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Methanex Corp. v. United States of America


Methanex Corporation, a Canadian marketer and distributor of methanol, submitted a claim to arbitration under the UNCITRAL rules on its own behalf for alleged injuries resulting from a California ban on the use or sale in California of the gasoline additive MTBE. Methanol is an ingredient used to manufacture MTBE.

Methanex contended that a Califiornia Executive Order and the regulations banning MTBE expropriated parts of its investments in the United States in violation of Article 1110, denied it fair and equitable treatment in accordance with international law in violation of Article 1105, and denied it national treatment in violation of Article 1102. Methanex claimed damages of $970 million.

A hearing on jurisdiction and admissibility was held in July 2001. On August 7, 2002, the Tribunal issued a First Partial Award on issues of jurisdiction and admissibility. A hearing on the merits was held in June 2004.

On August 9, 2005, the Tribunal released the Final Award, dismissing all of the claims. The Tribunal also ordered Methanex to pay the United States' legal fees and arbitral expenses in the amount of approximately $ 4 million. The award and other documents appear on this page.

Links to documents concerning the earlier proceedings appear on the leftside of this page.

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-08/03/05   Final Award of the Tribunal on Jurisdiction and Merits
-08/02/04   U.S. Comments on Methanex's Costs Submission
-07/19/04   Methanex Submission on Costs
-07/19/04   U.S. Submission on Costs
-06/17/04   Hearing Transcript-Day Nine
-06/16/04   Hearing Transcript-Day Eight
-06/15/04   Hearing Transcript-Day Seven
-06/14/04   Hearing Transcript-Day Six
-06/11/04   Hearing Transcript-Day Five
-06/10/04   Hearing Transcript-Day Four
-06/09/04   Hearing Transcript-Day Three
-06/08/04   Hearing Transcript-Day Two
-06/07/04   Hearing Transcript-Day One
-06/01/04   Order on Motions to Exclude Evidence
-05/31/04   Methanex Motion Concerning Evidentiary Matters
-05/28/04   Procedural Order on Hearing of June 7-16, 2004
-05/18/04   U.S. Motion to Exclude Certain of Methanex's Evidence
-04/23/04   Methanex Reply to Amicus Submissions
-04/23/04   Methanex Reply to Fourth Article 1128 Submissions
-04/23/04   U.S. Rejoinder
-04/19/04   Order on Authority to Reconsider First Partial Award and Request for Additional Evidence
-04/15/04   Order on Amicus
-04/14/04   Methanex Reply on Authority to Reconsider First Partial Award
-04/07/04   Methanex Letter on Request for Additional Evidence
-04/06/04   Order on Amicus
-03/30/04   US Statement on Authority to Reconsider First Partial Award
-03/26/04   Methanex Letter on Amicus Applications
-03/26/04   US Letter on Amicus Applications
-03/19/04   Order on Amicus and Article 1128 Submissions
-03/16/04   Orders on Requests to Gather Additional Evidence and to Reconsider First Partial Award
-03/09/04   Amicus Submission by Bluewater Network, Communities for a Better Environment and the Center for International Environmental Law
-03/09/04   Amicus Submission by International Institute for Sustainable Development
-03/09/04   Application for Leave to Make Amicus Submission by Bluewater Network, Communities for a Better Environment and the Center for International Environmental Law
-03/09/04   Application for Leave to Make Amicus Submission by International Institute for Sustainable Development
-03/08/04   Methanex Elaboration of Request to Gather Additional Evidence
-03/08/04   Methanex Statement of Authority to Reconsider First Partial Award
-02/19/04   Methanex Reply to U.S. Amended Statement of Defense
-01/30/04   Canada Fourth Submission per Article 1128
-01/30/04   Mexico Fourth Submission per Article 1128
-01/28/04   Methanex Request for Reconsideration of First Partial Award
-01/28/04   Methanex Request to Gather Additional Evidence
-12/05/03   U.S. Amended Statement of Defense
-10/10/03   Order on Documents Relied Upon by Methanex Experts
-07/02/03   Order on Schedule for Next Phase
-06/02/03   Order on Nature and Timing of Next Phase
-04/28/03   U.S. Response to Methanex Request to Limit Amicus Curiae Submissions
-04/15/03   Methanex Request to Limit Amicus Curiae Submissions to Legal Issues Raised
-03/31/03   Transcript of Procedural Hearing (Uncorrected)
-03/26/03   Methanex Response to Supplemental Statement of Defense on Intent
-03/21/03   Supplemental Statement of Defense on Intent
-03/21/03   U.S. Letter on Nature and Timing of Next Phase
-01/31/03   Joint Amicus Motion
-11/05/02   Second Amended Statement of Claim
-09/25/02   Tribunal Letter re Request for Interpretation of Award
-09/23/02   U.S. Response to Request for Interpretation of Award
-08/28/02   Methanex Request for Interpretation of Award
-08/07/02   1st Partial Award (August 7, 2002)

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