International Arbitration

  • May 24, 2017

    Judge Won't Revisit Bid To Arbitrate Soybean Shipping Fight

    A New York federal judge on Tuesday declined to rethink her decision tossing a Danish shipping company’s bid to arbitrate a dispute over a soybean shipment with the Paraguayan affiliate of a global agricultural products trader, rejecting the Danish company’s contention that the court overlooked certain allegations.

  • May 23, 2017

    Calif. Court Urged To OK $5.7M Award In Ukrainian Biz Row

    Ukrainian industrialist Konstantin Grigorishin and his company Dastime Group Ltd. urged a California federal court on Monday to confirm a $5.7 million arbitral award it won following a dispute over a 2006 business deal, saying the former Ukrainian businessman who's asking that the award be vacated is just rehashing old arguments.

  • May 23, 2017

    Korean Ultrasound Co. Must Pay $3M Arbitration Award

    A federal court in Seattle has entered a roughly $3 million judgment against a Korean ultrasound device company accused of ripping off confidential information from a U.S. competitor that it had misled about a possible business partnership.

  • May 23, 2017

    UBS Contends Client’s Puerto Rico Award Is $4.4M, Not $12M

    In a petition to a federal court in Puerto Rico to confirm an arbitral award against itself it says is worth only $4.4 million, UBS pushed back Monday against a former client’s claim the ruling covered an additional $7.5 million in nullified transactions.

  • May 23, 2017

    Romanian Oil Row Must Be Arbitrated, Court Told

    Carpathian Energy Companie Petroliera SRL's suit alleging an energy company with offices in Romania and Texas breached a contract concerning Romanian oil and gas operations must be sent to arbitration and dismissed, the company recently told a Mississippi federal court.

  • May 23, 2017

    Jenner & Block Taps Ex-State Dept. Atty As Int'l Law Head

    A former lead attorney with the U.S. Department of State, who has experience representing the U.S. in international arbitration and trade negotiations, will join Jenner & Block LLP’s Washington, D.C., office as head of the firm’s newly formed public international law practice, the firm announced Tuesday.

  • May 23, 2017

    Venezuela Urges DC Circ. To Ditch $740M Arbitral Award

    Venezuela pressed the D.C. Circuit on Monday to upend a $740 million arbitral award issued, and affirmed, for Canadian mining company Gold Reserve in a dispute over canceled mining permits, arguing the lower court judge improperly ignored the beleaguered country’s arguments.

  • May 22, 2017

    Bayer Seeks To Collect $455M Award In Dow Patent Row

    Arguing that Dow Chemical Co. had reached the end of its legal rope in a lengthy patent licensing dispute, units of Bayer AG asked a Virginia federal judge on Friday for permission to collect on a more than $455 million arbitration award without waiting for the U.S. Supreme Court to rule on Dow's long-shot petition for review.

  • May 22, 2017

    Ex-Adidas Owner Loses Appeal, Must Return €404M Award

    France’s high court has upheld a 2015 ruling that French businessman Bernard Tapie must repay €404 million ($454 million) that he won in arbitration against a state-controlled bank that was later annulled because an arbitrator had concealed links to the then-tycoon.

  • May 22, 2017

    Kuwaiti Auto Dealer Can't Immediately Challenge Arbitration

    A Michigan federal judge declined on Monday to allow a Kuwaiti auto dealer to immediately appeal his order requiring the dealer to arbitrate its breach of contract claims against Ford Motor Co., saying that such an appeal wouldn't do enough to advance the litigation to a final outcome.

  • May 22, 2017

    UK, Luxembourg Cos. Seek OK Of €128M Award Against Spain

    Two companies hailing from the U.K. and Luxembourg on Friday brought a more than €128 million arbitral award they won following a dispute with Spain over renewable energy subsidies to a New York federal court, seeking the court's blessing of the award in a petition for recognition and enforcement.

  • May 22, 2017

    ICSID Highlights Mediation, But Takeoff Could Be Complicated

    The International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes is set to host a special training course for mediators tailored for investor-state disputes, but experts question whether mediation — a dispute resolution method that is typically associated with commercial feuds — will ever realize its potential in the field.

  • May 22, 2017

    WTO Dispute Roundup: Members Vie Over Compliance Efforts

    In Law360's latest glimpse at the World Trade Organization's Dispute Settlement Body, Mexico prepares retaliatory tariffs on U.S. goods in their spat over tuna labels, while other countries bicker over compliance efforts in cases on poultry and textiles.

  • May 22, 2017

    Energy Co. Kicks Off ICSID Claim Against Italy Over Oil Field

    Rockhopper launched an international arbitration on Friday against Italy, claiming the country’s decision against the British energy company over an offshore oil project violated the international Energy Charter Treaty.

  • May 22, 2017

    Hague Convention Allows For Service By Mail, Justices Say

    Lawsuit process service abroad can properly go through a mailbox, under the Hague Service Convention, provided the jurisdiction hearing the suit recognizes mail service and the foreign jurisdiction doesn't object, the U.S. Supreme Court said on Monday in a unanimous decision reviving a splash pad company's dormant Texas trade secrets suit.

