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International Arbitration

  • July 27, 2018

    Ex-FIFA Exec's $100K Fine, 10-Year Ban Upheld

    The $100,000 fine and 10-year suspension that FIFA’s former secretary general Jerome Valcke received for his role in a black-market ticket reselling scheme have been upheld by the Court of Arbitration for Sport, which said Friday that Valcke’s offenses “were cumulatively of a serious degree of gravity.”

  • July 27, 2018

    Croatia Avoids Most Of €208M Claim By Meat Processor

    Croatia claimed Friday that it has secured a near-total victory in an arbitration over the alleged expropriation of agricultural land belonging to a meat processor, saying that while the tribunal found the country had violated international law, it awarded the investor only a fraction of the nearly €208 million ($242.8 million) he had sought.

  • July 27, 2018

    Ore. Utility Settles Power Plant Construction Row For $130M

    Portland General Electric Co. said Friday that it's reached a $130 million settlement with two sureties to resolve a dispute stemming from a $640 million power plant construction project, ending related arbitration that had been initiated by the Spanish multinational Abengoa SA.

  • July 27, 2018

    Czechs Say Dutch Ruling Backs $374M Award's Dismissal

    The Czech Republic has asked the D.C. Circuit to take notice of a Dutch court ruling involving the same medical technology company currently appealing a district court order denying the company's bid to enforce an approximately $374 million arbitral award in a long-running dispute with the country.

  • July 26, 2018

    Mining Co., Ecuador Settle Suit Over $25M Arbitral Award

    A Canadian mining company has settled its action seeking to confirm a $25.1 million arbitral award stemming from Ecuador’s alleged seizure of two of its mines, according to a Wednesday order in D.C. federal court granting their joint request to pause the suit while completing the terms of the deal.

  • July 26, 2018

    Sport Court Upholds Doping Bans For 3 Russian Athletes

    The Court of Arbitration for Sport on Thursday stripped two Russian track and field athletes of Olympic medals awarded in 2008 and confirmed the disqualification of a Russian indoor cyclist from the 2012 games, saying the competitors did not present sufficient evidence to overturn doping bans levied by the International Olympic Committee.

  • July 26, 2018

    Canada Can't Escape Exxon Mobil's $15M Oil Fields Claim

    Canada must face a more than $15 million arbitration claim relating to an Exxon Mobil Corp. subsidiary's investments in two offshore oil fields, after an international tribunal rejected arguments that the dispute had already been decided in a previous arbitration, according to a decision made public Wednesday.

  • July 26, 2018

    Transmar's Trustee Won't Pursue Revived $2.6M Award

    Bankrupt New Jersey trading firm Transmar Commodity Group Ltd.’s trustee does not intend to collect a $2.6 million arbitral award against Peruvian cocoa and coffee growing concern Cooperativa Agraria Industrial Naranjillo Ltda., saying he wants to close the action, a New York federal judge has been told.

  • July 26, 2018

    Daewoo Urges 5th Circ. To Rehear Iron Shipment Seizure Row

    POSCO Daewoo Corp. urged the entire Fifth Circuit on Wednesday to reconsider whether it can seize an iron shipment as security before arbitrating a contract dispute with an English shipper, saying an earlier panel ruling answering that question in the negative “undermines arbitration throughout the U.S.”

  • July 25, 2018

    Kavanaugh's Views On Arbitration Could Soon Be Tested

    D.C. Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh's decisions give little insight into his views on international arbitration, but experts say that if he is confirmed to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy on the U.S. Supreme Court, he will likely adopt views similar to his predecessor's in an upcoming high court case with implications for the practice area.

  • July 25, 2018

    Tennis Org., Doping Firm Serve Player's Suit To Fed. Court

    The International Tennis Federation and a doping control firm removed a lawsuit by a professional tennis player over alleged harm from tests for performance-enhancing drugs back to Florida federal court, saying Wednesday the case belongs there because the only defendant with ties to the state is resolving claims through arbitration.

  • July 25, 2018

    Reed Smith Adds 3 Partners In Middle East Offices

    Reed Smith LLP said Tuesday that it has nabbed two attorneys from Pinsent Masons LLP and the founder of Lahiri LLC, bolstering its offerings in the Middle East with their experience in navigating construction and infrastructure projects, international arbitration, and oil and gas concerns.

  • July 25, 2018

    From Billable Hours To Bedtime Stories: Lawyering With Children

    Attorneys are clocking more billable hours than ever before, and when children enter the picture, the demands on their time and finances can drive stress levels to new heights.

  • July 25, 2018

    Ex-King & Spalding Atty Rebukes Counsel's Reasons For Exit

    A former King & Spalding associate, who has accused the firm of firing him for reporting ethical violations, responded to his counsel’s attempt to withdraw from the case by saying that their disagreement did not stem from unpaid legal bills, as his attorney claimed, and accusing the attorney of seeing him as "a walking dollar sign."

  • July 25, 2018

    Ex-PrivatBank Owners Push To Force $2.6B Suit Out Of UK

    Two former owners of PrivatBank attempted to halt the Ukrainian lender’s $2.6 billion lawsuit against them at a London court hearing Wednesday, alleging the bank had “artificially constructed” a case against U.K.-based companies they are said to control to allow it to bring the claim in the English courts.

