International Arbitration

  • March 16, 2018

    Petrobras Can Keep Lid On Risk Docs In $400M Oil Rig Suit

    Petrobras Americas Inc. can hang on to documents said to have forecast the economic risks of its plan to drill in the Gulf of Mexico, a Texas magistrate judge said Thursday, ruling that the financial information is unlikely to help Spanish manufacturer Vicinay Cadenas SA in a $400 million suit over its allegedly defective component used in an offshore rig.

  • March 16, 2018

    Cruise Photographer Who Shot Murder Scene Must Arbitrate

    A California federal judge has sent to arbitration a suit filed by a photographer who worked on a Princess cruise vessel and claims he suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder because he was forced to document the scene of an alleged murder aboard the ship.

  • March 16, 2018

    ICSID Roundup: The Latest Claims You Need To Know

    It's been a busy few weeks at the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes, with new claims in the construction, energy, banking, media and tourism industries filed against the republics of Azerbaijan, Colombia and Turkey, the Kingdom of Morocco, and the State of Kuwait. Here are the latest claims at ICSID you need to know.

  • March 16, 2018

    Foil Duties Get Green Light, Fueling US-China WTO Battle

    The Trump administration is set to impose steep tariffs on Chinese aluminum foil following a final vote by the U.S. International Trade Commission Thursday, deepening the fault lines in a simmering high-stakes World Trade Organization standoff with Beijing.

  • March 16, 2018

    A Chat With Littler Info Chief Durgesh Sharma

    In this monthly series, legal recruiting experts at Major Lindsey & Africa interview management from top law firms about navigating an increasingly competitive business environment. Here we feature Durgesh Sharma, chief information officer at Littler Mendelson PC.

  • March 15, 2018

    Telecom Seeks Court's Help To Enforce €150M London Award

    A telecommunications company that won about €150 million ($184.6 million) in a London arbitration against Orascom TMT Investments SARL to cover liabilities incurred during Italian tax audits against former OTMTI-owned companies asked for a Delaware federal court's help Wednesday in tracking down assets to enforce the award.

  • March 15, 2018

    Mapping Out A WTO Case Against Trump's Metal Tariffs

    U.S. trading partners are no doubt preparing a litany of responses to the Trump administration’s impending tariffs on steel and aluminum and the odds are high that the matter will head before a World Trade Organization panel, setting the stage for high-stakes litigation with substantial implications for the global trading order.

  • March 15, 2018

    Telco Claims Witness Tampering In $500M Mexico Arbitration

    A former officer of Mexico's telecommunications regulator was bullied into not testifying in a $500 million arbitration accusing Mexico of destroying a telecommunication company's business, and now the telecom wants his testimony for use in a witness-tampering complaint, according to documents filed Wednesday in D.C. federal court.

  • March 15, 2018

    ICC Opens Hearing Center In Brazil To Cover Latin America

    The International Chamber of Commerce and a Brazilian industry group on Thursday announced the opening of a new hearing center in Sao Paulo that will support dispute resolution proceedings involving parties from the country and across Latin America, helping the institution better serve a growing market.

  • March 15, 2018

    Sport Court Upholds Weightlifter's 4-Year Doping Suspension

    The Court of Arbitration for Sport on Thursday upheld a four-year suspension levied against a Polish weightlifter last year after he failed a doping test during the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

  • March 15, 2018

    Glassmaker Looks To Save $1B Venezuela Expropriation Claim

    A U.S. glassmaker has asked an International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes tribunal to revive its $1.03 billion claim against Venezuela for expropriating investments in two glass manufacturing plants, arguing the decision to nix the company's claims is an assault on the very integrity of ICSID. 

  • March 14, 2018

    Burford Sees $94M Return In Argentina Airline Arbitration

    Third party funder Burford Capital Ltd. said Tuesday that it made more than $94 million selling its interest in a more than $320 million award issued last year against Argentina following a dispute with a Spanish travel group over the expropriation of two airlines, which is currently the subject of an annulment proceeding.

  • March 14, 2018

    Indian Export Subsidies Draw WTO Fire From US

    The United States has requested a dispute settlement consultation at the World Trade Organization challenging Indian export subsidies, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative announced on Wednesday.

  • March 14, 2018

    Foreign Attys Can Conduct Int'l Arbitrations, India Court Rules

    Foreign lawyers may conduct international commercial arbitrations in India, the Indian Supreme Court ruled Tuesday, issuing a decision that also allows foreign lawyers to give legal advice to clients on a "casual" basis only so long as it doesn’t amount to a practice.

  • March 14, 2018

    No End In Sight For US-Mexico Tuna Label WTO Battle

    The World Trade Organization’s Appellate Body turmoil has swallowed up the long-running U.S.-Mexico dispute over “dolphin safe” tuna labeling regulations, as a document circulated Wednesday revealed that the appeals panel will not issue a final ruling in the case on time.

