A number of major companies and prominent individuals based in the Gulf have successfully defended a multi-million dollar claim brought by a US national arising in part out of the Kafala system to which he was subject while working in the Middle East. The Kafala system, which is used widely across the Gulf, has been the subject of much coverage recently in the Western media and involves the control and monitoring of foreign workers. The Plaintiff sought damages in excess of US$10 million but his claim was struck out for lack of jurisdiction on grounds that the Defendants had no association with the US state in which it was brought.

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