5th Circ. Finds Squire Patton Partner Wasn't Biased Arbitrator

Law360 (September 15, 2020, 5:16 PM EDT) -- The Fifth Circuit ordered a lower court to reinstate an arbitration win for a Chesapeake Energy unit in a dispute with the U.S. arm of a Chinese state-owned oil company, overturning a finding that a Squire Patton Boggs LLP partner serving as an arbitrator was compromised.

In a unanimous, published opinion Monday, a three-judge panel said a district court wrongly held Squire Patton's D. Patrick Long shouldn't have served as an arbitrator in a dispute between OOGC America LLC and Chesapeake over allegedly excessive fees related to Texas and Colorado oil and gas production. The district court said Long had lied and covered up...

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