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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  [1491 Kb]
-08/02/04   U.S. Comments on Methanex's Costs Submission  [84 Kb]
-07/19/04   Methanex Submission on Costs  [52 Kb]
-07/19/04   U.S. Submission on Costs  [118 Kb]
-06/17/04   Hearing Transcript-Day Nine  [174 Kb]
-06/16/04   Hearing Transcript-Day Eight  [233 Kb]
-06/15/04   Hearing Transcript-Day Seven  [160 Kb]
-06/14/04   Hearing Transcript-Day Six  [321 Kb]
-06/11/04   Hearing Transcript-Day Five  [283 Kb]
-06/10/04   Hearing Transcript-Day Four  [270 Kb]
-06/09/04   Hearing Transcript-Day Three  [228 Kb]
-06/08/04   Hearing Transcript-Day Two  [217 Kb]
-06/07/04   Hearing Transcript-Day One  [335 Kb]
-06/01/04   Order on Motions to Exclude Evidence  [248 Kb]
-05/31/04   Methanex Motion Concerning Evidentiary Matters  [474 Kb]
-05/28/04   Procedural Order on Hearing of June 7-16, 2004  [234 Kb]
-05/18/04   U.S. Motion to Exclude Certain of Methanex's Evidence  [307 Kb]
-04/23/04   Methanex Reply to Amicus Submissions  [156 Kb]
-04/23/04   Methanex Reply to Fourth Article 1128 Submissions  [157 Kb]
-04/23/04   U.S. Rejoinder  [852 Kb]
-04/19/04   Order on Authority to Reconsider First Partial Award and Request for Additional Evidence  [999 Kb]
-04/15/04   Order on Amicus  [711 Kb]
-04/14/04   Methanex Reply on Authority to Reconsider First Partial Award  [165 Kb]
-04/07/04   Methanex Letter on Request for Additional Evidence  [193 Kb]
-04/06/04   Order on Amicus  [1002 Kb]
-03/30/04   US Statement on Authority to Reconsider First Partial Award  [144 Kb]
-03/26/04   Methanex Letter on Amicus Applications  [112 Kb]
-03/26/04   US Letter on Amicus Applications  [87 Kb]
-03/19/04   Order on Amicus and Article 1128 Submissions  [964 Kb]
-03/16/04   Orders on Requests to Gather Additional Evidence and to Reconsider First Partial Award  [1945 Kb]
-03/09/04   Amicus Submission by Bluewater Network, Communities for a Better Environment and the Center for International Environmental Law  [63 Kb]
-03/09/04   Amicus Submission by International Institute for Sustainable Development  [358 Kb]
-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  [23 Kb]
-03/09/04   Application for Leave to Make Amicus Submission by International Institute for Sustainable Development  [165 Kb]
-03/08/04   Methanex Elaboration of Request to Gather Additional Evidence  [127 Kb]
-03/08/04   Methanex Statement of Authority to Reconsider First Partial Award  [129 Kb]
-02/19/04   Methanex Reply to U.S. Amended Statement of Defense  [606 Kb]
-01/30/04   Canada Fourth Submission per Article 1128  [152 Kb]
-01/30/04   Mexico Fourth Submission per Article 1128  [186 Kb]
-01/28/04   Methanex Request for Reconsideration of First Partial Award  [139 Kb]
-01/28/04   Methanex Request to Gather Additional Evidence  [112 Kb]
-12/05/03   U.S. Amended Statement of Defense  [515 Kb]
-10/10/03   Order on Documents Relied Upon by Methanex Experts  [12 Kb]
-07/02/03   Order on Schedule for Next Phase  [8 Kb]
-06/02/03   Order on Nature and Timing of Next Phase  [81 Kb]
-04/28/03   U.S. Response to Methanex Request to Limit Amicus Curiae Submissions  [23 Kb]
-04/15/03   Methanex Request to Limit Amicus Curiae Submissions to Legal Issues Raised  [122 Kb]
-03/31/03   Transcript of Procedural Hearing (Uncorrected)  [147 Kb]
-03/26/03   Methanex Response to Supplemental Statement of Defense on Intent  [120 Kb]
-03/21/03   Supplemental Statement of Defense on Intent  [77 Kb]
-03/21/03   U.S. Letter on Nature and Timing of Next Phase  [7 Kb]
-01/31/03   Joint Amicus Motion  [128 Kb]
-11/05/02   Second Amended Statement of Claim  [467 Kb]
-09/25/02   Tribunal Letter re Request for Interpretation of Award  [29 Kb]
-09/23/02   U.S. Response to Request for Interpretation of Award  [9 Kb]
-08/28/02   Methanex Request for Interpretation of Award  [109 Kb]
-08/07/02   1st Partial Award (August 7, 2002)  [156 Kb]

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