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2011
Merck v. Ecuador Merck Sharpe & Dohme (I.A.) Corporation v. The Republic of Ecuador (PCA Case No. 2012-10)
Nationality of the parties
Ecuador
United States of America
Summary of matters at issue
Ownership of a pharmaceutical manufacturing company located in Ecuador.
Claims arising out of judicial proceedings before Ecuadorian courts concerning claimant's refusal to sell a pharmaceutical factory to the Ecuadorian company NIFA, which allegedly resulted in a denial of justice.
Economic sector and subsector
Secondary: C - Manufacturing
21 - Manufacture of basic pharmaceutical products and pharmaceutical preparations
Arbitral rules and administering institution
UNCITRAL
PCA (Permanent Court of Arbitration)
Composition of tribunal
Berman, F.
Schwebel, S. M.
Simma, B.
Status/Outcome of original proceedings
Pending
Decisions rendered
Partial Final Award dated 25 January 2018
Amount of compensation
Data not available
Data not available
IIA breaches alleged/found
Fair and equitable treatment/Minimum standard of treatment, including denial of justice claims
Fair and equitable treatment/Minimum standard of treatment, including denial of justice claims
Follow-on proceedings
None
Link to Italaw's case page
Links to background sources
http://www.pcacases.com/web/view/8
http://www.iareporter.com/articles/20120302_1 (requires subscription)
https://books.google.de/books?id=iVMyAQAAQBAJ&pg=PA276&lpg=PA276&dq=Merck+Sharp+%26+Dohme+%28I.A.%29+Corporation+v.+The+Republic+of+Ecuador&source=bl&ots=7biiGFgvCf&sig=yZKBvW5DhpaUeohYRKQq2YIkxsc&hl=en&sa=X&ei=JpojVdSrG8mbsgGf5ILACw&ved=0CDUQ6AEwAw#v=onepage&q=Merck%20Sharp%20%26%20Dohme%20(I.A.)%20Corporation%20v.%20The%20Republic%20of%20Ecuador&f=false
http://www.planv.com.ec/investigacion/investigacion/litigios-del-ecuador/pagina/0/5
https://www.iareporter.com/articles/as-award-looms-in-merck-v-ecuador-earlier-chevron-like-interim-measures-ruling-surfaces-ordering-ecuador-to-block-enforcement-of-a-local-court-judgment-that-is-adverse-to-foreign-investor/ (requires subscription)
http://blogcasos.pge.gob.ec/
http://blogcasos.pge.gob.ec/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/9MERCK.pdf
https://www.iareporter.com/articles/ecuador-reportedly-on-hook-for-denial-of-justice-in-merck-arbitration/ (requires subscription)
https://www.iareporter.com/articles/the-merck-v-ecuador-award-part-one-arbitrators-wave-away-ecuadors-jurisdictional-objections-including-on-exhaustion-and-warn-that-ecuadors-non-compliance-with-interim-orders/ (requires subscription)
https://www.iareporter.com/articles/the-merck-v-ecuador-award-part-two-on-the-merits-ecuador-found-liable-for-denial-of-justice-after-foreign-investor-is-ordered-to-pay-wholly-disproportionate-sum-without-court-en/ (requires subscription)
https://globalarbitrationreview.com/article/1166824/ecuador-held-liable-for-denial-of-justice-in-pharma-case (requires subscription)