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International Arbitration

  • August 13, 2018

    Trusts Needn't Arbitrate $4.2M Contract Row: Aussie Court

    An Australian judge on Friday refused to force two family trusts to arbitrate their suit with a software company over an allegedly breached $4.2 million share sale agreement, rejecting arguments that a clause calling for disputes to go before a mediator at the Singapore International Arbitration Centre was an arbitration clause.

  • August 13, 2018

    CFIUS Overhaul Signed Into Law Along With Defense Budget

    President Donald Trump signed the National Defense Authorization Act for 2019 into law on Monday, approving the federal defense budget and policy priorities for the upcoming year as well as the attached plan to overhaul the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States.

  • August 13, 2018

    Dutch Telecom Says $36M Contract Row Must Be Arbitrated

    An approximately $36 million lawsuit accusing the Dutch telecom Veon Ltd. of fraud in connection with an underlying contract with California-based SteppeChange LLC to help modernize Veon's business practices belongs before a U.K. arbitrator, Veon told a California federal court Friday.

  • August 13, 2018

    Electronics Co. Says $1.4M Supply Row Belongs In Court

    A Hong Kong manufacturer of wireless audio system, mobile app and "internet of things" solutions has urged a California federal court not to force it to arbitrate its $1.4 million dispute stemming from a supply agreement with a Nevada-based electronics supplier, saying the parties' agreements call for settling disputes in district court. 

  • August 13, 2018

    Ross Insists Turkish Metals Tariff Hike Is For Security

    Following President Donald Trump’s surprising decision to double tariffs on Turkey’s steel and aluminum exports in response to a tumbling of its currency, U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross late Friday stressed that the move was made purely for national security reasons.

  • August 10, 2018

    How The Legal Industry Lets Down Lawyers With Disabilities

    The dissolution of a five-year-old bar group marks the latest setback for disabled attorneys, who often find little support while navigating an inhospitable industry.

  • August 10, 2018

    Gaining Access: Disabled Lawyers Share Their Stories

    In a series of interviews, lawyers tell Law360 how even well-intentioned professors can create barriers, how inclusivity can help a firm’s litigation prowess, and how “inspirational” can be a dirty word.

  • August 10, 2018

    UK Litigation Roundup: Here's What You Missed In London

    The last week has seen the Financial Conduct Authority take on a financial consulting firm, engineering company Doosan Babcock sue insurer Acasta, and a new action from private equity-linked firms that have already brought multiple actions worldwide after KPN Group acquired a Thai wind energy company. Here, Law360 looks at those and other new claims in the U.K.

  • August 10, 2018

    Chinese Wind Energy Co. Can Enforce $70M Arbitration Award

    Renewable energy company Soaring Wind Energy LLC and China-focused investor Tang Energy Group Ltd. won their bid to confirm a $70 million arbitration award against another investor, when a Texas federal judge found no justification for altering the award.

  • August 10, 2018

    UAE Firm Targets Armenia Over Nixed Railway, Road Deal

    A division of the United Arab Emirates investment firm Rasia Group and its U.S. owner have hit Armenia with an investor-state claim over reneged exclusive concessions to construct a railway and high-speed road in the country, according to documents obtained by Law360 on Friday.

  • August 10, 2018

    Trial Nixed Over Fraud Claims In $500M Kazakh Award Row

    An English appeals court on Friday shut down an upcoming trial to determine whether a more than $500 million arbitral award issued against Kazakhstan to two Moldovan oil and gas investors had been tainted by fraud, concluding there was no reason to move ahead since the investors have abandoned the proceeding.

  • August 10, 2018

    Ex-Tennis Star Says Claims Outside Arbitration Agreement

    Romanian billionaire and former tennis star Ion Tiriac told a New York federal court on Thursday that he doesn't have to take his lawsuits against the CEO of the Women's Tennis Association into arbitration, saying the parties and the issues are outside the cited arbitration agreement.

  • August 10, 2018

    Some EU Energy Rules Discriminate Against Russia: WTO

    A World Trade Organization panel has found that several of the European Union’s energy sector rules discriminate against Russian imports of natural gas, saying in a report circulated Friday that those energy regulations are inconsistent with international trade agreements.

  • August 10, 2018

    Aviation Co. Fights For Award In Helicopter Contract Row

    Multinational aviation company Starlite Investments Ireland Ltd. asked a Texas federal judge to confirm an emergency arbitration award over certain payments in a dispute with a Fort Worth-based helicopter manufacturer relating to a U.S. government contract for military operations in Afghanistan, arguing that the court has the authority to do so.

  • August 10, 2018

    WTO Will Finish Review Of Chinese Ag Quotas Next Year

    The World Trade Organization panel currently weighing the U.S. complaint against China’s use of tariff-rate quotas on U.S. exports of rice, corn and wheat will issue its decision in the first half of 2019, according to a document circulated by the WTO on Friday.

  • August 9, 2018

    Crystallex To Get Shares Of Citgo In $1.2B Award Row

    A Delaware federal judge Thursday signed off on Canadian mining company Crystallex International Corp.’s request to seize shares of Citgo Petroleum Corp., which is owned by a Venezuelan state-run oil company, to block Venezuela from escaping a $1.2 billion arbitration award over a canceled mining contract.

