for SAIC and its shareholders,” said Ken
Dahlberg, SAIC chairman and chief executive officer. “We are gratified that the South African Supreme Court so strongly endorsed the importance of binding international arbitration awards.”
The South African Supreme Court’s judgment effectively returns the
parties to the ICC proceedings for a determination of Telcordia’s damages.
Under South African law, which governs the arbitration proceedings,
interest on the award has been accruing at a rate of 15.5 percent per year, since approximately February 2001.
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