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International Arbitration

  • October 9, 2018

    PE Firm Says Arbitrator Conflict Tainted Fight Over $70M Deal

    An affiliate of a Delaware-based private equity fund urged a Florida federal court Monday to vacate a $2.25 million arbitration award related to its $70 million sale of a leading Jamaican fuel distributor, based on its argument that one of the arbitrators concealed connections to the buyer's counsel.

  • October 9, 2018

    Mexico Looks To Nix Telco Owners' $500M NAFTA Claim

    Mexico has urged an international tribunal to toss a $500 million North American Free Trade Agreement arbitration claim from a telecommunications company's investors who say the country destroyed their business in favor of Mexico's dominant telecom, arguing the claims are based on a "wholly illogical and improbable idea."

  • October 9, 2018

    Sport Court Lifts Russian Bobsledder's Doping Ban

    The Court of Arbitration for Sport has lifted a ban imposed on one of two Russian athletes who tested positive for illegal substances at the Pyeongchang Olympic Winter Games in South Korea in February, saying it was undisputed that a contaminated substance caused the bobsledder to test positive for a prohibited heart medication.

  • October 5, 2018

    White & Case Adds Int'l Arbitration Partner In London

    White & Case LLP has grown its international arbitration practice with a former Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP partner who specializes in dispute resolution and arbitrations related to large-scale construction and infrastructure projects.

  • October 5, 2018

    Revived $100M Award Boosts NY's Pro-Arbitration Reputation

    When a New York appeals court recently revived a $100 million arbitral award that had been set aside because of a tribunal's "manifest disregard" of the law, many in the New York arbitration community breathed a sigh of relief, saying the decision underscored that courts in the Empire State won't second-guess arbitral tribunals.

  • October 5, 2018

    Tatneft Says $112M Ukraine Award Was Correctly Enforced

    Russian energy company PAO Tatneft has asked the D.C. Circuit to affirm the enforcement of a $112 million arbitral award it won following a “black raider” action that caused the 2007 seizure of a Ukrainian oil refinery, arguing that the lower court rightly rejected Ukraine's sovereign immunity defenses.

  • October 5, 2018

    Ericsson Insists HTC Must Prove SEP Royalties Breach

    Cellphone maker HTC America Inc., which is suing Swedish telecom Ericsson Inc. in Texas federal court for allegedly overcharging for aging standard-essential patents, bears the burden of proof for its breach-of-contract claim, Ericsson has said in a brief.

  • October 5, 2018

    WTO Clears Colombia In Apparel Clash With Panama

    A World Trade Organization panel found Friday that the Colombian government has removed or mitigated its import hurdles on apparel, textiles and footwear, turning aside protestations from Panama that its goods were still being discriminated against.

  • October 4, 2018

    Qatar Seeks WTO Talks With Saudi Arabia Over IP Piracy Row

    Qatar has requested World Trade Organization dispute consultations with Saudi Arabia over intellectual property rights owned by the country's nationals, saying Saudi Arabia's imposition of punitive political measures against Qatar has resulted in widespread broadcasting piracy of sports and entertainment network beIN Media Group LLC.

  • October 4, 2018

    Ghana Says $14M Award Row Doesn't Belong In DC

    The Republic of Ghana on Wednesday pushed back against efforts by a British energy firm to enforce a nearly $13.7 million arbitral award it won following a dispute over a soured power purchase agreement, telling the D.C. Circuit that the lower court wrongly refused to send the dispute to Ghana.

  • October 4, 2018

    Indian Oil Co. Gets OK Of $3.8M Award Against Yemen

    A D.C. federal court judge has confirmed a $3.8 million arbitration award issued against Yemen in a dispute with an oil company owned by the Indian state of Gujarat, entering a default judgment against the Middle East nation that is in the midst of a civil war.

  • October 4, 2018

    Petrobras Can't Prove Bias To Nix $622M Award, Vantage Says

    Vantage Deepwater Co. defended a $622 million arbitral award over a drilling contract against Brazilian oil company Petrobras, telling a Texas federal court Petrobas’ claims that the driller's appointed arbitrator was biased don’t meet the high standard to warrant vacating the award.

  • October 4, 2018

    AFL-CIO Won't Endorse New NAFTA Without More Details

    After pillorying the North American Free Trade Agreement for more than two decades, the AFL-CIO on Thursday said it is not yet ready to endorse the Trump administration's new accord with Canada and Mexico until it learns more about how the deal will be implemented and enforced.

