International Arbitration

  • January 29, 2018

    6th Round Of NAFTA Talks Wrap With Progress On Corruption

    The sixth round of NAFTA negotiations concluded on Monday with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer expressing subtle optimism that a chapter on corruption had closed and that other core issues were broached, although general dismay at slow progress and a pair of “unacceptable” Canadian proposals dominated his press conference.

  • January 29, 2018

    Banks Push To Arbitrate Or Move ‘Last Look’ Trading Claims

    A trio of European banks urged a Manhattan federal judge Friday to force a potential class of foreign exchange traders to arbitrate or relocate their claims over the banks’ alleged policy of delaying trades to increase their profits, a practice known as “last look.”

  • January 26, 2018

    Judge OKs Cobalt's $500M Pact With Sonangol For Oil Blocks

    A Texas bankruptcy judge greenlit a deal under which Angolan state-owned oil company Sonangol EP will pay $500 million to take over Cobalt International Energy Inc.’s interests in a pair of offshore drilling blocks, resolving arbitration in which Cobalt was seeking more than $2 billion.

  • January 26, 2018

    Sport Court Accepts US Sprinter Was Kissing, Not Doping

    Sometimes it's good to kiss and tell. Such was the case for an American sprinter and U.S. Olympian who was cleared of any wrongdoing by sports’ top court Thursday after he tested positive for a banned substance, in a defense that focused on his kissing his girlfriend. 

  • January 26, 2018

    CAS To Have Legal, Doping Panels At Pyeongchang Olympics

    The Court of Arbitration for Sport said Friday that it will open two temporary offices in Pyeongchang, South Korea, to quickly deal with any legal disputes or doping issues arising during the 2018 Winter Olympic Games opening next month.

  • January 26, 2018

    NY $1.6M Diamond Spat Restarted After Israel OKs Award

    A New York federal judge on Friday lifted a pause on an Israeli diamond buyer’s suit seeking to confirm a $1.6 million arbitration award against a Bronx-based business associate, days after she was informed that an Israeli court had confirmed the award.

  • January 26, 2018

    Australia's WTO Wine Battle Against Canada Draws EU's Eyes

    The Australian government’s rare foray into the World Trade Organization dispute system to challenge Canadian rules on the retail sale of foreign wines has drawn the attention of the European Union, which asked to join the dispute as an observer, according to a WTO document published Friday.

  • January 26, 2018

    Trump Offers Murky Endorsement Of TPP Revival

    President Donald Trump on Friday appeared to open the door to revisiting the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a sprawling trade pact that he abandoned in the early days of his presidency after bashing it for nearly two years on the campaign trail.

  • January 25, 2018

    Albania Beats Italian Power Co.'s €137M Arbitral Claim

    Albania has prevailed in a €137.2 million ($170.3 million) arbitration initiated by an Italian power company after a deal to construct a hydroelectric plant fell through, according to a Thursday statement from Albania's ministry of infrastructure and energy.

  • January 25, 2018

    Part Of $32M Nigeria Offshore Drilling Row Sent To Arbitration

    A federal judge in Texas on Wednesday referred to arbitration counterclaims Ranger Offshore Inc. brought against a Nigerian maritime company and a marine support services company in a $32 million dispute over payment guarantees for oil and gas exploration and production activities off the coast of Nigeria.

  • January 25, 2018

    FloaTEC Asks Judge To Reject Appeal Bid Over Chevron Rig

    Engineering firm FloaTEC LLC, which was involved in the design of a Chevron oil rig that broke, asked a Texas federal judge Thursday not to allow an immediate appeal by Lloyd's underwriters and other insurers who lost claims against FloaTEC, saying such an appeal would essentially be a waste of everyone’s time because another similar appeal is likely to exist in the foreseeable future.

  • January 25, 2018

    YPF Can't Pause Arbitration During Fight Over $9.9M Award

    A Texas federal judge on Thursday denied a bid by Argentine energy giant YPF SA to halt or pause arbitration initiated by a Texas oil and gas company as the Texas company’s challenge to a parallel arbitral award favoring YPF remains pending, saying the circumstances didn’t warrant such extreme measures.

  • January 25, 2018

    International Arbitration Group Of The Year: Sidley Austin

    With its representation of clients like Russian aluminum company United Co. Rusal, TransCanada and others in arbitrations where hundreds of millions of dollars are at stake, Sidley Austin LLP is a leader in the international arbitration field, landing the firm a spot among Law360's Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 25, 2018

    Blank Rome Snags Litigation Partner From Pepper Hamilton

    Blank Rome LLP announced Wednesday that it's hired a Pepper Hamilton LLP litigation partner to handle intellectual property, product liability, securities and business disputes from its Philadelphia office.

  • January 25, 2018

    S. Korea Fights New US Solar, Washer Tariffs At WTO

    South Korea has launched a swift effort to fight newly minted U.S. safeguard tariffs on solar energy equipment and washing machines, lodging challenges and requests for compensation that the World Trade Organization published on Thursday.

  • January 25, 2018

    Unions Slap Mexico With NAFTA Labor Complaint

    As the sixth round of negotiations for the North American Free Trade Agreement forged ahead in Montreal on Thursday, a pair of powerful union groups hit the Mexican government with a new complaint aiming to head off the implementation of new laws that they claim will flout workers’ rights.