  • August 9, 2018

    Greenberg Traurig Adds Pair Of International Arbitration Pros

    Greenberg Traurig LLP has hired two former Winston & Strawn LLP attorneys for its litigation and Latin American and Iberian practices, bolstering its offerings in Washington, D.C., with the attorneys' extensive experience in the international arbitration and dispute resolution space, the firm announced Wednesday.

  • August 9, 2018

    Atty Fees In $5M Chinese Award Row Must Also Be Arbitrated

    A California federal judge has rebuffed a bid for attorneys' fees after confirming a more than $5 million arbitral award against a nutraceutical company, which was issued to two individuals following a dispute over a share transfer, saying the pair must heed the terms of their own arbitration agreement.

  • August 9, 2018

    Tennis Federation Wants Doping Test Suit Tried In England

    The International Tennis Federation and a doping control firm asked a Florida federal court to dismiss a suit by a professional tennis player over alleged harm from drug tests, saying she is required to bring her claims in an English court.

  • August 9, 2018

    Trump Allies Make Bid For Stricter Beef Labeling In NAFTA

    U.S. ranching and other advocacy groups pushed the Trump administration to use the North American Free Trade Agreement talks to reinstate country-of-origin labeling rules for beef and pork that have been deemed discriminatory by the World Trade Organization.

Expert Analysis

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: The Equality Lessons

    Margo Schlanger

    In 1993, Ruth Bader Ginsburg was confirmed to the U.S. Supreme Court, and I began my two-year clerkship with her. In her first opinion as a justice, and in dozens since, Justice Ginsburg reminded us how the law needs to operate if equality is to be a reality, says Margo Schlanger, a professor at the University of Michigan Law School.

  • 6 Trends Will Shape Future International Commercial Disputes

    Cedric Chao

    The world of international litigation and arbitration tends to move slowly — however, I expect the pace of change to accelerate in the coming decade as six trends take hold, says Cedric Chao, U.S. head of DLA Piper's international arbitration practice.

  • The Future Of Authenticating Audio And Video Evidence

    Jonathan Mraunac

    The recent emergence of artificial intelligence-based technology has prompted serious concerns about the future integrity of recordings. Attorneys must think critically about standards for authenticating audio and video evidence as well as legislative and regulatory safeguards to discourage pervasive manipulation and forgery, says Jonathan Mraunac of Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC.

  • Opinion

    Law360's Global 20 Doesn't Acknowledge Global Networks

    Glenn Cunningham

    While I read with interest Law360's report analyzing the top 20 global law firms of 2018, I also noticed it doesn't tell the whole story. Global networks of independent law firms compare favorably with multinational firms in terms of geographic coverage, legal expertise, and awareness of local cultures and customs, says Glenn Cunningham of Interlaw Ltd.

  • What Kavanaugh's Writing Tells Us About His Personality

    Matthew Hall

    People with certain personality traits tend to use certain words. A computer analysis of Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s D.C. Circuit opinions reveals that he is highly extraverted, which means that he would be a prominent voice on the U.S. Supreme Court, says Matthew Hall, a professor at the University of Notre Dame.

  • Opinion

    3 Pros, 3 Cons Of Litigation Finance

    Ralph Sutton

    An educated guess puts the number of new litigation funders launched in the past 18 months at 30 — an astonishing number, with more to come. Is this a blessing to our legal system or something more akin to tulip mania? Maybe both, says Ralph Sutton, founder and CEO of litigation funding firm Validity Finance LLC.

  • ADR And The Solomonic Solution

    Gary Birnberg

    Is mediation an exercise in baby-splitting? I argue that it is not. Tactical positioning, available resources, psychological considerations, and internal value and risk analysis all conspire to create a dynamic in which a Solomonically even split is not a realistic solution, says Gary Birnberg of JAMS.

  • Modern Communication Brings E-Discovery Challenges

    Thomas Bonk

    As new communications platforms displace email, the legal industry is awkwardly grappling with complex e-discovery questions. Fortunately, this environment provides a very fertile ground of incentives for innovation in both e-discovery technology and service offerings, says Thomas Bonk of Epiq.

  • Opinion

    It's Not All About The Benjamins, Baby (Lawyer)

    J.B. Heaton

    Notwithstanding the latest salary war among prominent law firms, I urge my middle-aged and older colleagues to help the recent graduates we know focus on the long term. Even if the salary is the same, there is a big difference between an institutional firm and the relatively younger firms matching BigLaw, says J.B. Heaton, a University of Chicago business law fellow and former partner at Bartlit Beck.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Hood Reviews 'Lawyering From The Inside Out'

    Judge Denise Hood

    Law professor Nathalie Martin's new book, "Lawyering From the Inside Out: Learning Professional Development Through Mindfulness and Emotional Intelligence," can be of value to any lawyer aiming to achieve greater productivity, relieve the stress of the legal profession and focus on goals, says U.S. District Chief Judge Denise Page Hood of the Eastern District of Michigan.