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Dried Fruit Co. Says No Contract To Arbitrate Over Machine

September 14, 2017

Sophia Morris

Law360, New York (September 14, 2017, 1:51 PM EDT) -- An Oregon-based dried fruit producer has urged a federal judge to prevent a Dutch food-processing-equipment maker from arbitrating a suit over an allegedly faulty machine for drying blueberries at the International Chamber of Commerce, arguing the parties had no agreement to arbitrate contract disputes.

Jeffrey M. Edelson, an attorney for Meduri Farms, told Law360 late Thursday that Oregon federal court was the most efficient, convenient and cost effective location for both parties as the ICC could be unpredictable. “The lawyers for both sides work within walking distance from the courthouse, and most of the witnesses to the faulty equipment work or reside within 50 miles of the courthouse,” Edelson said in an email.

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