International Arbitration

  • February 21, 2017

    Contractor Asks Fed. Judge To Ax Calif. Court's $1.1M 'Error'

    A government contractor Tuesday asked a California federal judge to throw out a state court’s ruling upholding a $1.07 million arbitration award arising from a dispute with a subcontractor in Afghanistan, saying the ruling was clearly entered in error.

  • February 21, 2017

    High Court Declines Czech Republic Suit Over $325M Award

    The U.S. Supreme Court declined Tuesday to take up the Czech Republic's challenge to a D.C. Circuit decision reviving a medical technology company's bid to enforce a more than $325 million arbitral award against the Central European nation, which had allegedly caused the collapse of the company's business there.

  • February 21, 2017

    Dubai-Backed Port Co. Prevails Over Djibouti Corruption Claim

    Major port terminal operator DP World has been cleared by a London Court of International Arbitration tribunal of accusations by the Djibouti government that the company used bribery to secure a 50-year terminal contract, according to an announcement Tuesday from the Dubai government, which controls DP World.

  • February 21, 2017

    Eyes On High Court To Weigh In On Annulled Arbitral Awards

    A recent petition by Mexico's national oil company asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review a Second Circuit decision relating to the enforceability of an annulled $300 million arbitral award could offer a rare chance for the high court to weigh in on a controversial topic in international arbitration.

  • February 21, 2017

    Russia Challenges WTO Panel's Vehicle Duties Ruling

    The Russian Federation on Monday appealed a World Trade Organization panel's recent decision that Russian anti-dumping duties reaching nearly 30 percent on light commercial vehicles from Germany and Italy violated WTO rules.

  • February 21, 2017

    New Leadership For Int'l Chamber Arbitration Court

    The International Chamber of Commerce announced new leadership Tuesday for its International Court of Arbitration, filling upcoming vacancies for secretary general and deputy secretary general with a pair of internal hires.

  • February 21, 2017

    WTO Dispute Roundup: Green Energy, Transit Battles Stall

    In Law360’s latest look at the World Trade Organization’s Dispute Settlement Body, cases against U.S. renewable energy subsidies and Russian restrictions on merchandise shipping both hit procedural snags, while Colombia and Panama continue their tussle over shoe, apparel and textile duties.

  • February 17, 2017

    LNG Co. Says Tribunal Made Supply Row Impossible To Win

    A Spanish liquefied natural gas company pushed a New York federal court Friday to scrap an arbitration ruling absolving its Trinidadian supplier of breaching a 20-year contract, arguing the international tribunal imposed an unfair burden of proof upon it during the proceedings.

  • February 17, 2017

    Nigeria's Counsel Allowed To Withdraw In $276M Award Case

    A D.C. federal judge allowed law firms Dunlap Bennett & Ludwig PLLC and the Law Offices of K.C. Okoli PC to withdraw as counsel for the government of Nigeria on Friday after the firm claimed representation in the West African nation’s fight against a $276 million arbitration award had been “rendered impossible.”

  • February 17, 2017

    Consulting Co. Wants $3.2M Award Against Dolphin Park OK'd

    A financial consulting company asked a California federal court Thursday to confirm a $3.2 million arbitration award it won against a dolphin park operator regarding a fee dispute over finding investors, saying the Mexico-based operator has refused to pay the award.

  • February 17, 2017

    Exxon, Shell Defend Docs Request In $1.8B Award Row

    Subsidiaries of Exxon Mobil Corp. and Royal Dutch Shell PLC pushed further for access to a Nigerian state-owned oil company’s documents Thursday, telling a New York federal judge they are key to confirming a $1.8 billion arbitral award over a production sharing contract.

  • February 17, 2017

    Brexit Won't End UK Investor State Arbitration Clauses

    As the United Kingdom begins to negotiate its exit from the European Union and establish new deals with trading partners throughout the world, experts say that the British government is unlikely to shy away from incorporating investor state dispute settlement provisions in its trade deals.​

  • February 17, 2017

    Jenner & Block Hires City Litigation Atty From White & Case

    Jenner & Block has raided White & Case for a second time to boost its fledgling London practice, recruiting a City litigation attorney, the U.S.-based law firm said Friday.

  • February 16, 2017

    Breast Implant Fight Should Stay In Court, Brazilian Co. Says

    The Brazilian manufacturer behind Sientra Inc.’s silicone breast implants fought back Wednesday against Sientra’s attempts to pause litigation between the companies in favor of international arbitration, telling a New York federal court that such a move would drag out urgent intellectual property matters.

  • February 16, 2017

    English Judge Won't Remove Arbitrator From Insurance Row

    London's High Court has declined to dismiss an arbitrator overseeing an insurance coverage dispute, rejecting a company's contention that the arbitrator could be biased because he is overseeing related parties in other arbitration tribunals.

  • February 16, 2017

    Diamond Magnate's Arbitration Award Upheld In Court

    A New York federal judge on Thursday confirmed an arbitration award totaling more than $100 million to diamond and real estate magnate Lev Leviev’s company, LGC USA Holdings Inc., over a dispute with LGC’s former business partner Julius Klein Diamonds LLC.

