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International Arbitration

  • June 7, 2016

    Sanctions Bid In $6M Mining Arbitral Row Is Ploy, Court Told

    Canadian investors Tuesday told a Kentucky federal judge to not sanction them for supposedly being unprepared for a deposition amid their efforts to collect a nearly $6 million arbitral award from a coal mine operator, saying its sanctions bid is just "gamesmanship."

  • June 7, 2016

    Australia's Labor Party Wants ISDS Nixed From Trade Deals

    Ahead of a July federal election, Australia's shadow minister for trade and investment and member of the country's Labor party said Tuesday that a Labor government would oppose investor-state dispute settlement provisions in trade agreements and work to remove them altogether from existing deals.

  • June 7, 2016

    Romania Arbitration Spat Awaits Mobil-Venezuela Appeal

    A New York federal judge on Tuesday paused a suit brought by two Swedish food investors to enforce a $250 million arbitration award against Romania while the Second Circuit weighs Exxon Mobil Corp.’s bid to enforce a $1.6 billion arbitration award against Venezuela, citing similar issues in both cases.

  • June 7, 2016

    German High Court Denies Skater's Challenge To Sports Court

    The German federal court on Tuesday dismissed speedskating great Claudia Pechstein's legal challenge on competition law grounds to a two-year doping ban upheld by the Court of Arbitration for Sport, rejecting her arguments that questioned the authority of the body to handle such disputes.

  • June 7, 2016

    WTO Stands By Ruling For Panama In Colombian Tariff Row

    The World Trade Organization's Appellate Body upheld a November finding for Panama in its challenge of a Colombian tariff on textiles, clothes and footwear, saying Tuesday that the tariff was not a required component of anti-money laundering efforts.

  • June 7, 2016

    Baker & McKenzie Nabs Ex-K&L Gates Int’l Arbitration Pro

    A former K&L Gates partner has joined Baker & McKenzie in its New York office, where he brings experience in international arbitration and litigation in the energy, life sciences and technology sectors, the firm announced Monday.

  • June 7, 2016

    ICSID Axes Panama Dam Row As Arbitral Gamesmanship

    A Texas company's claims that Panama blocked a hydroelectric dam purchase were recently tossed by an International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes arbitration tribunal, which said the U.S. firm was trying to “internationalize” a domestic dispute over the energy project.

  • June 6, 2016

    Enviros Join Canada In Quarry Project NAFTA Dispute

    A pair of environmental groups successfully joined late last month Canada’s effort to nix a $101 million arbitration award for a Delaware mining company, which has accused the Canadian government of violating North American Free Trade Agreement treaty obligations in rejecting a Nova Scotia quarry project.

  • June 6, 2016

    Singapore Maintains Popularity In ICC Cases: Report

    Singapore has developed a global reputation as one of the world’s most popular cities to arbitrate a dispute, and parties in Asia that are turning toward the International Court of Arbitration’s International Chamber of Commerce are no exception, the ICC said on Monday.

  • June 6, 2016

    Peru Publicizing False Info In Land Bond Row, Fund Says

    Gramercy Funds on Friday slammed "false information" publicized by the Peruvian government after the emerging markets investor said it was pursuing a $1.6 billion arbitration claim over old government bonds that the South American nation has allegedly improperly devalued.

  • June 6, 2016

    Russia Pushes For Quick Dismissal Of Yukos Enforcement Suit

    Russia urged a D.C. federal judge on Sunday to nix a suit by former shareholders of Yukos Oil Co. seeking to enforce $50 billion in arbitral awards, saying they can't be enforced after a Dutch court overturned the awards in April.

  • June 6, 2016

    Kazakhstan Blasts 'Shell Game' Surrounding $500M Award

    Kazakhstan urged a D.C. federal judge Friday to reconsider her rejection of evidence allegedly showing that a $500 million arbitral award Moldovan energy investors won from the country is tainted by fraud, saying the investors are playing a "shell game" to keep the evidence out of U.S. and Swedish courts.

  • June 6, 2016

    Hundreds Of Enviro Groups Mobilize To Defeat TPP

    More than 450 environmental advocacy organizations welcomed U.S. lawmakers back from a congressional recess on Monday with a call to oppose the Trans-Pacific Partnership, decrying the agreement for opening the door to regulatory challenges from corporate energy giants through arbitration.

  • June 6, 2016

    Ecuador Stuck With $96M Chevron Award, High Court Says

    The U.S. Supreme Court refused Monday to take up Ecuador's challenge to a $96 million arbitration award issued to Chevron Corp., leaving in place a D.C. Circuit ruling confirming the award under an agreement that left the question of whether Chevron's claim could be arbitrated to the arbitrators.

  • June 3, 2016

    Just ‘Get On With The Arbitration,’ Judge Tells Shipper

    A Maltese shipper that sued a Spanish cement trader to compel arbitration over a disputed purchase agreement was instead instructed to just “get on with the arbitration,” with an English judge saying arbitrators are supposed to decide on their own jurisdiction before the court can consider whether they're right.

  • June 3, 2016

    Canada Owes Millions For Canceled Wind Farm, Firm Says

    Windstream Energy LLC told the arbitrators overseeing its CA$475 million ($366 million) claim against Canada that the country improperly impaired its ability to profit from a contract for the Ontario Power Authority to purchase electricity from the company's proposed offshore wind farm, according to a transcript made public Thursday.

  • June 3, 2016

    Mexico's Tax Doings Spark NAFTA Row With Mining Biz

    The Mexican tax authority's improper actions against Primero Mining Corp. harms its investments in Mexico, the Canadian mining company alleged Thursday, saying it intends to haul the country's government into international arbitration under the North American Free Trade Agreement.

  • June 3, 2016

    India Threatened With Arbitration Over Real Estate Debacle

    Two United Arab Emirates companies have issued a second notice to India of their intent to arbitrate a dispute over two massive Mumbai real estate projects, saying the government improperly confiscated their assets and made their investment worthless, according to documents recently publicized.

  • June 3, 2016

    Singapore Ratifies Int'l Choice-Of-Court Agreement

    Singapore ratified an international convention Thursday that gives businesses a clear right to agree on which courts will hear their disputes, joining the European Union and Mexico in setting a standard that the country’s law ministry said will bolster its status as a dispute resolution hub.

  • June 3, 2016

    BVI Firm Seeks $26M Arbitration Award From Moldova

    A British Virgin Islands company asked a New York federal judge on Thursday to allow it to continue to pursue Moldova and a natural gas company there for an award now worth $26 million that Moscow arbitrators handed down in a gas delivery dispute in 1998.