We use cookies on this site to enable your digital experience. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our cookie policy. close

International Arbitration

  • September 19, 2018

    Costa Rica Prevails In $97M Real Estate Project Row

    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.

  • September 19, 2018

    Gov't Contractor Aims To DQ Saudi Co.'s Atty In Contract Row

    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.

  • September 19, 2018

    Guinean Shipping Co.'s Claims Trimmed In $150M Ore Row

    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.

  • September 19, 2018

    Ex-Yukos Shareholders Want White & Case Docs In $50B Row

    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.

  • September 19, 2018

    Canada Returns To NAFTA Table Amid GOP Frustration

    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.

  • September 18, 2018

    Dutch Telecom Says Tech Co.'s $37M Suit Must Be Arbitrated

    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.

  • September 18, 2018

    Chevron Wants Donziger Jailed In Fight Over $9.5B Fine

    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.

  • September 18, 2018

    Mason Seeks $200M From S. Korea Over Samsung Merger

    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.

  • September 18, 2018

    Canadian Miner Seeks €750M From Greece Over Permit Delays

    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.

  • September 18, 2018

    EU Lays Out Sweeping Vision For WTO Reform

    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.

  • September 17, 2018

    Energy Co. Fights Enforcement Of $21M Chinese Award

    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.

  • September 17, 2018

    Chinese JV Says It Can't Be Forced To Arbitrate $5M Claim

    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.

  • September 17, 2018

    Ship Certification Co. Seeks OK Of Award Nixing $15M Claim

    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.

  • September 17, 2018

    Soured Iraqi Oil Deal Row Must Be Arbitrated, Court Hears

    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.

  • September 17, 2018

    Fruit Farm Denies It Challenged $29M Award In Bad Faith

    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. 

  • September 14, 2018

    Gazprom Vows To Keep Fighting $2.6B Award To Ukraine Co.

    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.

  • September 14, 2018

    Russian Wrestler's Doping Suspension Stretched To 2 Years

    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.

  • September 14, 2018

    Balkan Energy Tells DC Circ. Ghana Can't Escape $13M Award

    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.

  • September 14, 2018

    Indian Telecom Co. Wants $563M Satellite Deal Award OK'd

    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.

  • September 14, 2018

    Chinese Lighting Co. Must Arbitrate Payment Suit, Court Hears

    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.

Expert Analysis

  • Q&A

    Back To School: Stanford's Jeff Fisher Talks Supreme Court

    Jeffrey Fisher

    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.

  • Calif.'s New Rules For Lawyers Move Closer To ABA Model

    Mark Loeterman

    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.

  • Know The Limits To Atty Public Statements During A Trial

    Matthew Giardina

    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 Calif., Questions Remain On Law Firm Conflict Waivers

    Richard Rosensweig

    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.

  • Q&A

    A Chat With Faegre Client Development Chief Melanie Green

    Melanie Green

    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.

  • Q&A

    Back To School: Widener's Rod Smolla Talks Free Speech

    Rodney Smolla

    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.

  • New Pass-Through Deduction Will Pass Over Many Lawyers

    Evan Morgan

    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.

  • How Reckless Judicial Impeachments Threaten Rule Of Law

    Jan van Zyl Smit

    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.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Fogel Reviews 'Good Judgment'

    Judge Jeremy Fogel

    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.

  • 8 Ways ICSID Proposal Would Change Arbitration

    Sarah Reynolds

    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.