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International Arbitration

  • July 20, 2018

    Norwegian Cruise Line Looks To Arbitrate Wrongful Death Suit

    Norwegian Cruise Line removed to Florida federal court Thursday a wrongful death suit brought by the family of a Filipino employee who died while participating in a rescue drill aboard a cruise ship, saying the claims must be arbitrated in the Philippines pursuant to the terms of his employment contract.

  • July 20, 2018

    Russia Largely Wins WTO Fight Over Ukraine Fertilizer Duties

    Ukraine violated the World Trade Organization’s Anti-Dumping Agreement when it calculated duties on Russian shipments of ammonium nitrate used in fertilizer at an inaccurate rate and imposed those duties on a company with only a small amount of dumping, a WTO panel ruled Friday.

  • July 20, 2018

    Gramercy Says Peru Won't Resolve Bond Row, Now At $1.8B

    U.S. asset manager Gramercy Funds Management LLC has increased the amount it is seeking from Peru in a dispute over old government bonds from $1.6 billion to $1.8 billion, saying in an amended statement of claim that the South American country has rejected its efforts to resolve the issue.

  • July 20, 2018

    ICC's Arbitration Court To Create Africa Commission

    The International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce said Thursday it will launch an Africa commission to coordinate the organization's expanded presence on the continent and grow the number of African arbitrators.

  • July 20, 2018

    WTO Dispute Roundup: More Appellate Body Strife On Horizon

    In Law360's latest glimpse at the World Trade Organization's Dispute Settlement Body, the impasse over new appointments to the Appellate Body persists as more trouble looms in the coming months, while legal battles over wine and fish fillets surge ahead.

  • July 20, 2018

    Health Hires: Wilson Sonsini, Ropes & Gray, Kirkland & Ellis

    Life sciences intellectual property lawyers made big moves recently, with Wilson Sonsini snapping up an administrative patent judge for its team and Ropes & Gray and Cantor Colburn getting IP attorneys from Fitzpatrick Cella and Locke Lord. Additionally, Kirkland and O'Melveny built up their transactions practices and Baker Donelson grew its health care team.

  • July 19, 2018

    Calif. Gov. OKs New Law For Int'l Commercial Arbitration

    California Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law a bill allowing out-of-state and foreign attorneys to appear in international commercial arbitrations in the state, legislation that proponents say sends a "clear message" that California is open for business for international arbitration.

  • July 19, 2018

    Energy Cos. Seek To Enforce €128M Award Against Spain

    Two foreign companies on Thursday asked a D.C. federal court to enforce a €128 million ($149 million) arbitral award against Spain issued following a dispute over renewable energy subsidies, resuming their U.S. enforcement efforts several months after voluntarily dismissing their original suit in New York for procedural reasons.

  • July 19, 2018

    Bilfinger Unit Gets $28.6M In Dispute Over Texas Ironworks

    A Bilfinger SE unit was awarded $28.6 million after an International Court of Arbitration tribunal found the Texas branch of an Austrian steel company wrongly fired it off an iron processing facility construction project on the state's Gulf Coast, lawyers for the Bilfinger subsidiary said Thursday.

  • July 19, 2018

    Energy Co. Gets OK To Enforce $13.7M Award Against Ghana

    A D.C. federal judge said a British energy company can begin to collect on a nearly $13.7 million arbitral award against the Republic of Ghana that the court confirmed in March, finding that enough time has passed since judgment was entered.

  • July 19, 2018

    Djibouti Calls On UN To Facilitate End To Eritrea Dispute

    Djibouti has requested the United Nations' help in bringing a peaceful resolution to a border dispute with Eritrea, which recently ended a long-running conflict with Ethiopia, asking the organization's secretary-general to work to bring the nations together for arbitration proceedings or a judicial settlement of their differences.

  • July 19, 2018

    End Outdated Investment Treaties, EU Tells Member States

    The European Commission told member states on Thursday to terminate redundant and outdated bilateral investment treaties with other countries in the bloc to “protect the public interest” and comply with EU law.

  • July 18, 2018

    Fla. Court OKs $63M Security Award Against Venezuelan Co.

    A Florida federal judge on Wednesday confirmed an arbitral decision requiring a Venezuelan state-owned mining company to post nearly $63 million in security during an ongoing iron ore-related contracts dispute with a British Virgin Islands company, finding no reason to vacate or alter the award.

  • July 18, 2018

    Jury Still Out On Credibility Of New Int'l Chinese Courts

    A pair of international commercial courts were launched last month in China to allay concerns over whether international disputes arising out of the country's ambitious Belt and Road economic development initiative would be fairly adjudicated, but experts say they're leery of putting their trust in these courts just yet.

  • July 18, 2018

    Legal Battle Over Trump's Metal Tariffs Will Test WTO's Limits

    The steady ballooning of World Trade Organization complaints stemming from the Trump administration's steel and aluminum tariffs have some experts questioning whether Geneva is properly equipped to handle the escalating tensions brought about by the White House's trade enforcement campaign.

  • July 18, 2018

    A Chat With Gibson Dunn Diversity Chief Salim-Williams

    In this monthly series, Amanda Brady of Major Lindsey & Africa interviews management from top law firms about navigating an increasingly competitive business environment. Here we feature Zakiyyah Salim-Williams, chief diversity officer at Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP.

