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International Arbitration

  • 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.

  • October 2, 2018

    Gambia Ratifies UN Treaty On Arbitration Transparency

    Gambia is the latest nation to have signed on to a United Nations convention that aims to increase transparency in investor-state arbitration proceedings, the UN said Tuesday.

  • October 2, 2018

    Court Can Decide Dental Suit Arbitration Bid, Justices Told

    The U.S. Supreme Court should affirm that a court has the authority to determine whether an antitrust suit involving two dental equipment companies must be arbitrated or litigated, even if the underlying contract incorporated rules delegating such questions to an arbitrator, a Columbia law school professor has argued in an amicus brief.

  • October 2, 2018

    Qatari Broadcaster Lobs $1B Pirating Claim At Saudi Arabia

    Qatari sports and entertainment network beIN Media Group said it has initiated a $1 billion international arbitration claim against Saudi Arabia, saying the country did nothing to stop "the most widespread piracy of sports broadcasting the world has ever seen.”

Expert Analysis

  • In Calif., Questions Remain On Law Firm Conflict Waivers

    Richard Rosensweig

    In Sheppard Mullin v. J-M Manufacturing Co., the California Supreme Court ruled last month that a law firm's failure to disclose a known conflict with another current client did not categorically disentitle the firm from recovering fees. But the court didn’t provide hoped-for guidance on how to write an enforceable advance conflict waiver, says Richard Rosensweig of Goulston & Storrs PC.

  • Q&A

    A Chat With Faegre Client Development Chief Melanie Green

    Melanie Green

    In this monthly series, Amanda Brady of Major Lindsey & Africa interviews management from top law firms about the increasingly competitive business environment. Here we feature Melanie Green, chief client development officer at Faegre Baker Daniels LLP.

  • Q&A

    Back To School: Widener's Rod Smolla Talks Free Speech

    Rodney Smolla

    In this new series featuring law school luminaries, Widener University Delaware Law School dean Rodney Smolla discusses teaching philosophies, his interest in First Amendment law, and arguing before the U.S. Supreme Court in Virginia v. Black.

  • New Pass-Through Deduction Will Pass Over Many Lawyers

    Evan Morgan

    A few weeks ago, the IRS proposed regulations related to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act's 20 percent deduction on qualified business income for pass-through entities. The guidance offers long-awaited clarity, but is mostly bad news for many law firms, says Evan Morgan of Kaufman Rossin PA.

  • How Reckless Judicial Impeachments Threaten Rule Of Law

    Jan van Zyl Smit

    Judicial impeachment fever seems to be spreading through the states, with West Virginia legislators recently voting to remove their state's entire Supreme Court, and lawmakers in Pennsylvania and North Carolina threatening the same. These actions are a serious threat to judicial independence, says Jan van Zyl Smit of the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Fogel Reviews 'Good Judgment'

    Judge Jeremy Fogel

    In this time of partisan conflict over judicial selection, a new book by Canadian jurist Robert J. Sharpe —​ "Good Judgment" — represents a refreshing, deeply thoughtful departure from binary arguments about how and why judges make decisions, says U.S. District Judge Jeremy Fogel, director of the Federal Judicial Center.

  • 8 Ways ICSID Proposal Would Change Arbitration

    Sarah Reynolds

    The International Center for Settlement of Investment Disputes recently proposed extensive rule revisions. These updates come at a troubling time for investor-state arbitration, which faces increasing backlash from nongovernmental organizations and criticism from populist politicians, say attorneys with Mayer Brown LLP.

  • 10 Ways To Prevent E-Discovery Woes

    Debbie Reynolds

    E-discovery is not easy, but employing these 10 strategies may help minimize future headaches, say Debbie Reynolds and Daryl Gardner of EimerStahl Discovery Solutions LLC.

  • 4 Key Components To New Firm Partnership Agreements

    Russell Shinsky

    A well-drafted partnership agreement protects a law firm's founders, establishes a process for new and outgoing partners, and sets forth guidelines for navigating conflict along the way. Startup firms can begin with something less complex, but there are important elements that every agreement should include, says Russell Shinsky of Anchin Block & Anchin LLP.

  • Opinion

    Open The Federal Courthouses

    David Oscar Markus

    Forget about cameras, reporters in the Manafort trial were not even permitted in the courtroom with their phones, tablets or computers. That meant no live reporting on Twitter and no emails to the newsrooms with updates. In a world focused on information and news as it happens, this is unacceptable, says trial attorney David Oscar Markus.