International Arbitration

  • January 18, 2018

    Mexico Looks To Woo Investors Even As Trade Talks Drag On

    Mexico's decision last week to allow disputes to be brought against it at the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes sends a "loud message" that the country is open for business, attorneys say, regardless of what happens in trade talks with its North American neighbors.

  • January 18, 2018

    Investor In Wine Distributor Wants $28M Award OK'd

    An investor in a Chilean wine distributor urged a Florida federal court Wednesday to confirm a $28 million arbitration award against a controlling shareholder who the investor says has been dodging service in multiple countries in an attempt to avoid paying the award.

  • January 18, 2018

    Cardno Says Bid To Vacate $15M Award Is Time-Barred

    Cardno Ltd. has renewed its push to enforce a $15 million arbitration award it won against an Ecuadorean engineering firm that allegedly hid a bribery scheme, telling a Florida federal judge Wednesday that the South American company's counterclaims are time-barred and invite the court to overstep its authority.

  • January 18, 2018

    CAS To Review Russian Athlete Bans Before Olympics

    The Court of Arbitration for Sport said Wednesday it will soon hear cases for nearly 40 Russian winter sport athletes appealing lifetime bans for violations of doping rules, allowing final decisions to be handed down before the start of the Olympics next month.

  • January 18, 2018

    Chinese Chicken Duties Still Violating WTO Rules, Panel Says

    A World Trade Organization panel ruled Thursday that the Chinese government has not done enough to adjust tariffs on U.S. poultry products that were deemed illegal, finding that the revised tariffs are still out of line with Beijing’s WTO obligations.

  • January 17, 2018

    Panama Attys Say Trump Hotel Co.'s RICO Claims 'Absurd'

    The largest law firm in Panama hit Trump International Hotels Management LLC on Wednesday with a suit in Delaware Chancery Court, alleging the company responded to arbitration action over a “mismanaged” Panamanian hotel by throwing a temper tantrum and improperly dragging the hotel’s counsel into the fight on “absurd” claims.

  • January 17, 2018

    Romania Looks To Ax Suit Seeking OK Of $250M Award

    Romania urged a D.C. federal court Tuesday to nix the latest attempt by two Swedish food industry investors to confirm a $250 million arbitral award issued against the country in 2013 for revoking certain economic incentives, saying it hasn’t been properly notified of the suit.

  • January 17, 2018

    Trump Cos. Blasted For 'Bully' Tactics In Panama Hotel Case

    Two companies that own units in a swanky Trump-branded hotel in Panama asked a New York federal court Tuesday to force two Trump hotel management companies, which are accused in arbitration of "objectively horrific" mismanagement of the hotel, to drop $150 million in racketeering claims from the underlying proceeding.

  • January 17, 2018

    Singapore Biofuel Trader Wants $25M Verdict Filed Outside NY

    A Singapore biofuel trader asked a New York federal judge Tuesday for permission to register out of state a $25.3 million judgment issued over a fuel contract dispute, arguing that the company it was awarded against has sizable assets in Utah and California.

  • January 17, 2018

    CAS OKs Lao Toyota Football Club For 2018 Asian Cup

    International sport’s top court on Wednesday overturned a ban against the Lao Toyota Football Club for match-fixing, reinstating it in a regional tournament even as many of its former players remain banned from ever playing again.

  • January 17, 2018

    A Chat With Davis Wright CSO Mark Usellis

    In this monthly series, legal recruiting experts Amanda Brady and Amy Mallow of Major Lindsey & Africa interview law firm management from Am Law 200 firms about how they are navigating an increasingly competitive business environment. The second conversation is with Mark Usellis, chief strategy officer for Davis Wright Tremaine LLP.

  • January 16, 2018

    Brazilian Bank Looks To Revive $50M Credit Insurance Claim

    A Brazilian banking and financial services company asked a New York federal court to vacate an arbitral award dismissing its $50 million claim against two U.S. insurers for certain misrepresentations in its credit insurance application, saying the tribunal manifestly disregarded the law.

  • January 16, 2018

    Cobra, Engineering Cos. Settle $18M Hydropower Plant Row

    A Spanish construction firm on Friday dropped its efforts to throw out a more than $18 million arbitration award issued to an Italian company over a contract dispute on a Guatemalan hydroelectric project after the two sides told a Florida federal judge they’d settled.

  • January 16, 2018

    Australia Breaks WTO Silence To Fight Canadian Wine Rules

    The Australian government targeted Canada’s restrictions on the retail sale of foreign wines with a new World Trade Organization complaint Tuesday, marking the first time the country has triggered a dispute in Geneva since 2003.

  • January 16, 2018

    ArcelorMittal Wants $1.4B Award Over Steel Supply Pact OK'd

    A U.S. subsidiary of steel manufacturing giant ArcelorMittal SA has asked a Minnesota federal court to confirm a $1.38 billion International Chamber of Commerce award against Essar Steel Ltd., which it won after Essar failed to deliver on an iron ore pellet supply deal.

