Three years ago, lawyers gathered in London for an arbitration between the Nigerian republic and a Nigerian company called Continental Transfert Technique Ltd. Continental, which accused Nigeria of defaulting on a contract to manufacture computer-compatible identification cards, emerged victorious, winning a $252 million award. But Nigeria never paid up, setting off a whirlwind of litigation in three countries.

Now, thanks to the company’s U.S. lawyers at Kelley Drye & Warren, Continental may finally be about to collect. On Wednesday a federal district judge in Washington, D.C., granted Continental’s motion for summary judgment to enforce the award in the United States.

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