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Grand River Enterprises Six Nations, Ltd., et al. v. United States of America


Grand River Enterprises Six Nations, Ltd., a Canadian corporation, Jerry Montour, Kenneth Hill and Arthur Montour have delivered a notice of arbitration under the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules on their own behalf and on behalf of Native Wholesale Supply (collectively "Grand River").  Grand River is involved in the manufacture and sale of tobacco products. According to its Statement of Claim, Grand River seeks not less than $310 million to $664 million for damages allegedly resulting from a 1998 settlement agreement between various state Attorneys General and the major tobacco companies, and certain state legislation that partially implements the settlement. 

Grand River alleges violations of NAFTA Articles 1102 (national treatment), 1103 (most-favored-nation treatment), 1104 (better of national or most-favored-nation treatment), 1105 (minimum standard of treatment under international law) and 1110 (expropriation). 

On January 12, 2011, the Tribunal issued an Award deciding that it lacks jurisdiction over all claims of Grand River Enterprises Six Nations, Ltd., Jerry Montour, and Kenneth Hill, and dismissing all claims of Arthur Montour. The Award and other relevant documents appear on this page.


-01/12/11   Award (Redacted)
-03/31/10   Claimants' Submission on Costs
-03/31/10   U.S. Submission on Costs
-02/14/10   Transcript of the Hearing on the Merits - Day Seven
-02/13/10   Transcript of the Hearing on the Merits - Day Six (Redacted)
-02/12/10   Transcript of the Hearing on the Merits - Day Five (Redacted)
-02/04/10   Transcript of the Hearing on the Merits - Day Four (Redacted)
-02/03/10   Transcript of the Hearing on the Merits - Day Three
-02/02/10   Transcript of the Hearing on the Merits - Day Two (Redacted)
-02/01/10   Transcript of the Hearing on the Merits - Day One
-12/14/09   Letter to Parties Reconfirming February 2010 Dates for Merits Hearing
-12/07/09   Letter from Respondent Regarding Claimants' Request to Reschedule February 2010 Merits Hearing
-12/04/09   Letter from Claimants Requesting to Reschedule February 2010 Merits Hearing
-08/25/09   Letter to Parties Confirming February 2010 Dates for Merits Hearing
-08/14/09   Letter from Claimants Regarding Rescheduling of Merits Hearing
-08/10/09   Letter to Parties Regarding Rescheduling of Merits Hearing
-08/07/09   Letter from Claimants Regarding Rescheduling of Merits Hearing
-08/07/09   Letter from Respondent Regarding Rescheduling of Merits Hearing
-07/31/09   Letter to Parties Regarding Rescheduling of Merits Hearing
-05/13/09   U.S. Rejoinder
-03/03/09   Claimants' Reply Memorial - Merits Phase
-02/12/09   Letter from Claimants Clarifying Adjustment to Schedule for Merits Submissions
-02/04/09   Letter from Claimants Requesting Adjustment to Schedule for Merits Submissions
-01/27/09   Letter to the Parties Concerning Amicus Curiae Submission
-01/19/09   Amicus Curiae Submission of the Office of the National Chief of the Assembly of Nations
-01/19/09   Canada Article 1128 Submission
-12/22/08   U.S. Counter-Memorial
-07/10/08   Claimants' Memorial
-06/24/08   Letter to Parties Concerning Further Revised Schedule For Merits Submissions and Hearing
-04/18/08   Letter to Parties Concerning Revised Schedule for Merits Submissions
-01/28/08   Letter to Parties Concerning Schedule for Merits Submissions
-05/14/07   Procedural Order on Document Requests
-12/21/06   U.S. Statement of Defense to Claimants' Allocable Share Claim
-11/06/06   Statement of Claimants' Claims Arising from Allocable Share Amendments
-09/21/06   Order and Schedule Regarding Statement of Claim
-07/20/06   Decision on Objections to Jurisdiction
-04/17/06   U.S. Statement on Motion to Amend
-03/25/06   Hearing on Jurisdiction, Transcript Vol. 3
-03/24/06   Hearing on Jurisdiction, Transcript Vol. 2
-03/23/06   Hearing on Jurisdiction, Transcript Vol. 1
-02/27/06   Grand River Rejoinder to Reply on Jurisdiction
-02/06/06   U.S. Reply on Jurisdiction
-01/16/06   Grand River Response to Objection to Jurisdiction
-01/16/06   Grand River Statement of Clarification on Nationality Objection
-12/05/05   Objection to Jurisdiction
-10/26/05   Order and Schedule Regarding Bifurcation
-09/26/05   Grand River Rejoinder on Request for Bifurcation
-09/26/05   U.S. Reply in Further Support of Request for Bifurcation
-09/12/05   Grand River Response to Request for Bifurcation
-08/29/05   U.S. Request for Bifurcation
-08/29/05   U.S. Statement of Defense
-06/30/05   Statement of Claim
-03/31/05   Minutes of the First Session of the Tribunal
-03/12/04   Notice of Arbitration (15MB)

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