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International Arbitration

  • October 22, 2018

    Acacia Mining Threatens Arbitration Over Tanzania Tax Row

    Gold miner Acacia Mining PLC will pursue talks with Tanzania's government over a tax dispute that has resulted in charges against local subsidiaries, but it may seek investment treaty arbitration if a settlement can't be brokered, the company said Friday.

  • October 19, 2018

    Europe Gets All-Clear To Settle Beef Hormone Fight With US

    The European Commission on Friday received permission from Europe's individual member states to negotiate with the U.S. in a bid to resolve a long-running trade dispute over shipments of U.S. beef treated with hormones.

  • October 19, 2018

    Ukraine Asks DC Circ. To Stifle Tatneft's $112M Award Pursuit

    Ukraine has continued pressing the D.C. Circuit to scrap an order enforcing a $112 million arbitral award against the country for seizing an oil refinery from Russian energy company PAO Tatneft, arguing the energy company is a state-controlled entity and therefore Ukraine is immune to its claims.

  • October 19, 2018

    HTC Says Ericsson Is Dragging Its Feet In SEP Royalties Row

    Cellphone maker HTC America Inc. urged a Texas federal court on Thursday to nudge Ericsson Inc. into turning over evidence related to its alleged overcharging for aging standard-essential patents, saying the Swedish telecom is dragging its feet while it awaits a ruling on whether certain antitrust claims can be arbitrated.

  • October 19, 2018

    Pakistan Can't Escape $846M Enforcement Suit, Court Hears

    A Turkish power generating company has urged a D.C. federal court to deny Pakistan's bid to toss the company’s suit to enforce an $846 million arbitral award issued over a rental power project, arguing that the country's allegations that the project was tainted by corruption are misplaced.

  • October 19, 2018

    Ex-Tennis Star's Tourney Ties Force Arbitration In WTA Suit

    A New York federal judge has said a former Romanian tennis star suing the Women's Tennis Association received enough personal benefit from the ownership of a Madrid tournament that he must adhere to his company's arbitration agreement with the tennis organization, even if he personally did not sign it.

  • October 19, 2018

    What M&A Attys Must Know About Mandatory CFIUS Filings

    A new pilot program will require inbound U.S. investments across nearly 30 industries to file with the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, a significant change from the previously optional process that could spur steep financial penalties for those who fail to comply. Here, Law360 outlines key aspects of the soon-to-be-instituted rule change.

  • October 19, 2018

    WTO Battle Over Trump's Metal Tariffs Set To Intensify

    A number of World Trade Organization cases spurred by the Trump administration’s national security-based duties on steel and aluminum will move toward a more contentious stage at an Oct. 29 meeting of the WTO’s dispute wing, according to a meeting agenda circulated Friday morning.

  • October 18, 2018

    Debevoise Adds Ashurst's Former Commercial Disputes Chief

    Debevoise & Plimpton LLP has hired Ashurst LLP's former head of commercial disputes in Hong Kong, a longtime pro in the banking and financial sectors who represents clients in litigation, international arbitration, and before Securities and Futures Commission investigations. 

  • October 18, 2018

    Gabon Targeted In Arbitration Over Nixed Utility Deal

    A subsidiary of French resource management company Veolia Group has initiated arbitration against the Gabonese Republic for terminating the subsidiary's concession to produce and distribute drinking water and electricity, after a conciliation attempt initiated earlier this year came up short.

  • October 18, 2018

    Spanish Co. Seeks OK Of $2B Egypt Natural Gas Plant Award

    A Spanish natural gas company has sought enforcement from a D.C. federal court of its approximately $2 billion award against Egypt, issued after an international tribunal concluded the country was responsible for cutting off the gas supply to liquefaction facilities the company operated.

  • October 18, 2018

    5th Circ. Passes Daewoo Iron Shipment Row To La. High Court

    A Fifth Circuit panel has asked the Louisiana Supreme Court to rule on whether a state law allowed Korean shipper Daewoo International Corp. to seize a contested iron shipment as it looked to compel America Metals Trading LLP into arbitration.

  • October 18, 2018

    Citibank IDs Garnished Accounts In Wine Co. Investor Row

    Citibank has told a Florida federal judge that a controlling shareholder in a Chilean wine company ordered to pay a $28.7 million arbitration award to a Delaware investor for breaching a stock repurchase agreement has about $96,600 in cash across several accounts subject to garnishment, plus shares in a handful of companies.

  • October 18, 2018

    Ropes & Gray Helps PE Firm Cordillera Wrap Up $362M Fund

    California-based private equity firm Cordillera Investment Partners said Thursday that, with assistance from Ropes & Gray LLP, it has closed its sophomore investment fund at $362 million, with plans to invest in areas that don’t fit into traditional asset classes, such as music royalties and boat marinas.

  • October 17, 2018

    Energy Co. Says $50M Moldova Award Row Should Proceed

    A Ukrainian energy company urged a D.C. federal court on Wednesday to reopen its lawsuit seeking to confirm an approximately $50 million arbitral award against the Republic of Moldova, arguing that a renewed set-aside proceeding in France does not mean the suit has to remain on hold.

  • October 17, 2018

    A High Court Milestone Stirs Hope Of Gender Parity

    After an emotionally fraught confirmation process with sexual misconduct allegations front and center, a new justice joins the Supreme Court bench and brings four female clerks with him. The hires bring gender parity to the court's clerkship ranks for the first time, but will the shift be long-lasting?

  • October 17, 2018

    $1M Condo Insurance Row Must Be Arbitrated, Court Hears

    Lloyd's of London underwriters and the International Insurance Co. of Hannover SE have told a Texas federal court that the owner of a condominium complex must arbitrate its $1 million dispute over a denied insurance claim following a serious storm that hit the Houston area in the spring of 2017.

  • October 17, 2018

    Brazilian Who Owes $500K Arbitral Award Can Be Sued In Fla.

    A Florida federal judge has shut down a bid by a Brazilian man to nix a lawsuit filed by a Rio de Janeiro investment firm looking to enforce a more than $500,000 arbitration award, finding his many contacts in Florida give the court jurisdiction over him.

  • October 17, 2018

    Ohio Analytics Co. Says Chinese JV Must Arbitrate $5M Claim

    An Ohio analytics firm told a New York federal judge on Tuesday that a Chinese company’s bid to pause a $5 million arbitration claim over a contractual dispute was “legally untenable” and challenged the foreign company’s attempt to cite Chinese law to escape the claim.

  • October 17, 2018

    Spain Says EU Court Order Dooms Energy Co.'s €53M Award

    Spain urged a D.C. federal court to scrap a renewable energy investor's bid to enforce a €53.3 million ($61.3 million) award issued against the country after it overhauled its solar energy policies, saying the award was suspended after Europe's top court ruled certain arbitration clauses are incompatible with European Union law.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • 'High Availability' — A Key Term In Law Firm IT Strategy

    Jeff Norris

    While most law firm executives and partners may instinctively want to tune out terms like "high availability" and "disaster recovery" — concepts that IT managers usually worry about — there are five reasons you should lean in and wrestle with the vocabulary, say Jeff Norris of Managed Technology Services LLC and Greg Inge of information security consulting firm CQR.

  • The 'Post-Fact' Jury In The 'Fake News' Era

    Ross Laguzza

    The "fake news" phenomenon is ever more prominent in the political arena — but not in the jury box. At a trial, jurors don’t have to rely on the media or any other source to tell them the facts and issues, since they have a front-row seat to the action, says Ross Laguzza, a consultant at R&D Strategic Solutions LLC.