  • October 3, 2018

    US Scraps Decades-Old Iran Treaty After ICJ Sanctions Order

    Hours after the International Court of Justice ordered the U.S. on Wednesday to lift sanctions affecting the trade of humanitarian items and civil aviation-related goods to Iran, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that the U.S. would be terminating an underlying decades-old treaty with the Middle Eastern nation.

  • October 3, 2018

    EHealthline Appeals OK Of $3.5M Award To 9th Circ.

    EHealthline.com asked the Ninth Circuit on Wednesday to reverse an order confirming a $3.49 million arbitral award issued to its former joint-venture partners over a failed project to build a pharmaceutical manufacturing facility in Saudi Arabia.

  • October 3, 2018

    Curtis Announces New Middle East Management Team

    Curtis Mallet-Prevost Colt & Mosle LLP has a new Middle East management team of two seasoned managing partners in Oman and Dubai who have extensive experience working with clients on corporate and arbitration proceedings in the region, the firm said. 

  • October 3, 2018

    Gazprom Looks To Nix Award Over Pact With Poland's PGNiG

    Gazprom has challenged a Swedish arbitral tribunal's decision that Polish natural gas company PGNiG can look to renegotiate the price of its long-term gas supply contract with the Russian natural gas giant, PGNiG said.

  • October 3, 2018

    US, China Still Sizing Each Other Up In WTO Tariff Dispute

    The United States and China are still in the preliminary phases of Beijing's World Trade Organization case against the Trump administration's tariffs, according to a WTO document published Wednesday that saw Washington eager to question Beijing's retaliatory duties.

  • October 2, 2018

    Rakoff Sends WTA Suit Against Ex-Tennis Star To Arbitration

    Romanian billionaire and former tennis star Ion Tiriac must pause a defamation lawsuit against the Women’s Tennis Association and its CEO in Cyprus and submit to arbitration in New York, an Empire State federal court ruled on Tuesday.

  • October 2, 2018

    Mexican Cement Co. Says Colo. Court Can't OK $36M Award

    A Mexican cement company has told a Colorado federal court that it lacks the jurisdiction to confirm a $36.1 million arbitral award against the company, arguing that the Bolivian investment firm seeking confirmation has not shown the case has any connection to the U.S. and that it therefore should be heard in Mexico.

Expert Analysis

  • Tech, Media, Telecom Investor-State Arbitration Is On The Rise

    Florencia Villaggi

    Disputes between foreign investors from the technology, media and telecommunications sector and host states are a substantial feature of the investor-state claims landscape. The recent growth of investor-state arbitrations in this sector could be explained by several factors, says Florencia Villaggi of Herbert Smith Freehills LLP.

  • Can Trump Replace NAFTA With A US-Mexico Trade Deal?

    Scott Flicker

    Trade promotion authority gives President Donald Trump the power to negotiate a bilateral trade agreement with Mexico to supplant the North American Free Trade Agreement. But if Congress determines that Trump failed to comply with procedural requirements, he could lose the ability to consummate a deal at all, say attorneys with Paul Hastings LLP.

  • 5 More GC Tips For Succeeding As A New Associate

    Jason Idilbi

    Jason Idilbi, former BigLaw associate and general counsel of the tech startup Passport Labs Inc., returns to Law360 to share recent thoughts on best practices for newer associates — whether they are serving external clients or senior attorneys within their firms.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Block Reviews 'Tough Cases'

    Judge Frederic Block

    In a new, extraordinary book, "Tough Cases: Judges Tell the Stories of Some of the Hardest Decisions They’ve Ever Made," 13 of my judicial brethren have courageously and dramatically humanized the judicial process, says U.S. District Judge Frederic Block of the Eastern District of New York.

  • 8 Innovative Ways To Empower Jurors

    Christopher Campbell

    Much time and attention have been focused on improving lawyers' abilities to communicate with and persuade juries in complex trials. But it is equally important to equip and prepare jurors to become better students in the courtroom, say attorneys with DLA Piper and Litstrat Inc.

  • Cloud Computing Clearly The Future For Small Firms

    Holly Urban

    While in-house technology investments on the scale and complexity needed to compete with large firms remain cost prohibitive for small and midsize law firms, cloud-based services offer significant cost savings and productivity gains with little to no capital investment, says Holly Urban of Effortless Legal LLC.

  • Leveraging Today's Lateral Associate Market

    Darin Morgan

    With the Milbank/Cravath pay scale once again equalizing compensation at many Am Law 100 firms, there is even more pressure for firms to differentiate themselves to top lateral associate candidates. This presents strategic considerations for both law firms and lateral candidates throughout the recruitment process, says Darin Morgan of Major Lindsey & Africa.

  • 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.