International Arbitration

  • August 18, 2017

    How 5 Firms Are Building More Diverse Ranks

    Many are investing in recruitment and retention initiatives aimed at minorities, while at least one is finding that its hiring efforts naturally bring in diverse attorneys. Here’s a look inside a few of the firms that added 20 or more minority attorneys in 2016.

  • August 18, 2017

    The Top Firms For Minority Equity Partners

    The racial makeup of BigLaw’s equity partnership has barely budged in recent years, but some law firms are making notable strides on diversity at the top. Here are the firms with the most racially diverse equity tiers, according to Law360’s Diversity Snapshot.

  • August 18, 2017

    The Best Firms For Minority Attorneys

    After years of diversity initiatives, the legal industry is still coming up short, but some law firms have made notable progress. Here, Law360 ranks the U.S. firms that are leaders in turning diversity goals into workforce realities.

  • August 18, 2017

    Racial Diversity Stagnating At US Law Firms

    The legal industry has again failed to make substantial progress on hiring and promoting minority attorneys, according to Law360’s annual headcount survey, despite more minorities graduating from law school than ever before.

  • August 20, 2017

    Yukos Investors Lose Bid To Subpoena Baker Botts

    A D.C. federal judge on Friday shut down a bid by former Yukos Oil Co. shareholders to force Baker Botts LLP and one of its partners to turn over evidence the shareholders intended to use in their appeal to revive $50 billion in arbitral awards, saying discretionary factors weighed against granting the petition.

  • August 18, 2017

    3 Useful Attributes For Lawyers In International Arbitration

    International arbitration may not be as popular a practice area as real estate or securities, but that doesn't mean that law students or young lawyers should think of this highly specialized field as one that's easy to break into. Here, Law360 reveals three attributes that may help give budding international arbitration specialists an edge over the competition.

  • August 18, 2017

    US Trustee Slams Payments To Ybrant's Bankruptcy Counsel

    The U.S. trustee’s office told a New York bankruptcy court Thursday that counsel for Ybrant Digital, which filed for Chapter 11 after getting hit with a $37 million arbitration award in a dispute with a South Korean technology company, should return fees that were purportedly received from unauthorized Ybrant subsidiaries.

  • August 18, 2017

    Trump Should Use WTO To Push China On IP, Ex-Official Says

    Although the Trump administration has had harsh words for the World Trade Organization’s dispute system in the past, it should strongly consider using that mechanism to build a case against China’s tech sector intellectual property regime, former WTO Appellate Body Chairman James Bacchus told Law360.

  • August 18, 2017

    Nigeria Looks To Disqualify Entire ICSID Panel In Oil Row

    Nigeria has moved to disqualify all three arbitrators on an International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes tribunal in a dispute brought by two oil companies, which are accusing the country’s state-owned oil company of illegally seizing control of a separate Nigerian firm through which they held a prospecting lease.

  • August 18, 2017

    Belize Asks High Court To Review $18.5M Arbitration Award

    The government of Belize has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to hear its appeal of a decision that enforced an $18.5 million London arbitral award in a case involving a Central American bank.

  • August 18, 2017

    Russian Triple Jumper Gets 4-Year Ban For Doping

    The Court of Arbitration for Sport said Friday it was handing a Russian triple jump athlete a four-year ban for doping violations and that she would forfeit several titles and awards earned over the span of several years.

  • August 18, 2017

    Execs Can Be Subpoenaed In $31M Award Row, Judge Rules

    A Virginia federal judge on Friday granted a request from a security contractor to issue subpoenas for two executives of a United Arab Emirates-based food supplier for the U.S. Department of Defense, whose testimony could show whether the court has jurisdiction to enforce a $31 million arbitral award.

  • August 18, 2017

    Belize Loses Bid To Block Assignee In $27.4M Award Row

    A D.C. federal judge chided the Belizean government Friday in a decision that allowed a Turks and Caicos entity to pursue a confirmed $27.4 million arbitral award over a tax arrangement with banks, discounting Belize’s “meritless” arguments to keep the case with another plaintiff.

  • August 18, 2017

    US Real Estate Co. Says Venue Row Can't Wait On High Court

    A U.S. real estate developer asked the Eleventh Circuit Thursday not to delay the appeals court's ruling upholding a lower court’s confirmation of an arbitration award against an Israeli developer, arguing that the move would unfairly prejudice it.

  • August 18, 2017

    Contractor Asks DC Circ. Not To Revive $8.5M Award Fight

    An Afghan builder on Thursday asked the D.C. Circuit to uphold an order enforcing the $8.5 million award it won against a U.S. engineering firm over a dispute involving a power plant tied to a U.S. foreign aid project, saying that the American company hasn’t offered any new arguments.

  • August 17, 2017

    Petrobras Pulls Uruguay Into Arbitration Over Gas Deals

    Petrobras said Thursday that two of its Uruguayan companies have launched international arbitration proceedings against Uruguay arising from a yearslong dispute over agreements for the companies to supply natural gas from Argentina to its smaller neighbor.