  • February 16, 2017

    SCC Arbitrators Mostly Favor States Over Investors: Report

    Arbitrators working under Stockholm Chamber of Commerce rules mostly issue decisions that favor countries when overseeing disputes with investors, with about 40 percent of tribunals at least partially upholding investors' claims, according to a report released by the SCC's Arbitration Institute on Wednesday.

  • February 16, 2017

    2 Dems Offer Trump Road Map To Revamp NAFTA

    Two House Democrats extended an olive branch to President Donald Trump on Thursday by offering to help him renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement, laying out a road map that would increase the deal’s labor and environmental rules and do away with its controversial arbitration panels.

  • February 16, 2017

    Nigeria's Oil Co. Fights Doc Request In $1.8B Award Case

    Nigeria's state-owned oil company told a New York federal court Wednesday it shouldn't have to turn over bank account and other information sought by subsidiaries of Exxon Mobil Corp. and Royal Dutch Shell PLC in their efforts to confirm a $1.8 billion arbitral award, saying the documents are irrelevant.

  • February 15, 2017

    Baker McKenzie Nabs Ex-Hogan Lovells Arbitration Pro

    Baker McKenzie LLP has lured the former co-head of Hogan Lovells' international arbitration practice in Southeast Asia to be a partner in its Hong Kong office, where he'll advise clients in the energy, power, renewables, infrastructure, construction, offshore and marine, and telecommunications sectors.

Expert Analysis

  • In Retrospect

    Relearning The Lessons Of Korematsu's Case

    Randy Maniloff

    Fred Korematsu’s U.S. Supreme Court case challenging President Franklin Roosevelt’s executive order that led to the incarceration of approximately 120,000 people of Japanese ancestry may sound like ancient history. However, Feb. 19 marks the 75th anniversary of the order's signing, and that it’s celebrating its diamond anniversary now is breathtaking timing, says Randy Maniloff of White and Williams LLP.

  • How A General Counsel Should Think About AI: Part 2

    Bruce J. Heiman

    General counsels face the challenging task of understanding how companies can navigate the rules surrounding uses of artificial intelligence. To get smart on AI, general counsels must ask the right questions about areas such as human resources, intellectual property, liability and insurance, say Bruce Heiman and Elana Reman of K&L Gates LLP.

  • How A General Counsel Should Think About AI: Part 1

    Bruce J. Heiman

    Though the Trump administration has yet to make an official statement regarding artificial intelligence, support for AI is consistent with its expressed desire to promote American business. As such, general counsel will inevitably have to navigate what big data and AI mean for compliance with current and future laws and regulations, say Bruce Heiman and Elana Reman of K&L Gates LLP.

  • Saving Lawyers 1 Less Drink At A Time

    Jennifer Gibbs

    Lawyers are likely turning to alcohol to lessen stress and anxiety, to socialize, and even to sleep better. Unfortunately, many are unaware that their nightly pour could be causing or exacerbating the anxiety that is plaguing the legal profession, says Jennifer Gibbs of Zelle LLP.

  • Opinion

    Lawyers Cannot Stay Silent While Trump Belittles The Courts

    Alexandra Wald

    This is not the first time that a president has criticized the judiciary. But what is unique about President Donald Trump's attacks is that they target not just a specific decision, but the judiciary and its decision-making power altogether. Every lawyer, regardless of political persuasion, must speak up, says Alexandra Wald of Cohen & Gresser LLP.

  • Marketing Basics For Solo Practitioners And Small Law Firms

    Matthew Horn

    There is no question that solo practitioners and small law firms need to spend the majority of time on legal work, but in order to achieve sustainable growth, marketing should not be a secondary task “put-off” until you have some free time, says Matthew Horn, founder of Legal Services Link LLC.

  • Law Firm Margin Improvement: The Long Game

    Jack Diggle

    For all the lessons learned since 2008, it's surprising that margin management remains so tactical, rather than an ongoing strategic endeavor, for law firms. The firms that will survive and thrive must invest in ongoing margin-improvement capability, which will combine enhanced business- and change-management skills and take a long-term view to drive out the more difficult changes, says Jack Diggle of Elevate Services Inc.

  • 2017 Check-Up: Is Your Law Firm Positioned For Success?

    William G. Johnston

    Over the next few weeks, a slow trickle of news about one measure of law firm success — law firm financial results — will gradually become a flood as more firms open up about their performance in 2016. Law firm leaders would be wise to focus on nine factors that determine success, says law firm management consultant William Johnston.

  • Singapore Has Boosted Its Arbitration-Friendly Reputation

    Mark Mangan

    Singapore is poised to become the first jurisdiction in Asia to allow the use of third-party funding in international arbitrations. This new legislation is timely and will help Singapore keep pace with other leading seats for international arbitration, say Mark Mangan and Claire Chong of Dechert LLP.

  • The Missing Key To 3rd-Party Litigation Funding

    Tripp Haston

    Unlike other forms of commerce and unlike in other nations, litigation investment and funding in the U.S. is largely unregulated with few disclosure requirements. Where darkness exists, ignorance and mistrust breed. Disclosure and transparency in litigation investment and funding is the first and proper step to better understand this opaque dynamic in the U.S. civil justice system, says Tripp Haston of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP.