An international tribunal has rejected several U.S. investors' $97 million claim accusing Costa Rica of improperly shutting down their beachfront villa project, while also accepting jurisdiction over but ultimately rejecting the Central American nation's counterclaim seeking to hold the investors accountable for alleged environmental damage.
An attorney for a Saudi subcontractor should be disqualified from the subcontractor's suit seeking to confirm an arbitration award against an American defense and logistics contractor as the attorney's prior representation of the U.S. company creates a conflict of interest, the contractor told a Georgia federal court Wednesday.
A D.C. federal judge has nixed some of a Guinean shipping company's claims accusing American aluminum producer Alcoa of breaching a contract with the Guinean government over ore shipments, finding that while the shipper doesn't have to arbitrate its $150 million lawsuit, it can only proceed with certain contract and racial discrimination claims.
Former shareholders of OAO Yukos Oil Co. asked a New York federal court to let them subpoena White & Case LLP and its chairman, Hugh Verrier, for information to be used in a closely watched appeal in the Netherlands to revive $50 billion in arbitral awards issued against Russia following the country's 2007 dismantling of the oil giant.
The Trump administration resumed its North American Free Trade Agreement negotiations with Canada on Wednesday as key Republican lawmakers began to express impatience with Ottawa's reluctance to join the political-level agreement between the U.S. and Mexico.
Dutch telecom Veon Ltd. and its erstwhile Italian subsidiary have urged a California federal court to send to arbitration an approximately $37 million dispute with an information technology company over alleged fraud, saying the technology company is obligated to honor its contractual promise to arbitrate disputes.
Chevron Corp. told a New York federal court that attorney Steven Donziger, who helped procure a fraudulent $9.5 billion judgment in Ecuador over pollution in the Amazon, should be jailed if he continues refusing to transfer his interest in the proceeds of that judgment to Chevron.
A Mason Capital Management LLC investment fund and its general partner have launched a $200 million arbitration claim against South Korea stemming from its alleged interference in the controversial 2015 merger of two Samsung affiliates, according to documents released Tuesday by the country’s Ministry of Justice.
Canadian mining company Eldorado Gold Corp. said Tuesday that its Greek subsidiary Hellas Gold SA is seeking €750 million ($877.35 million) from the Greek government for costs allegedly incurred by delays in the issuance of permits for the company’s Skouries mine.
As the global trading system sags amid rising tensions between the U.S. and its partners, the European Union on Tuesday unveiled an informal proposal to reform the World Trade Organization by modernizing its rules, improving its oversight function and repairing its hobbled dispute settlement system.
An Oklahoma energy company urged a federal court Friday to quash five subpoena requests issued by an Asian investment firm as it looks to collect a $21 million arbitral award issued in China that's currently being challenged there, arguing that the award has not yet been confirmed and may never be.
A Chinese company formed to provide businesses with market survey research has urged a New York federal judge to pause an Ohio analytics company's $5 million arbitration claim over the parties' joint venture deal in China, saying their underlying contract doesn't contain a valid arbitration clause.
The American Bureau of Shipping has asked a New York federal court to confirm an arbitral panel’s decision axing Bailey Shipping Ltd.’s nearly $15.1 million damages claim and awarding costs to the ship classification society in a dispute accusing ABS of misrepresenting a vessel’s condition.
Two executives of a British Virgin Islands petroleum company said global commodities trading house Gunvor SA is improperly trying to get out of arbitrating a dispute over at least $30 million in losses stemming from a deal to transport fuel from Iraq, according to documents filed in Virginia federal court on Friday.
A Costa Rican pineapple farm has rebuked a Florida magistrate judge for recommending it pay a Del Monte unit's attorneys' fees, and instead argued that exceptional grounds warranted challenging the $29.3 million arbitration award issued to the food production and distribution company.
A Swedish appeals court has lifted its stay on enforcing a $2.56 billion arbitral award won by Ukraine's national oil and gas company Naftogaz in a contract dispute with Gazprom, a move the Russian natural gas giant vowed to challenge after a London court unfroze its English assets, exposing them to possible seizure by Naftogaz.
The Court of Arbitration for Sport has imposed a two-year suspension on a Russian Olympic wrestler for doping, overturning a previously imposed shorter period of ineligibility, according to a statement.
British energy firm Balkan Energy and its Ghanaian subsidiary urged the D.C. Circuit on Friday to affirm the confirmation of a nearly $13.7 million arbitral award it won from Ghana following a dispute over a soured power purchase agreement, saying an argument that the dispute belongs in Ghana has no merit.
An Indian telecommunications company asked a Washington federal court to confirm an over $562.5 million award stemming from claims that a commercial division of its country’s space program unlawfully axed a satellite-leasing deal, saying multiple international tribunals and arbitrators have found that the termination was wrong.
A California lighting distributor urged a federal judge on Thursday to force a Chinese lighting manufacturer and its shipper to arbitrate a multimillion-dollar dispute stemming from a purchase agreement, saying their agreement includes a mandatory arbitration provision.
In this series featuring law school luminaries, Stanford Law School professor Jeffrey Fisher discusses his motivation for teaching, arguing before the U.S. Supreme Court and what the court might look like if Judge Brett Kavanaugh is confirmed.
The first comprehensive overhaul of California's Rules of Professional Conduct in nearly 30 years becomes operational on Nov. 1. Some of the new rules mirror the model language used by the American Bar Association, but many continue to reflect California’s unique approach to certain ethical questions, says Mark Loeterman of Signature Resolution LLC.
The balancing act between protecting attorneys’ speech rights and ensuring unbiased adjudications was highlighted recently in two cases — when Michael Cohen applied for a restraining order against Stephanie Clifford's attorney, and when Johnson & Johnson questioned whether a Missouri talc verdict was tainted by public statements from the plaintiffs' counsel, says Matthew Giardina of Manning Gross & Massenburg LLP.
In Sheppard Mullin v. J-M Manufacturing Co., the California Supreme Court ruled last month that a law firm's failure to disclose a known conflict with another current client did not categorically disentitle the firm from recovering fees. But the court didn’t provide hoped-for guidance on how to write an enforceable advance conflict waiver, says Richard Rosensweig of Goulston & Storrs PC.
In this monthly series, Amanda Brady of Major Lindsey & Africa interviews management from top law firms about the increasingly competitive business environment. Here we feature Melanie Green, chief client development officer at Faegre Baker Daniels LLP.
In this new series featuring law school luminaries, Widener University Delaware Law School dean Rodney Smolla discusses teaching philosophies, his interest in First Amendment law, and arguing before the U.S. Supreme Court in Virginia v. Black.
A few weeks ago, the IRS proposed regulations related to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act's 20 percent deduction on qualified business income for pass-through entities. The guidance offers long-awaited clarity, but is mostly bad news for many law firms, says Evan Morgan of Kaufman Rossin PA.
Judicial impeachment fever seems to be spreading through the states, with West Virginia legislators recently voting to remove their state's entire Supreme Court, and lawmakers in Pennsylvania and North Carolina threatening the same. These actions are a serious threat to judicial independence, says Jan van Zyl Smit of the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law.
In this time of partisan conflict over judicial selection, a new book by Canadian jurist Robert J. Sharpe — "Good Judgment" — represents a refreshing, deeply thoughtful departure from binary arguments about how and why judges make decisions, says U.S. District Judge Jeremy Fogel, director of the Federal Judicial Center.
The International Center for Settlement of Investment Disputes recently proposed extensive rule revisions. These updates come at a troubling time for investor-state arbitration, which faces increasing backlash from nongovernmental organizations and criticism from populist politicians, say attorneys with Mayer Brown LLP.