International Arbitration

  • April 25, 2018

    Churchill Fights To Keep Pause On Mining Row Costs Order

    Allowing Indonesia to enforce a nearly $9.5 million costs order against Churchill Mining PLC while the British company looks to revive its $1.3 billion claim over canceled coal mining rights would risk stifling its access to justice, the company told an international tribunal Monday.

  • April 25, 2018

    BREAKING: ConocoPhillips Wins $2B In Claim Against Venezuela Oil Co.

    ConocoPhillips prevailed Wednesday in an arbitration against Venezuela's state-owned oil company over the 2007 nationalization of two of its onshore extra-heavy oil projects, receiving a $2.04 billion award from an International Chamber of Commerce tribunal, the oil company said.

  • April 25, 2018

    Pineapple Biz Slams Del Monte Bid To Enforce $32M Award

    A Costa Rican pineapple grower urged a Florida federal court Tuesday to abstain from enforcing a $32 million arbitral award to Swiss corporation Del Monte International GmbH, saying that Costa Rican courts have refused to enforce the award and that the grower has no assets in the United States.

  • April 25, 2018

    WTO Poised To Decide Russia-Ukraine Railway Tussle

    A World Trade Organization dispute panel currently mulling a closely watched Ukrainian complaint against the Russian government’s restrictions on imports of railway equipment and parts said Wednesday that it expects to hand down a final ruling in the case some time next month.

  • April 24, 2018

    US Energy Firm Targets Poland Over Nixed Wind Farm Deals

    Invenergy LLC made good Tuesday on its threat to mount an arbitration claim against Poland for allegedly orchestrating the unlawful termination of the American energy company's long-term wind farm contracts with several state-owned utilities, saying efforts to amicably resolve the dispute have failed.

  • April 24, 2018

    Holland & Knight Adds Ex-Baker McKenzie Arbitration Pro

    Holland & Knight LLP has landed a former Baker McKenzie arbitration pro with a decadeslong background in Latin American disputes to head the firm's litigation and arbitration practice in Mexico City.

  • April 24, 2018

    Warner Bros. Wins Bid To Arbitrate 'Mad Max' Director Row

    An Australian judge wrongly denied Warner Brothers' bid to arbitrate in California a dispute with the director of “Mad Max: Fury Road” over a $7 million bonus payment for keeping the film under budget, an appeals court concluded Tuesday.

  • April 24, 2018

    Justices Ask What Deference US Courts Owe Foreign Gov'ts

    The U.S. Supreme Court explored the appropriate level of deference that U.S. courts should pay a foreign country’s interpretation of its own laws during oral arguments Tuesday in a price-fixing case against Chinese vitamin C exporters, a question of increasing relevance in today’s interconnected world.

  • April 24, 2018

    Publisher's Payout To Chile Stayed In $330M Seizure Row

    An International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes panel in an order released Tuesday told the centenarian owner of a Spanish newspaper seized in Chile's 1973 coup that he can postpone paying almost $200,000 while he tries to revive a $330 million claim over the dissolution of the paper.

  • April 23, 2018

    Bulgarian Telecom Fights Injunction Bid Over $6.7M Claim

    A Bulgarian telecommunications provider urged a New York federal court Monday not to freeze certain funds related to a complex satellite financing deal while an arbitral tribunal considers a California company's $6.7 million claim against it, saying the motion is a bullying tactic.

  • April 23, 2018

    EU, Mexico Agree To Broader Trade Deal Nixing Tariffs

    Trade officials with the European Union and Mexico announced that they have struck a bilateral free trade agreement that would eliminate virtually all duty payments between the two economies and further open government contracts by the North American nation to European companies.

  • April 23, 2018

    NY Bar Aims To Help Uninitiated With Arbitrator Appointments

    The New York City Bar Association’s arbitration committee has released a report detailing arbitrator appointment procedures of various arbitral institutions for commercial proceedings to help guide parties who lack extensive experience, according to a Monday notice.

  • April 23, 2018

    Failed Fraud Doesn't Doom $4.9M Award In Steel Sale Row

    An English appeals court on Monday upheld the enforcement of a $4.9 million arbitration award issued to a Chinese metals supplier against a British company over an alleged breach of a steel contract, finding that although the manufacturer may have tried to forge shipping documents, it failed, and failed forgery is no fraud at all. 

  • April 23, 2018

    Construction Firm Says German Solar Panel Co. Has NJ Ties

    A construction firm seeking to enforce a $1.9 million arbitration award against German solar panel supplier Recom AG urged a New Jersey federal judge Monday to block the company’s effort to avoid paying the award, saying Recom AG has sufficient ties to the district and the underlying contract in the case.

  • April 23, 2018

    Miami Slams Marlins' 'Sour Grapes' Push For Arbitration

    Miami asked a Florida federal court Friday to deny a "sour grapes" bid by the Marlins to dissolve a state court finding that international arbitration can’t be used in a dispute over the government’s piece of the baseball team’s $1.2 billion sale, saying the federal court shouldn't get involved and calling the team "state court losers."

