International Arbitration

  • October 28, 2020

    Donziger Trial Pushed 5 Days After Last Atty Eyes Exit

    A New York federal judge granted a short delay Wednesday in the upcoming criminal contempt trial of Chevron foe Steven Donziger but shot down an earlier withdrawal request by his sole remaining lawyer, who had argued the trial threatens both safety and ethics.

  • October 28, 2020

    WTO Chief Selection Stalls As US Blocks Front-Runner

    The World Trade Organization's push to appoint a new director-general hit a snag Wednesday as the Trump administration refused to support the race's Nigerian front-runner, moving the process into uncertain territory.

  • October 28, 2020

    Milberg Clients Urge 2nd Circ. To OK Axing $12M Fee Suit

    Former Milberg LLP clients told the Second Circuit that a lower court was right to toss the firm's suit seeking to recoup close to $12 million in fees it believes it is owed, saying the firm lacked standing and the claim is time-barred.

  • October 28, 2020

    EU To Boost Trade Sanctions Given Possible Digital Tax Spat

    The European Union said Wednesday it would update the regulation allowing it to apply countermeasures in the event of a trade war, with tensions likely in the new year over a possible digital services tax.

  • October 28, 2020

    11th Circ. Revives Arbitration Bid In Zip Line Accident Fight

    The Eleventh Circuit on Wednesday vacated an order nixing AIG Insurance Hong Kong's bid to arbitrate a yearslong dispute over coverage for a $66.5 million personal injury award relating to a zip line accident, saying the lower court relied on precedent that is no longer good law.

  • October 28, 2020

    Gibson Dunn Group Will Focus On Arb. Award Enforcement

    Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP is launching a new practice group focused on the enforcement of arbitral awards and judgments, the firm announced Tuesday.

  • October 28, 2020

    MVP: Foley Hoag's Paul Reichler

    Foley Hoag LLP's Paul Reichler is representing the Gambia in a closely watched case accusing Myanmar of committing genocide against the Rohingya people and with his team won a rare 17-0 decision before the International Court of Justice granting strong provisional measures, placing him among Law360's 2020 International Arbitration MVPs. 

  • October 27, 2020

    Kobre & Kim Can't Get Conflict Issue Resolved By NY Judge

    Kobre & Kim could not persuade a New York judge to resolve whether it could be conflicted out of representing an engineering company that's trying to enforce a nearly $10 billion arbitral award against Nigeria, after the judge concluded that any decision he made would be an impermissible advisory opinion.

  • October 27, 2020

    Indian Satellite Co. Gets $1.2B Award Over Axed Deal OK'd

    A Washington state judge on Tuesday confirmed a $1.2 billion arbitral award issued to an Indian satellite company following a dispute with a commercial division of India's space agency, pointing to an Indian court order tossing a challenge to the underlying arbitrators' jurisdiction.

  • October 27, 2020

    Donziger Judge Punts Ethical-Disobedience Question To Trial

    The judge overseeing an upcoming criminal trial against Chevron foe Steven Donziger said Monday she'll leave for trial a decision about whether to bar Donziger from arguing that he was fulfilling his ethical duties to his clients when he violated court orders.

  • October 27, 2020

    EU Investor Court May Fizzle Under Biden Administration

    The European Union has struggled to find support among other nations as it looks to transform traditional ad hoc investor-state dispute settlement into a worldwide investment court, and it appears unlikely that the proposal would gain much traction in a potential Joe Biden administration.

  • October 27, 2020

    Cruise Co. Settles Ex-Worker's Onboard Injury Suit

    A luxury cruise line has settled a former employee's suit seeking damages after he was injured on the job, following a Florida federal judge's refusal to send the suit to arbitration and a failed circuit court appeal.

  • October 27, 2020

    MVP: Eversheds Sutherland's Meriam Nazih Al-Rashid

    Eversheds Sutherland partner Meriam Nazih Al-Rashid recently served as lead counsel in assessing novel issues related to genocide against the Rohingya minority group in Myanmar, saying such pro bono work is essential to her practice focused on complex international disputes, winning her a spot among Law360's 2020 International Arbitration MVPs.

