*Jalal Bezee Mejel Al-Gaood & Partner and another company v Innospec Ltd and others

Tort – Conspiracy. The claimants brought an action concerning the sale of petrol-related chemicals to Iraq. They contended that, between 2003 and 2008, Innospec had conspired with others to injure them by engaging in corrupt practices, in particular the bribing of officials in the Iraqi Ministry of Oil (the MOO). They submitted that, had it not been for the bribery and corruption, the MOO would not have made a major contract with them. The Commercial Court, in dismissing the action, held that the claimants had failed to show that the decision had been procured by bribery and, on that ground, the claim failed.

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