  • March 14, 2018

    UK Insurers Allowed To Keep Arbitrator In WTC Dispute

    The Court of Appeal in London has overturned a ruling that forced Allianz Insurance to appoint a new arbitrator in its dispute over reinsurance liabilities stemming from the 2001 terrorist attacks on New York.

  • March 13, 2018

    Blockchain Will Improve Int'l Dispute Resolution, Group Says

    A first-of-its-kind blockchain application being developed specifically for the international dispute resolution community, which is set to be unveiled Wednesday at a conference in Brazil, could help make international arbitration quicker and less expensive, according to the startup behind the project.

  • March 13, 2018

    Arbitrators Say $52M Mill Claim Against Canada Can Proceed

    A Permanent Court of Arbitration tribunal has ruled that it has jurisdiction to consider an American paper company’s CA$70 million ($52.3 million) North American Free Trade Agreement claim alleging Nova Scotia improperly helped revive a local competitor's paper mill, finding that the benefits the province offered were "close to the line" but may have adversely affected investors in the product’s small market.

  • March 13, 2018

    Bank Gets $35M Judgment Against Belize Enforced

    The Belize Bank Ltd. won enforcement from a D.C. federal court on Monday of a $35.2 million judgment against Belize following a dispute over a complex debt guarantee, closing another chapter in the long-running saga that previously made its way to the U.S. Supreme Court.

  • March 13, 2018

    Satellite Co. Seeks OK Of $1M ICC Award Against Korea's KT

    A Bermuda satellite operator is seeking to enshrine its recent $1 million arbitration victory against South Korea’s KT Corp. stemming from a politically fraught satellite transaction, asking a New York federal court Tuesday to confirm an award resolving the remaining issues in its favor.

Expert Analysis

  • The Case For Early Mediation Or Arbitration In IP Disputes

    Jerry Cohen

    Alternative dispute resolution is one of the best ways to resolve disputes involving patents, copyright, trademark, trade secrets and other intellectual property issues. While not every situation lends itself to ADR, it is more accessible than many parties assume, says Jerry Cohen of Burns & Levinson LLP.

  • International Arbitration In 2018: A Year Of Rule Revisions

    Neil Newing

    Though still in its relative infancy, 2018 is shaping up to be a year of arbitral institution rule updates. Neil Newing and Ryan Cable of Signature Litigation LLP explore some of the more innovative and trending rule changes expected or predicted this year.

  • Thorny Questions For IP Rights Under Investment Treaties

    Claudia Annacker

    The recent ruling in Bridgestone Licensing Services v. Republic of Panama by an ICSID tribunal has implications for owners and licensees of IP rights, particularly with respect to the protections they can expect for their trademarks under investment treaties, according to attorneys with Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP.

  • Lawyering A La Carte: Unbundled Dispute Resolution Services

    David Wallace

    There's no reason for limiting unbundled legal services to family law or even pro se litigants. Wider adoption, especially by litigators, presents an opportunity to correct law's distribution and pricing problem, to make justice practically available to all, and to dethrone litigation as the "sport of kings," says New York-based trial lawyer David Wallace.

  • You’re Perfect, Now Change: Perfectionism Hurts Lawyers

    Peter Norman

    Like medical professionals, lawyers often resist policies to reduce errors due to the culture of perfectionism that permeates the industry. Autonomy is key to the legal professional's prestige and the outward demonstration of competence is key to maintaining autonomy, says Peter Norman of Winnieware LLC.

  • Opinion

    Grassley, Feinstein Debate Judicial Vetting, Obstruction

    Sen. Chuck Grassley

    It is undisputed that in his first year in office President Trump was able to confirm a significant number of judges to the federal bench. How it happened — and whether it's a good thing — are debated here by Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif.

  • 10 Tips For Working With IT To Preserve Data

    John Tredennick

    Increasingly, when courts impose a “legal hold” they require legal supervision of the preservation process, meaning lawyers must rely heavily on information technology professionals to execute the mechanics. John Tredennick of Catalyst Repository Systems and Alon Israely of TotalDiscovery offer insights on how legal and IT can work together to make the process more efficient and fulfill the company’s legal obligations.

  • What Is A 'Reasoned Award' In International Arbitration?

    Odean Volker

    The term “reasoned award” is not defined in the Federal Arbitration Act, and articulating a satisfactory description of the required elements has been an elusive task, says Odean Volker of Haynes and Boone LLP.

  • Make An Informed Choice About Arbitration


    In an age of data-driven decision-making, too many companies are making important choices about dispute resolution based on anecdotes and isolated experiences. I’d like to explain why a number of objections to arbitration are ill-founded, says Foley Hoag LLP partner John Shope.

  • Protecting Privilege In Litigation Financing Negotiations

    Eric Robinson

    Multiple courts have held that discoverable material from negotiations with a litigation funder, when executed properly, can be attorney work product and immune from disclosure in the later litigation. The recent Acceleration Bay decision is indicative of what happens when difficult facts conflict with best practices, says Eric Robinson of Stevens & Lee PC.