Creating an interesting procedural posture, a German engineering company, GEA Group AG, brought suit against Flex-N-Gate Corporation and its CEO, billionaire Shahid Khan, in federal district court after instituting arbitration proceedings against Flex-N-Gate in Germany. Immediately after filing suit, GEA sought a stay of all proceedings, including discovery, in the district court pending the outcome of the arbitration proceedings. Khan, not a party to the arbitration or to the contract authorizing arbitration, sought a limited lift of the stay in order to conduct enough discovery to defend himself, which the district court allowed. Over GEA’s objections that Khan would simply pass along the “fruits of his discovery” to Flex-N-Gate to use in the German arbitration, the Seventh Circuit affirmed the district court’s decision as “eminently sensible.” The Seventh Circuit wondered “[w]hat business is it of an American court” whether the German arbitration panel decides to allow in the evidence obtained through discovery in American litigation? GEA Group AG v. Flex-N-Gate Corporation, No. 13-2135 (7th Cir. Jan. 10, 2014).