The firm appeals a jurisdiction decision | The Guardian Nigeria News
Exxon Mobil Corporation has asked the Lagos Court of Appeal to overturn the decision of the National Labor Court (NIC), which refused to stay proceedings in a claim brought by a certain Mr. Paul Arinze, for unfair dismissal of his employment by Mobil Producing Nigeria Unlimited and Exxon Mobil Corporation.
The firm’s appeal followed an order by Judge NM Esowe of NIC, Lagos issued on January 25, 2022 on jurisdiction.
Exxon Mobil Corporation also filed a motion to stay proceedings pending hearing and ruling on an appeal it had filed with the Court of Appeals.
The pending appeal related to an earlier NIC decision issued on September 29, 2021, in which the court elected to exercise jurisdiction over Exxon Mobil Corporation.
The appellant had challenged the jurisdiction of the NIC on the ground that its contract with Mr. Arinze was a mere contract and not a contract of employment, governed by the laws and subject to the jurisdiction of the courts in the United States, where Exxon Mobil Corporation is domiciled. and carry out its operations.
The plaintiff, Mr. Arinze, through his attorney, had argued that the plaintiff was co-employed by Mobil Producing Nigeria Unlimited and Exxon Mobil Corporation, thereby giving NIC jurisdiction over both defendants.
In its motion to stay the NIC proceedings, Exxon Mobil Corporation argued that continuing the trial in court would lead to a premature determination of its rights in the appeal court.
The appeal centers on the fact that she never had a working relationship with Mr. Arinze on her own or through her relationship with Mobil Producing Nigeria Limited.
In addition, Exxon Mobil Corporation stated that the relief sought by Mr. Arinze against it cannot be granted, as it was neither incorporated in Nigeria nor did it carry on business in the country.