  • January 24, 2018

    Moldovan Cos. Gain Traction In $506M Kazakhstan Award Row

    A Swedish court on Wednesday affirmed a freezing order against $100 million in Kazakh assets as two Moldovan oil and gas investors look to enforce a $506 million arbitral award against the country, a day after a Dutch court lifted a freezing order on $22 billion in Kazakh sovereign fund assets.

  • January 24, 2018

    No Signs Of WTO Appellate Body Impasse Abating At Davos

    World Trade Organization Director-General Roberto Azevedo and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross discussed the Trump administration’s continual blocking of new panelists to the WTO’s Appellate Body Wednesday, but emerged with no clear path to ending the deadlock.

  • January 24, 2018

    $8.5M Award Enforcement Violates Public Policy, DC Circ. Told

    A U.S. engineering firm on Tuesday urged the D.C. Circuit to reverse an order enforcing an $8.5 million arbitration award against it issued to an Afghan builder over a project to construct a power station in Kabul, arguing the decision violates public policy interests. 

  • January 24, 2018

    Heckler & Koch Must Produce Docs In Orbital ATK Dispute

    Heckler & Koch must cough up documents to Orbital ATK as part of a subcontracting dispute involving a rescinded U.S. Army weapons contract, a Minnesota federal magistrate judge ruled on Tuesday, after Orbital accused the German gun maker of deliberately dragging its feet.

Expert Analysis

  • Don't Waste This Planning Cycle: Year-End Strategies

    Hugh A. Simons

    Law firms are businesses where partners operate with significant autonomy. To see their priorities translate into individual partner action, firm leaders should use a few collaborative strategies, suggests Hugh A. Simons, former senior partner of The Boston Consulting Group and former COO of Ropes & Gray LLP.

  • Creditors’ Options In Venezuela’s Disorderly Default

    Javier Rubinstein

    By analyzing the case law from Argentina’s default in 2001 and the terms of the Venezuelan bonds, it is possible to predict how a disorderly default might play out in Venezuela's debt crisis. Attorneys with Kirkland & Ellis LLP examine key elements from Argentina’s default in order to predict whether history is likely to repeat itself.

  • From Snaps To Tweets: The Craft Of Social Media Discovery

    Matthew Hamilton

    Courts have consistently held that social media accounts are subject to established discovery principles but are reluctant to allow parties to rummage through private social media accounts. Recent case law confirms that narrowly tailored information requests get the best results, say Matthew Hamilton, Donna Fisher and Jessica Bae of Pepper Hamilton LLP.

  • Feature

    An Interview With Former DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson

    Randy Maniloff

    Jeh Johnson, the former secretary of homeland security, was kind enough to let me visit him to reflect on his diverse career. He told stories that left me speechless. And yes, the man who was responsible for the Transportation Security Administration removed his shoes when going through airport security. You bet I asked, says Randy Maniloff of White and Williams LLP.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Gilstrap Reviews 'Alexander Hamilton'

    Judge Rodney Gilstrap

    While Alexander Hamilton is the subject of a hit Broadway musical and renewed biographical examinations, professor Kate Brown takes us down a road less traveled in her book "Alexander Hamilton and the Development of American Law" — showing Hamilton as first, last and foremost an American lawyer, says U.S. District Judge Rodney Gilstrap of the Eastern District of Texas.

  • The Case For Creating A Mediation Department At Your Firm

    Dennis Klein

    There are at least four reasons supporting the need for some form of a mediation group within a law firm, especially in firms with larger practices, according to Dennis Klein, owner of Critical Matter Mediation and former litigation partner at Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP.

  • Being There: Defending Depositions

    Alan Hoffman

    Defending depositions is challenging. The lawyer is the only shield and protector for the witness and the client. The rules of engagement are less than clear, and fraught with ethical perils. Difficult judgment calls often must be made in the heat of battle. This is where lawyers really earn their keep, says Alan Hoffman of Husch Blackwell LLP.

  • Opinion

    The Legal Fallout For Harvey Weinstein’s Hired Hands

    Nicole Kardell

    There is a difference between a lawyer or investigator seeking evidence to defend against allegations and correct misrepresentations, and, on the other hand, using duplicitous means to gather information and intimidate alleged victims and journalists. Client advocacy does not mean winning at all costs, says Nicole Kardell of Ifrah Law PLLC.

  • Jury Persuasion In An 'Alt-Fact' World

    Shelley Spiecker

    Today's climate of “alternative facts” has jurors making decisions based on beliefs, emotions and social affiliations that often go unacknowledged or underappreciated. To present their case in the most persuasive manner possible, litigators should consider adapting to their audience when it comes to four psychological factors, say consultants with Persuasion Strategies, a service of Holland & Hart LLP.

  • Applying The Investors' Playbook To Legal Career Planning

    Howard Cohl

    Nothing has been more instrumental in my role as a legal recruiter than what I learned from a variety of hedge fund managers, venture capitalists and investment bankers — how to analyze a deal and make a decision quickly. It boils down to the traditional SWOT analysis, says Howard Cohl, director in Major Lindsey & Africa’s emerging markets group.