International Arbitration

  • February 20, 2018

    S. Korea Lobs WTO Challenge To US Steel Tariffs

    The South Korean government has launched a World Trade Organization case targeting a slew of U.S. duties on its steel and energy products, according to documents published Tuesday, alleging the U.S. has been calculating the tariffs in a way that flouts WTO rules.

  • February 20, 2018

    Sport Court To Review Russian Curler's Failed Doping Test

    The top court for international sports has opened a new case against a Russian Olympic athlete and curling bronze medalist who failed a doping test, the court said Monday. 

  • February 16, 2018

    Insurer Says Utah Bank, Finance Co. Can't Duck Award

    Allied World Assurance urged federal courts in Utah and New York on Thursday to confirm an international arbitration award against the Bank of Utah and a finance company valued at $424,392 and argued that the separate cases should not be consolidated.

  • February 16, 2018

    No Money, No Merchandise, Solar Panel Co. Tells Court

    A solar panel manufacturer urged a California federal court Thursday to stop a customer from acquiring some $1.6 million worth of modules, arguing that the company created a supply contract row in the first place by disrupting its cash flow.

  • February 16, 2018

    Japan Seeking WTO Relief From US Solar Safeguard Tariffs

    The Japanese government joined the throng of nations pushing back against recently enacted U.S. safeguard tariffs on solar panel components at the World Trade Organization Friday, asking to sit down with the Trump administration to discuss earning relief from the sweeping restrictions.

  • February 16, 2018

    Texas Oil Co. Can't Duck $14M Award, Transocean Unit Says

    A Nigerian offshore drilling unit of Transocean told a Texas federal judge that an oil exploration company can't slip its bid to confirm a $14 million arbitration award issued over unpaid work, arguing that there are no loopholes in the binding arbitration to which the parties agreed. 

  • February 16, 2018

    HKIAC Launches Initiative To Support Women In Arbitration

    The Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre has launched an initiative aimed at supporting women in China involved in international arbitration and related practice areas, the institution’s latest effort to bolster gender equality since signing an international pledge in 2016.

  • February 15, 2018

    Orthodontist Backs Off On Extension Challenge In Award Row

    An orthodontist who resides in France Thursday withdrew his opposition to an orthodontic supply manufacturer’s request for more time to answer a petition to confirm a multimillion-euro arbitration award, telling a Wisconsin federal court he reconsidered after discussions with opposing counsel.

  • February 15, 2018

    Russian Arbitral Award OK'd Against No-Show Pharma Biz

    A New York federal judge on Wednesday sided with a magistrate judge’s recommendation to confirm a nearly $466,000 Russian arbitral award against a defunct Long Island pharmaceutical company that failed to appear in the arbitration and the subsequent litigation, finding no error.

  • February 15, 2018

    Costa Rican Condo Developer Seeks To Toss $1.6M Award

    A Costa Rican real estate developer urged an Arizona federal court Wednesday not to confirm a nearly $1.6 million arbitration award against it and a majority shareholder in a luxury condo project, saying the court lacks jurisdiction to do so because Costa Rica’s supreme court set the award aside.

  • February 15, 2018

    ABA Presses For Trade Secrets Safeguards In New NAFTA

    Any renegotiation of NAFTA should include a provision requiring all parties to enact stronger protections for trade secrets and patents and to crack down on the import of knockoff goods, the American Bar Association’s intellectual property section told the U.S. Trade Representative on Wednesday.

  • February 15, 2018

    Arbitrators Toss Bulk Of Swedish Co.'s $113M Royalties Case

    International arbitrators have ordered a Swedish networking technology company to pay some $1.6 million in legal fees to a major customer after mostly dismissing its $900 million Swedish krona ($113 million) arbitration case over unpaid royalties, the company said recently. 

  • February 15, 2018

    Mining Co. Wants $6.9M Award Confirmed After No-Show

    A Liberian mining company urged a Virginia federal court on Wednesday to enter a default judgment confirming a $6.9 million arbitral award issued in a dispute over an earthworks project at a gold mine, arguing that the other company never responded to court proceedings.

  • February 15, 2018

    A Chat With Hogan Lovells HR Chief Allison Friend

    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 Allison Friend, chief human resources officer for Hogan Lovells.

  • February 14, 2018

    Uthe’s RICO Harm Theory New To Appeal, 9th Circ. Says

    Uthe Technology Corp. urged the Ninth Circuit on Wednesday to revive its Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act suit, arguing the semiconductor company suffered a direct harm when it was defrauded into selling a “thriving” subsidiary and prompting the judges to complain Uthe was raising a new injury theory for the first time on appeal.

  • February 14, 2018

    Arbitrator Chided For Ignoring Mexican Court In Mining Row

    A Colorado arbitrator was “well outside his authority” when he proceeded with arbitration involving two DynaResource entities and Canada's Goldgroup, whose $400,000 award should be thrown out, a federal magistrate judge found Tuesday in the companies' long-running dispute over a gold mining project.