  • July 18, 2018

    New Mauritius Arbitration Center To Launch In Late July

    A new independent arbitration center in Mauritius will start operations in late July after the London Court of International Arbitration and the government of the African nation jointly decided to end their agreement that had created the country’s LCIA-MIAC Arbitration Centre.

  • July 18, 2018

    Brazilian Bank Claims Right To Call In Miner's $65M Debt

    The Cayman Islands branch of Brazilian investment bank Banco BTG Pactual SA said in documents filed with the High Court that it is entitled to demand payment of $65.4 million in debts from a mining group locked in a legal battle with the government of the African country Burkina Faso.

  • July 17, 2018

    2nd Circ. Affirms $8.5M Award Over Seized Kyrgyzstan Hotel

    The Second Circuit on Tuesday backed an $8.5 million arbitration award won by a Turkish hotel investor alleging the Kyrgyz Republic colluded with a company to forcefully take over the investor’s luxury hotel in Kyrgyzstan’s capital.

  • July 17, 2018

    Kuwait Hit With $100M Claim By Russian Businesswoman

    A prominent Russian businesswoman who is imprisoned in Kuwait after being sentenced to 10 years of hard labor for allegedly embezzling public funds has filed a $100 million arbitration claim accusing the Persian Gulf nation of orchestrating a politically motivated campaign against her, her lawyers said Monday.

Expert Analysis

  • What Kavanaugh's Writing Tells Us About His Personality

    Matthew Hall

    People with certain personality traits tend to use certain words. A computer analysis of Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s D.C. Circuit opinions reveals that he is highly extraverted, which means that he would be a prominent voice on the U.S. Supreme Court, says Matthew Hall, a professor at the University of Notre Dame.

  • Opinion

    3 Pros, 3 Cons Of Litigation Finance

    Ralph Sutton

    An educated guess puts the number of new litigation funders launched in the past 18 months at 30 — an astonishing number, with more to come. Is this a blessing to our legal system or something more akin to tulip mania? Maybe both, says Ralph Sutton, founder and CEO of litigation funding firm Validity Finance LLC.

  • ADR And The Solomonic Solution

    Gary Birnberg

    Is mediation an exercise in baby-splitting? I argue that it is not. Tactical positioning, available resources, psychological considerations, and internal value and risk analysis all conspire to create a dynamic in which a Solomonically even split is not a realistic solution, says Gary Birnberg of JAMS.

  • Modern Communication Brings E-Discovery Challenges

    Thomas Bonk

    As new communications platforms displace email, the legal industry is awkwardly grappling with complex e-discovery questions. Fortunately, this environment provides a very fertile ground of incentives for innovation in both e-discovery technology and service offerings, says Thomas Bonk of Epiq.

  • Opinion

    It's Not All About The Benjamins, Baby (Lawyer)

    J.B. Heaton

    Notwithstanding the latest salary war among prominent law firms, I urge my middle-aged and older colleagues to help the recent graduates we know focus on the long term. Even if the salary is the same, there is a big difference between an institutional firm and the relatively younger firms matching BigLaw, says J.B. Heaton, a University of Chicago business law fellow and former partner at Bartlit Beck.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Hood Reviews 'Lawyering From The Inside Out'

    Judge Denise Hood

    Law professor Nathalie Martin's new book, "Lawyering From the Inside Out: Learning Professional Development Through Mindfulness and Emotional Intelligence," can be of value to any lawyer aiming to achieve greater productivity, relieve the stress of the legal profession and focus on goals, says U.S. District Chief Judge Denise Page Hood of the Eastern District of Michigan.

  • 3 Top E-Discovery Case Law Lessons Of 2018 (So Far)

    Casey Sullivan

    The blockbuster e-discovery cases, with big sanctions and bigger controversies, have been few and far between this year. But that doesn’t mean the legal questions around e-discovery have been answered. Let’s take a closer look at three cases worthy of our attention, says Casey Sullivan, an attorney at discovery technology provider Logikcull.

  • Opinion

    Law Schools Must Take A Stand Against Mandatory Arbitration

    Isabel Finley

    Later this week, Harvard Law students will begin bidding on interview slots with the nation’s top law firms. Our institutions owe it to their students not only to require firms to disclose mandatory arbitration provisions in new associate contracts, but also to bar employers from on-campus recruiting if they require these provisions, says Isabel Finley, a third-year student at Harvard Law School and president of the Harvard Women’s Law Association.

  • Myths And Facts About Using TAR Across Borders

    John Tredennick

    Many legal teams involved in cross-border matters still hesitate to use technology assisted review, questioning its ability to handle non-English document collections. However, with the proper expertise, modern TAR can be used with any language, including challenging Asian languages, say John Tredennick and David Sannar of Catalyst Repository Systems.

  • Roundup

    From Lawmaker To Lawyer

    From Lawmaker To Lawyer

    Earlier this year, Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., made headlines with his decision to leave Congress and return to law. ​​In this series, former members of Congress who made that move discuss how their experience on the Hill influenced their law practice.