  • May 19, 2017

    ICSID Won't Split Proceedings In $200M Laos Casino Dispute

    An International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes tribunal has declined a request from the Laotian government to split up proceedings for a Dutch casino investor’s $200 million arbitral claim over taxes on the investor's gaming resort, according to a decision released Friday.

  • May 19, 2017

    Co. Faces Arbitration On Claims Levi Asian Unit Curbed Sales

    A federal judge tentatively ruled Friday that a California company must arbitrate its $2 million case alleging a Levi Strauss & Co. subsidiary sabotaged its deal to sell Levi-branded clothing in Asia, including dispute over whether oral agreement-based claims can be arbitrated.

  • May 19, 2017

    UN Panel Finds Slight Decline In Investor-State Disputes

    Investor-state disputes went down slightly last year, according to a review from a United Nations agency released on Friday, although investors brought more than 60 cases in 2016 and most frequently from the US.

  • May 19, 2017

    Women Arbitrator Appointments At 16 Percent In 2016: Report

    A year after international arbitration stakeholders pledged to appoint more female arbitrators, a diversity advocate says important, but somewhat uneven, progress has been made, with women arbitrators up to nearly 16 percent of appointments in 2016 for 16 major international arbitration bodies.

  • May 19, 2017

    EU Vows To Amend Chicken Import Rules After WTO Loss

    The European Union has agreed to comply with a World Trade Organization decision that struck down its quota system for poultry imports in a case brought by China, according to a WTO document circulated on Friday.

Expert Analysis

  • Attorneys, Your Input Is Needed On Deposition Rule

    Frank Silvestri, Jr.

    Every lawyer who’s handled a civil case in federal court knows about Rule 30(b)(6), governing deposition procedures. But for many real-world deposition dilemmas, the rule offers little guidance. Last year, an Advisory Committee on Civil Rules subcommittee began considering whether the rule should be amended. Now attorneys must advise the subcommittee how to proceed, says Frank Silvestri Jr. of Verrill Dana LLP.

  • How Client Feedback Programs Benefit Law Firms And Clients

    Elizabeth Duffy

    Despite an increase in engagement with client feedback programs over the last 15 years, law firms — and their clients — have a way to go before realizing the maximum benefits such programs can deliver, says Elizabeth Duffy of Acritas US Inc.

  • Solving The Legal Industry's Data Protection Breakdown

    Jeff Ton

    Most law firms today aren't using common security and data protection measures that other industries employ to protect sensitive data. Options like continuous data replication and backups have various pros and cons, but most importantly, law practices must understand the need for a two-tiered approach to data protection, says Jeff Ton of Bluelock LLC.

  • 5 Things To Know About Justice Gorsuch’s First 30 Days

    Charles Webber

    Justice Neil Gorsuch joined the U.S. Supreme Court a little more than 30 days ago, on April 7, 2017. And while it is too early for him to have written any opinions, Gorsuch participated in the final 13 oral arguments of the 2016 term. Charles Webber of Faegre Baker Daniels LLP offers five takeaways from his first month on the job.

  • 5 Mistakes That End Law Firms

    Randy Evans

    Although the end often comes quickly, law firms do not fail overnight. Randy Evans of Dentons and Elizabeth Whitney of Swiss Re Corporate Solutions review five mistakes that expedite law firm failures.

  • Arbitration Options Put Global Insurers In The Driver Seat

    Amy Churan

    Insurers have a variety of options to enforce their right to arbitration, including everything from a negotiated stay of proceedings to an anti-suit injunction. However, it is important for global insurers to consult with knowledgeable counsel before pursuing any particular path, say Amy Churan and Charles Cannizzaro of Robins Kaplan LLP.

  • Welcome Certainty For Investors From 27 OIC Member States

    George Burn

    Recently, the secretary-general of the Permanent Court of Arbitration appointed an arbitrator to the case of D.S. Construction FZCO v. Libya. This has significant implications for the enforceability of investment-protection rights in 27 states that ratified an agreement by the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, say George Burn and Louise Woods of Vinson & Elkins LLP.

  • A Global Push Toward Nonadjudicative Dispute Resolution

    Amal Bouchenaki

    As we near the end of the Global Pound Conference series, stakeholders' call for greater collaboration in the dispute resolution process appears to be emerging as a consistent trend, says Amal Bouchenaki of Herbert Smith Freehills LLP.

  • What Lawyers Should Know To Avoid Online Scams

    J. S. Christie Jr.

    Scams resulting in access to confidential information are probably a lawyer’s greatest technology and cybersecurity risk. But hackers are more likely to gain access to a lawyer’s computer systems through human error, usually responding to a scam, than a brute force attack, says J. S. Christie Jr. of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP.

  • The Current State Of Renewable Energy Disputes: Part 3

    Justin Tschoepe

    In part 3 of this series, Justin Tschoepe and William Wood of Norton Rose Fulbright discuss disputes brought on behalf of the U.S. government under the federal False Claims Act and suits against foreign sovereigns related to the scaling back of state benefits for renewable energy companies.