  • February 14, 2018

    Orthodontist Says Supply Co. Can't Keep Stalling €3.9M Award

    A French orthodontist blasted an orthodontic supply manufacturer’s request for more time to respond to a petition to confirm an arbitration award of €3.9 million ($4.9 million) plus fees, costs and interest stemming from their failed relationship, telling a Wisconsin federal court Tuesday that the company has repeatedly sought to avoid paying.

  • February 14, 2018

    US Insurers Want Door Shut On $50M Brazilian Bank Claim

    Two U.S. insurers have urged a New York federal court to uphold an arbitral award dismissing a Brazilian banking and financial services company's $50 million policy claim against them, arguing that the bank's bid to recoup its losses ignores the great deference courts give to foreign arbitration.

  • February 14, 2018

    Czech Republic Faces $1B In New Claims From Plasma Co.

    A Liechtenstein-based medical technology company has filed arbitration claims worth at least $1 billion against the Czech Republic over a failed blood plasma business, the latest salvo in a decadeslong dispute that has seen the company try, and fail, to collect damages on a reneged deal to supply hospitals, local media reported Monday. 

  • February 13, 2018

    Paris Launches New International Dispute Division

    France’s Ministry of Justice on Monday announced the creation of a new international division of the Paris Court of Appeal that will specialize in hearing international disputes, including complex commercial and financial matters.

Expert Analysis

  • How To Fix Your Broken Client Teams

    Mike O'Horo

    Law firms claim they create client teams to improve service. Clients aren’t fooled, describing these initiatives as “thinly veiled sales campaigns.” Until firms and client teams begin to apply a number of principles consistently, they will continue to fail and further erode clients’ trust, says legal industry coach Mike O’Horo.

  • How To Serve Your Blind Client Effectively

    Julia Satti Cosentino

    While a client’s visual impairment can create challenges for an attorney, it also can open up an opportunity for both attorney and client to learn from each other. By taking steps to better assist clients who are blind or visually impaired, attorneys can become more perceptive and effective advisers overall, say Julia Satti Cosentino and Nicholas Stabile of Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP.

  • 6 Lessons From The Chaos Surrounding Russian Athletes

    Ronald Katz

    Less than two weeks before the Pyeongchang Olympics, the Court of Arbitration for Sport cleared previously banned Russian athletes to compete, but on Monday the International Olympic Committee stated it will not allow such competition. This chaotic situation could have been avoided by following well-known practices in jurisprudence, says Ronald Katz of GCA Law Partners LLP.

  • Opinion

    Evolving Due Process In The Digital Age

    Stephen Kane

    Because courts have not modernized as quickly as companies like Amazon, Tesla and Apple, Americans are becoming increasingly dissatisfied, but technological innovations may be able to help Americans access their due process, says Stephen Kane of FairClaims.

  • Centers Of Influence Are Key To Small Law Firm Rainmaking

    Frank Carone

    In a national survey of 378 small law firms, partners ranked client referrals as the most important means of business development. Yet studies reveal that while professional services providers obtain most new clients from existing client referrals, their best new clients — the ones providing the largest pool of investable assets — overwhelmingly come from “centers of influence,” says Frank Carone, an executive partner at Abrams Fensterman.

  • Feature

    From Law Firm To Newsroom: An Interview With Bob Woodruff

    Randy Maniloff

    Lawyers who have left the traditional practice for perceived greener pastures are many. But the circumstances surrounding broadcast journalist Bob Woodruff’s departure are unique. Like none I’ve ever heard, says Randy Maniloff of White and Williams LLP.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Kendall Reviews 'On The Jury Trial'

    Judge Virginia Kendall

    As someone who spent half her days last year on the bench presiding over trials, I often find the alarmist calls to revamp the jury trial system a tad puzzling — why is making trial lawyers better rarely discussed? Then along comes a refreshing little manual called "On the Jury Trial: Principles and Practices for Effective Advocacy," by Thomas Melsheimer and Judge Craig Smith, says U.S. District Judge Virginia Kendall of the Northe... (continued)

  • Opinion

    Int'l Arbitration Will Keep Thriving Despite Trump Agenda

    Ava Borrasso

    While there may be minor deviations along the way, international arbitration has made many recent gains and will no doubt continue to flourish in the age of Trump and beyond, says Ava Borrasso, a Miami-based attorney specializing in international commercial litigation and arbitration.

  • Lessons From President Trump's Failed Judicial Nominations

    Arun Rao

    On Tuesday, the Trump administration announced 12 new judicial nominations. We will soon discover whether these candidates learned from the mistakes of the three nominees forced to withdraw in December after bipartisan concerns arose over their qualifications, says Arun Rao, executive VP of Investigative Group International.

  • How To Control Data As Technology Complicates E-Discovery

    Peter Ostrega

    While technology is making certain aspects of e-discovery faster and easier, it is also creating new challenges as quickly as we can provide solutions. The good news is that there are concrete steps businesses can take to address those challenges, says Peter Ostrega of Consilio LLC.