  • July 24, 2018

    AngloGold Settles Mining Arbitration Dispute With Ghana

    South African mining company AngloGold Ashanti Ltd. has resolved its International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes arbitration against Ghana over claims that illegal miners infiltrated the Obuasi gold mine after the country withdrew military protection, an attorney for the company confirmed Tuesday.

  • July 24, 2018

    Curtis Adds Gibson Dunn Litigation, Arbitration Pro

    Curtis Mallet-Prevost Colt & Mosle LLP has nabbed a former Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP solicitor-advocate to lead its London litigation practice and bolster its global disputes team with his extensive experience handling complex litigation and international arbitration matters.

  • July 24, 2018

    How Mammoth Student Loans Are Dogging Today's Lawyers

    Six-figure student debt is fast becoming the norm for newly minted attorneys, a reality that's taking a toll on everything from job hunting to psychological well-being.

  • July 24, 2018

    Qatar Wins Round In Int'l Court Challenge Over UAE Blockade

    The International Court of Justice on Monday ordered the United Arab Emirates not to escalate a dispute with Qatar, ruling by majority that the UAE must help Qataris who were adversely affected by an allegedly discriminatory and harmful blockade the country imposed more than a year ago.

  • July 24, 2018

    WTO Set To Decide US-India Farm Subsidy Squabble

    World Trade Organization Director-General Roberto Azevedo has appointed three panelists who will adjudicate a U.S. case targeting Indian export subsidies, according to a WTO document published Tuesday.

Expert Analysis

  • How We Got Here: A Look Back At Trailblazing Women In Law

    Jill Norgren

    Today's female lawyers stand on the shoulders of several generations of pioneers. Here, historian Jill Norgren explains how the status of women in the legal profession has changed since the 1870s.

  • 4 Tips For Drafting A Strong Arbitration Agreement

    Zela Claiborne

    When counsel finish negotiating and memorializing a business deal, there may be little attention paid to crafting a dispute resolution provision for disputes that may never arise. However, it's important to take the time to craft a straightforward clause that will serve the parties well even when a complex dispute arises years later, says Zela Claiborne of JAMS.

  • Arbitration Jujitsu: 'Sealed Settlement Offers' Add Leverage

    Gilbert A. Samberg

    When negotiating a settlement before incurring the costs of arbitration, counsel may leverage the weight of anticipated arbitration costs by means of a "sealed settlement offer" — thereby putting additional pressure on a counterparty to be realistic in calculating the settlement value, says Mintz Levin member Gilbert Samberg.

  • Introducing The Legal Industry To Millennial Business Owners

    Yaima Seigley

    ​The current business climate has produced vast opportunities for seasoned lawyers to create valuable connections with millennial business owners, but first lawyers must cleanse their palate of misconceptions regarding millennials, says Yaima Seigley of Isaac Wiles Burkholder & Teetor LLC.

  • Energy Firms Face NAFTA Investor-State Dispute Revamp

    Rachael Kent

    The North American Free Trade Agreement's Investor-State Dispute Settlement provision has helped the U.S. domestic energy industry protect its cross-border investments. But the Trump administration has indicated a desire to eliminate the ISDS provision. Energy firms must stay aware of the dynamics of NAFTA renegotiation — and consider how a post-ISDS world would affect their business, say attorneys with WilmerHale.

  • A Proposed Approach For High Court In Vitamin C Case

    Michael Kimberly

    It is safe to expect a narrow ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court in Animal Science v. Hebei, instructing lower courts not to give conclusive deference to foreign sovereigns’ legal submissions. But it would be more sensible to instruct U.S. courts to assess whether these submissions are entitled to any deference in their country of origin and, if so, to give them that deference, say Michael Kimberly and Matthew Waring of Mayer Brown LLP.

  • Opinion

    Why Won't Judicial Nominees Affirm Brown V. Board Of Ed?

    Franita Tolson

    On May 17, 1954, the U.S. Supreme Court decided Brown v. Board of Education, recognizing a moral and legal truth that should be beyond question in American society. The refusal by some of President Donald Trump's judicial nominees to say whether they believe the case was decided correctly is indicative of the narrow-minded elitism they would bring to the bench, says professor Franita Tolson of the University of Southern California's Gould School of Law.

  • The Lawyers' Guide To Cloud Computing

    Daniel Garrie

    In deciding whether cloud computing is right for the organization or firm, an attorney must consider cloud computing’s significant impact on the electronic discovery process, say Daniel Garrie, managing partner at Law & Forensics LLC, and David Cass, chief information security officer at IBM Cloud.

  • Opinion

    Recovering Lawyers' Lost Position Of Independence

    Samuel Samaro

    In these politically divisive times, many ask whether our institutions and traditions can help us return to a greater consensus. In days long past, the legal profession could have been counted on to serve just such a function. But lawyers are now just as polarized as everyone else, says Samuel Samaro of Pashman Stein Walder Hayden PC.

  • 8 Reasons To Take A Fresh Look At Your Law Office Lease

    Tiffany Winne

    After moving into a new law office, tenants often file their signed leases away, figuring that the terms are set for a few years at least. However, leases can be very flexible instruments, and should be reviewed annually even if nothing seems amiss, says Tiffany Winne of Savills Studley Inc.