  • January 16, 2018

    Court Upholds Lifetime Ban For Match-Fixing Soccer Ref

    The Court of Arbitration for Sport rejected an appeal lodged by a referee involved in a soccer match-fixing scandal following a controversial game between South Africa and Senegal, upholding the lifetime ban FIFA imposed on the Ghanaian, the international soccer organization said Monday.

  • January 16, 2018

    Indonesia Still Working To Resolve WTO Food Fight

    The Indonesian government is attempting to comply with a World Trade Organization decision that faulted its import restrictions on beef, poultry and various produce items, but remains at odds with the U.S. and New Zealand on what the compliance deadline ought to be, according to WTO documents circulated Tuesday.

  • January 12, 2018

    The Firms That Dominated In 2017

    Law360’s Firms of the Year rose above the competition with a combined 24 Practice Group of the Year awards after helping their clients win game-changing judgments and close record-breaking deals in 2017. Here’s a closer look at how they landed at the top.

  • January 12, 2018

    Law360 Names Practice Groups Of The Year

    Law360 congratulates the winners of its 2017 Practice Group of the Year awards, which honor the law firms behind the litigation wins and major deals that resonated throughout the legal industry in the past year.

  • January 12, 2018

    GE Gets $3M Award Confirmed Against Fridge Maker, Seller

    A New York federal judge on Friday confirmed a $3 million arbitral award that General Electric Co. won against a manufacturer and a seller in a dispute concerning their contractual obligation to indemnify GE in a lawsuit over damage that an allegedly defective refrigerator caused.

Expert Analysis

  • Recipe For Legal Project Management: Look To BBQ Champs

    Anthony Rospert

    As a master certified barbecue judge with the Kansas City Barbeque Society, I have noticed that the top pitmasters follow a consistent process in approaching each and every competition. Their "secret sauce" — employing project management principles — can also help lawyers achieve success, says Anthony Rospert of Thompson Hine LLP.

  • Series

    Making Pro Bono Work: Can You Practice In Your State?

    Eve Runyon

    The justice gap is a well-documented problem and over the past two decades, law firms have mobilized attorneys to provide millions of hours of pro bono every year. But for many in-house counsel, there remains a big hurdle — restrictive multijurisdictional practice rules, says Eve Runyon, president and CEO of Pro Bono Institute.

  • Opinion

    Representing Women At The Intersection Of Law And Finance

    Andrea Mitchell

    To the extent that companies have tolerated predominantly male leadership in the past because it was deemed necessary for growth and prosperity, or viewed diversity and the underrepresentation of women strictly as human resources issues, a growing body of research suggests otherwise, say Andrea Mitchell and Valerie Hletko of Buckley Sandler LLP.

  • Series

    Making Pro Bono Work: Building Sponsorship Relationships

    Michael Scudder

    Within their first year, associates should make it a priority to take on a pro bono matter and approach a partner about supervising the project. By collaborating with a partner on a pro bono case, young associates can cultivate sponsorship relationships while simultaneously contributing to the public good, say Michael Scudder and Jay Mitchell of Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP.

  • Series

    What I Learned In My 1st Year: Be A Sponge

    Patrick Mendes

    As a new attorney, it was astonishing to realize how little I knew. I soon began to appreciate that everyone I met had a unique take or way of doing something. Many things I learned during that first year from my colleagues are still incorporated into my practice today, says Patrick Mendes of Tyson & Mendes LLP.

  • Series

    Making Pro Bono Work: Beyond The Hurdles

    Ann Warren

    There are various barriers to corporate pro bono work, including lack of malpractice insurance coverage, limited resources, and the transactional nature of the majority of in-house legal work. But at the end of the day, we’ve overcome many of these barriers, says Ann Warren, associate general counsel of Duke Energy Corp.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Pryor Reviews 'Scalia Speaks'

    Judge William Pryor

    Christopher Scalia and Edward Whelan have published an indispensable collection of the late Justice Antonin Scalia's best speeches. "Scalia Speaks: Reflections on Law, Faith, and Life Well Lived" puts on full display Justice Scalia’s skilled writing, quick wit and uncommon wisdom on a wide range of topics — from law to turkey hunting, says Judge William Pryor of the Eleventh Circuit.

  • Financial Crisis Anniversary

    The Inside Counsel Revolution

    Ben Heineman

    The role of the general counsel has significantly grown in importance, with the GC now often replacing the senior partner in the outside law firm as the primary counselor for the CEO and the board. This inside counsel revolution was given great impetus by the financial crisis that started 10 years ago, says Ben Heineman Jr., former general counsel of General Electric Co.

  • How Arbitrators Maintain Proportionality In Discovery

    Richard Seymour

    There has been much discussion of discovery proportionality in federal litigation since the December 2015 changes to Civil Rule 26. But arbitrators have long used procedures to simplify the discovery process that courts have only recently begun to adopt, says attorney and arbitrator Richard Seymour.

  • The Law Firm CFO’s Role In The Strategic Planning Process

    Tyler Quinn

    Today's law firm chief financial officer should be involved in many areas beyond traditional financial management, including operations, risk management and information technology. He or she can support strategic planning throughout the process, from development of the plan to its implementation, measurement and eventual evolution, say Tyler Quinn and Marc Feigelson of Kaufman Rossin PA.