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Aluminium Bahrain Seeks to Keep Alcoa Bribery Suit Alive

Bahrain’s state-owned aluminum producer asked a court to let it proceed with racketeering claims that it overpaid for raw materials because of bribes directed by Alcoa Inc., the largest U.S. aluminum producer.

Aluminium Bahrain BSC, known as Alba, claims that New York-based Alcoa bribed senior officials in Bahrain and caused Alba to pay almost $500 million more than it should have for alumina, the principal raw material in aluminum. Alcoa has asked a judge to dismiss the case, arguing that the alleged conduct took place outside the U.S. and shouldn’t be litigated in federal court.