Albemarle ( ALB) said a tribunal in Paris ruled in its favor in an action they brought against Sanofi-Aventis ( SNY). The action, before the International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce, concerned certain environmental matters at Albemarle PPC's site in Thann, France. Albemarle France SAS purchased Albemarle PPC from Rhone-Poulenc SA, the predecessor-in-interest to Sanofi-Aventis in 1992. As part of the deal, Sanofi- Aventis retained liability for and indemnified Albemarle France SAS and its affiliates against costs associated with certain environmental liabilities at the site. The arbitral tribunal upheld Albemarle France SAS's position that the obligations of the contract, including those dealing with Sanofi-Aventis' liability related to mercury remediation and decontamination at the site, are enforceable.