In prior proceedings, Glory Wealth obtained an England arbitration award against Industrial Carriers, Inc. (ICI) and a confirmation of the award in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.
Glory Wealth instituted an admiralty case in the Eastern District of Virginia to attach a vessel to satisfy the confirmed arbitration award, naming ICE and Freight Bulk PTE, Inc. (FBP) as defendants. FBP moved to vacate the arbitration confirmation judgment of the Southern District of New York, relying on Rule 60(b)(4), Fed.R.Civ.P., contending the New York judgment was void for lack of jurisdiction. The Virginia district court held that FBP could not collaterally attach the New York confirmation judgment, since FBP was not a party to the New York proceeding. Strong elements of judicial estoppel appear to have influenced the Virginia district court’s decision, since the court noted that FBP had repeatedly denied any status as ICI’s alter ego, yet in the motion at bar to dismiss Glory Wealth’s action, FBP contended it had standing as a party to the New York case to move to vacate the New York judgment. Flame S.A and Glory Wealth Shipping PTE Ltd. v. Industrial Carriers, Inc., Vista Shipping, Inc. and Freight Bulk PTE, Inc., Case No. 2:13-cv-658 (U.S.D.C., E.D. Va., July 17, 2014).