  • October 26, 2020

    Yacht Broker Says Commissions Claim Must Be Litigated

    Yacht brokerage firm Northrop and Johnson Yachts-Ships Inc. is urging the Eleventh Circuit to reverse an order forcing it to arbitrate claims that a Dutch yacht maker went behind its back to strike a lucrative deal with the firm's own clients, leaving it unable to collect its duly earned commission.

  • October 26, 2020

    Lloyd's Can't Get Scouts Coverage Fight Out Of Arbitration

    Lloyd's of London must go to arbitration to resolve its latest dispute with Century regarding the now-bankrupt Boy Scouts of America's sexual abuse settlements, a Massachusetts federal judge reaffirmed on Monday.

  • October 26, 2020

    US Runner Loses Appeal To Compete With Prosthetic Legs

    American runner Blake Leeper, who uses two prosthetic legs, will not be allowed to compete at next summer's Olympic Games on the prostheses he currently uses, the Court of Arbitration for Sport said Monday — a ruling Leeper says is racially discriminatory.

  • October 26, 2020

    Del. Judge Urged Not To Fast-Track $1.2B Crystallex Case

    A New York judge's order enforcing $1.68 billion in defaulted Venezuelan bonds doesn't mean that a judge in Delaware should forge ahead with a sale of Citgo's parent company so a Canadian mining company can enforce its $1.2 billion award against Caracas, the country is arguing.

  • October 26, 2020

    MVP: Arnold & Porter's Paolo Di Rosa

    Paolo Di Rosa led an Arnold & Porter team that successfully defended Chile from the longest-running investment treaty arbitration ever filed at the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes, earning him a spot among Law360's 2020 International Arbitration MVPs.

  • October 23, 2020

    UK Energy Co. Seeks Arbitration In Dispute With Ex-Partner

    A British Isles energy company has filed an arbitration request with the International Court of Arbitration against its former joint venture partner, saying the move comes amid a dispute over a failure to pay nearly $1 million of the share of costs in a Romanian oil-and-gas field project.

  • October 23, 2020

    DC Circ. Wary Of Ukraine Energy Co.'s $58M Arb. Fight

    Ukrainian energy company LLC Komstroy seemingly failed to convince a D.C. Circuit judge, at least for now, to uphold a lower court order enforcing a $58 million arbitral award against Moldova after the jurist voiced concerns Friday about the court's authority to weigh in on the dispute now. 

  • October 23, 2020

    Cessna Looks To Pin $90M Award On Emirati Co.'s Directors

    The lending arm of aircraft manufacturer Cessna is urging a New York court to hold the directors of an Emirati holding company liable for paying a $90 million arbitral award relating to a defaulted business jet lease deal, decrying the company's "brazen attempt" to avoid paying up.

  • October 23, 2020

    WTO Reform Unlikely To Take Back Seat If Biden Is Elected

    Reform efforts at the World Trade Organization that were spurred by the Trump administration's hobbling of the Appellate Body will almost certainly be continued if Joe Biden is elected, but experts say the approach to the institution as a whole would likely be markedly different.

  • October 23, 2020

    UK Litigation Roundup: Here's What You Missed In London

    The past week in London has seen electronics giant Philips take on another Chinese rival over patents, automaker Daimler AG face another group action, and a Canadian pension fund and dozens of others sue troubled security firm G4S. Here, Law360 looks at those and other new claims in the U.K.

  • October 22, 2020

    Donziger Questioned On His Need For Remote Trial Witnesses

    Chevron foe Steven Donziger must explain why his witnesses should be allowed to testify remotely at his upcoming criminal contempt trial, a New York federal judge said on Thursday, and the disbarred attorney also faced fresh questions about who is actually representing him.

  • October 22, 2020

    Oligarch's Estate Says Ex-Pot Co. CEO Must Arbitrate Fight

    The estate of a late Russian oligarch has asked a California federal judge to force arbitration of a suit by a U.S. Army Special Forces veteran claiming he is owed more than $1 million for his work on a cannabis venture.

Expert Analysis

  • Opinion

    Reflections On My 1st Judicial Election Amid Racial Tensions

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    Former Georgia Supreme Court Chief Justice Robert Benham looks back at the racial barriers facing his first judicial campaign in 1984, and explains how those experiences shaped his decades on the bench, why judges should refrain from taking political stances, and why he was an early supporter of therapeutic courts that deal with systemic problems.

