A New York court will preside over a $15 million employment dispute between a Greek citizen and a Liberian company publicly traded in the United States, which allegedly raised funds in New York and retained a Manhattan-based law firm as its primary outside counsel, a state judge has ruled.

Excel Maritime Carriers Ltd., which is based in Athens and incorporated in Liberia, argued that the breach of contract and libel action brought by Christopher I. Georgakis amounted to “a transparent case of forum shopping brought for harassment purposes” and claimed it would be unduly inconvenienced if the case remained in New York.

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