I am going to have to be vague almost to the point of incoherence here, but if you keep reading, you will understand why.
About three years ago, the international dispute resolution lawyers at my law firm brought a very large lawsuit in China. We are representing the plaintiff on this case and we are claiming that another foreign company (with a very large China presence) made a mistake that cost our client a lot of money. The mistake involved shipping and the issue is a really important one for China. The law ought to be clear and it ought to favor our client, but the Chinese courts have been very reluctant to rule.
We have been stuck at the highest level court of the province (a relatively sophisticated province) for about two years now. The court kept trying to get the parties to settle and that has gone absolutely nowhere. Now the court keeps delaying its ruling, saying the decision is important to China and important for China’s foreign affairs.
And so we sit. And sit. And sit.
This is the first time anything like this has ever happened to us and we are wondering if we will get a ruling in our lifetimes. Our local counsel Chinese law firm has a great relationship with this court and is in constant touch with them and they too are very frustrated.
And so we wait. And wait. And wait.