  • Weighing Litigation Vs. Arbitration Amid Court Disruptions

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    Parties must determine whether arbitration is better than litigation for their disputes amid pandemic-induced court delays by answering five key questions and understanding the importance of a clearly tailored arbitration clause, say attorneys at Goodwin.

  • How Attys Can Guard Against Rising Settle-And-Sue Claims

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    Certain precautions can help lawyers avoid post-settlement malpractice claims and create a solid evidentiary defense, as settle-and-sue lawsuits rise amid pandemic-induced dispute settlements, say Bethany Kristovich and Jeremy Beecher at Munger Tolles.

  • Law Firm Tips For Attracting, Retaining Attys During Pandemic

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    Steps law firms can take to attract and keep the best lawyers amid the pandemic include diversifying expertise to meet anticipated legal demands, prioritizing firm culture, and preparing for prospective partners' pointed questions, says Brian Burlant at Major Lindsey.

  • Perspectives

    Finding A Path Forward To Regulate The Legal Industry

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    Gerald Knapton at Ropers Majeski analyzes U.S. and U.K. experiments to explore alternative business structures and independent oversight for law firms, which could lead to innovative approaches to increasing access to legal services.

  • Series

    Lawyering While Parenting: A Day In A Dad's Pandemic Life

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    Christopher Jennison shares a view of his life working from home as a Federal Aviation Administration attorney preparing to first-chair a trial while splitting child care responsibilities with his lawyer wife.

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    Lawyering While Parenting: A Day In A Mom's Pandemic Life

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    Josephine Bahn shares a view of her life working from home as an attorney at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation while splitting child care responsibilities with her lawyer husband.

  • 5 Cost-Cutting Strategies For Corporate Legal Departments

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    To achieve long-term reduction in their legal expenses, companies must look beyond law firm hourly rates and better distribute their legal work among high-cost premier firms, low-cost practitioners and alternative legal service providers, and their own in-house teams, says Nathan Wenzel at SimpleLegal.

  • Guest Feature

    Preparing The Next Generation Of Female Trial Lawyers

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    To build the ranks of female trial attorneys, law firms must integrate them into every aspect of a case — from witness preparation to courtroom arguments — instead of relegating them to small roles, says Kalpana Srinivasan, co-managing partner at Susman Godfrey.

  • Guest Feature

    Mentorship Is Key To Fixing Drop-Off Of Women In Law

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    It falls to senior male attorneys to recognize the crisis female attorneys face as the pandemic amplifies an already unequal system and to offer their knowledge, experience and counsel to build a better future for women in law, says James Meadows at Culhane Meadows.

  • Guest Feature

    5 Ways Firms Can Avoid Female Atty Exodus During Pandemic

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    The pandemic's disproportionate impact on women presents law firms with a unique opportunity to devise innovative policies that will address the increasing home life demands female lawyers face and help retain them long after COVID-19 is over, say Roberta Liebenberg at Fine Kaplan and Stephanie Scharf at Scharf Banks.

  • 2 High Court Cases Highlight Comity Principles

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    High Court decisions in National Bank of Kazakhstan v. Bank of New York Mellon and Riverrock Securities v. Bank of St. Petersburg serve as a useful reminder that the principle of comity may require English courts to exercise judicial restraint, even where their assistance has been sought by foreign courts, say Egishe Dzhazoyan and Kabir Bhalla at King & Spalding.

  • Opinion

    Lawyers Must Fight Voter Suppression This Election Season

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    Lawyers should use their unique skill sets, knowledge and spheres of influence to fight burdensome ID requirements and other voter suppression tactics that may influence the 2020 elections, and to participate in potential post-election litigation, say CK Hoffler and Allyce Bailey at the National Bar Association.

  • Why Online Mediation May Be Here To Stay

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    Videoconferenced mediation offers several advantages and helps cases settle faster and more cordially, making it hard to imagine going back to logistically difficult in-person dispute resolution after COVID-19 restrictions are gone, says Sidney Kanazawa at ARC.

  • Employer Arbitration Agreement Pointers From 2 Rulings

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    While two recent decisions from the New Jersey Supreme Court and Third Circuit address separate employment arbitration agreement enforceability issues, both reaffirm the strong federal policy favoring arbitration and offer some clarity on when a court versus an arbitrator determines whether an agreement exists, says Kirsten Grossman at Nukk-Freeman.

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