  • August 17, 2017

    Barbados Firm Looks To Revive Venezuela Tourism Arbitration

    A Barbadian fiduciary services firm that claimed to have suffered more than $200 million in losses after its investments in the Venezuelan tourism and hospitality industries were expropriated is looking to have its claim against the country revived, according to a Wednesday notice.

  • August 17, 2017

    Wash. Ultrasound Co.'s $2.7M Arbitration Award Gets OK

    A Washington federal judge on Thursday confirmed an ultrasound device company’s second arbitration award against a Korean competitor accused of ripping off its confidential information, with this one worth over $2.7 million in attorneys' fees and costs, nearly matching the amount of its first award.

  • August 17, 2017

    Venezuelan Oil Co. Decries Bid For Stock In $1.2B Award Row

    Venezuela's state-run oil company has slammed Canadian mining company Crystallex International Co.'s recent bid in Delaware federal court to seize shares of a U.S. corporation owned by it, a request Crystallex lodged in an effort to collect a $1.2 billion arbitration award against the country.

  • August 17, 2017

    Icelandic Co. Owes $4.4M In Suit Over Egg Carton Machine

    A Minnesota federal judge on Wednesday granted LEI Packaging LLC’s renewed bid to force an Icelandic engineering company to pay roughly $4.4 million for producing a defective egg carton-making machine, saying that the time is right after one company involved in the device's creation agreed to arbitration and another was dropped from the dispute.

Expert Analysis

  • 5 Tips For A Successful Legal Blog

    David Coale

    David Coale, leader of the appellate practice at Lynn Pinker Cox & Hurst LLP, shares his insights into what works — and what does not — when setting up and maintaining a legal blog.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Kopf Reviews Posner's 'Federal Judiciary'

    Judge Richard Kopf

    There is a wonderful sketch of Seventh Circuit Judge Richard Posner dressed in a black robe with arms outstretched as if they were the billowing wings of a lean vulture. He is kicking a human brain down a hallway and wearing a half-smile that looks for all the world like a sneer. That sketch is the perfect metaphor for both Judge Posner and his new book, "The Federal Judiciary: Strengths and Weaknesses," says U.S. District Judge Ri... (continued)

  • The Use Of Special Masters In Complex Cases

    Shira Scheindlin

    Special master appointments can be very beneficial in resolving disputes quickly, streamlining discovery, handling delicate settlement negotiations, and — somewhat surprisingly — reducing cost and delay, says retired U.S. District Judge Shira Scheindlin, now with JAMS.

  • Roundup

    Notes From A Law Firm Chief Privacy Officer

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    As more law firms become the targets of major cyberattacks, more firms may consider appointing a chief privacy officer. In this series, CPOs at four firms discuss various aspects of this new role.

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    Notes From A Law Firm Chief Privacy Officer: New Demands

    Phyllis Sumner

    For outside counsel, oftentimes efficiency and responsiveness collide with security measures as clients are increasingly requiring their law firms to comply with third-party risk management programs. To meet these challenges, law firms are focusing more on the roles of chief privacy officer and chief information security officer, says Phyllis Sumner, chief privacy officer for King & Spalding LLP.

  • Opinion

    It's Time To Improve Voir Dire In Federal Court

    Lisa Blue

    During the jury selection process, many times parties submit proposed voir dire questions, but the court ultimately chooses the questions to be asked and does all of the questioning of the jury panel. While this approach is judicially efficient, rarely do we learn anything meaningful from the panel members, say Lisa Blue of Baron and Blue and Robert Hirschhorn of Cathy E. Bennett & Associates.

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    Notes From A Law Firm Chief Privacy Officer: Insider Risks

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    As law firms hold sensitive information not only related to the firm but to the firm’s clients, an insider threat — whether it's a "bad actor employee" or inadvertent activity — poses a particular concern. There are steps that privacy officers can initiate to help minimize these threats, says Patricia Wagner, chief privacy officer for Epstein Becker Green.

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    Notes From A Law Firm Chief Privacy Officer: Balancing Act

    Kristin Jones

    As the role of law firm chief privacy officer becomes more prevalent and expansive, many CPOs are finding themselves in the midst of a delicate balancing act — weighing compliance with government regulations and client requirements on one side with the needs of firm business on the other, says Kristin Jones, chief privacy officer for Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young LLP.

  • How The IPad Can Be A Litigator's Best Friend

    Paul Kiesel

    New mobile computing tools — both hardware and applications — are changing the technology paradigm for legal practitioners. In particular, the combination of the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, the Apple Pencil and the LiquidText annotation app can revolutionize both trial preparation and courtroom litigating, says attorney Paul Kiesel, in his latest review of tech trends.

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    Notes From A Law Firm Chief Privacy Officer: CPO Vs. CISO

    Mark McCreary

    To understand the role of the law firm chief privacy officer — and why that person ought to be a lawyer — it’s important to distinguish the role they fill from that of the chief information security officer, says Mark McCreary, chief privacy officer for Fox Rothschild LLP.