  • April 20, 2018

    Gazprom Files For Contract Termination In Gas Supply Row

    Gazprom on Friday asked arbitrators in Stockholm to sign off on its decision to terminate gas supply and transit contracts with Ukraine's Naftogaz, after negotiations to restart supplies following Naftogaz's $2.56 billion arbitral award ended without a deal.

  • April 20, 2018

    Arbitration Place Adds Canadian High Court, Appeals Judges

    Two former judges with a background in deciding high-profile business and labor disputes in Canada have joined dispute resolution center Arbitration Place, the organization said recently. 

  • April 20, 2018

    Arnold & Porter Picks Up Antitrust Partner In London

    Arnold & Porter has hired a veteran international arbitration and antitrust litigation attorney with a background in investor state and commercial contract disputes from Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP, the firm recently announced. 

  • April 20, 2018

    Kraft Unit's NY Peanut Butter Arbitration Paused In Australia

    An Australian judge refused to lift an order barring a Kraft Heinz Co. subsidiary from proceeding with a New York arbitration stemming from an Australian dairy company's alleged misuse of Kraft's peanut butter jar design, saying Friday the parallel proceedings could lead to inconsistent findings.

  • April 20, 2018

    Jamaican Investor Hits Dominican Republic With $300M Claim

    A Jamaican national has hit the Dominican Republic with a more than $300 million arbitration claim after the landfill he invested in was improperly seized by the government for alleged environmental misdeeds, his law firm confirmed on Friday.

Expert Analysis

  • Best Practices For Building A Better Meeting

    Nicholas Cheolas

    How can we improve meetings in the legal industry, which tends to evolve with the speed of a tranquilized water buffalo mired in quicksand? Breaking it down to three phases can yield significant benefits, says Nicholas Cheolas of Zelle LLP.

  • 5 Ways Law Firms Are Becoming More Like Hotels

    Bella Schiro

    One way law firms differentiate themselves from the competition to attract and retain top talent is through their real estate and workplace strategies. Taking a lead from the hospitality industry can help create a more inviting, welcoming and collaborative workspace environment, says Bella Schiro of Jones Lang LaSalle Inc.

  • Opinion

    Gorsuch's 1st Year Shows He Is A Conservative Activist

    Elliot Mincberg

    In his first year on the U.S. Supreme Court, Justice Neil Gorsuch has proven to be a narrow-minded elitist who consistently votes in favor of corporations and the powerful, acting to roll back protections for workers, consumers, LGBTQ individuals and other marginalized communities, says Elliot Mincberg of People for the American Way.

  • Trump Tariffs May Violate Investment Treaty Protections

    Javier Rubinstein

    Foreign companies affected by the America First tariffs should consider the extent to which such tariffs may violate their rights under applicable investment treaties or free trade agreements, and thus may provide them with recourse in international arbitration for the harm they have suffered, say Javier Rubinstein and Lauren Friedman of Kirkland & Ellis LLP.

  • Finance-Savvy Millennials Are Shifting Business Of Law

    Michael Perlich

    The impact of millennials has already been felt within the legal community by our eagerness to embrace new technologies. One way that we will have potentially even more impact lies in our willingness to embrace new ways of developing business and financing law, says Michael Perich of Burford Capital LLC.

  • Opinion

    Attorney-Client Privilege Is Alive And Well

    Genie Harrison

    The FBI raid of the office of President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer set off a firestorm of controversy about the sanctity of the attorney-client privilege, epitomized by Trump's tweet that the "privilege is dead." But attorney-client privilege is never taken lightly — I have battle scars from the times I have sought crime-fraud exceptions, says Genie Harrison of the Genie Harrison Law Firm.

  • Roundup

    Dissolving Practice

    Dissolving Practice

    In this series, experts discuss the unique aspects of closing a law firm, and some common symptoms of dysfunctionality in a firm that can be repaired before it's too late.

  • Series

    Dissolving Practice: How To Fix A Dysfunctional Law Firm

    Larry Richard

    I am often asked, “When there are one or more partner departures, what can a firm do to prevent this from escalating to a catastrophic level?” The short answer is “nothing.” Law firms need to adopt culture-strengthening lifestyles to prevent defections from occurring in the first place, says Larry Richard of LawyerBrain LLC.

  • Pros And Cons Of Co-Testimony In International Arbitration

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    International arbitration bodies provide little guidance on the use of co-testifying experts in dispute resolution. However, there are practical examples of co-testifying in international case law from which to learn, say members of StoneTurn Group LLP.

  • Series

    Dissolving Practice: Partner Agreement Clauses That Can Help

    ​​​​​Leslie Corwin

    Given the competing public policies of protecting clients’ right to counsel of their choice, lawyer mobility, and the fiduciary duty partners owe to a dissolved firm, it behooves law firms to carefully review their partnership agreements to make sure they adequately spell out what happens in the unfortunate event that the law firm chooses to wind down, say ​​​​​Leslie Corwin and Rachel Sims of Blank Rome LLP.