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International Arbitration

  • July 13, 2018

    US Lifts ZTE Export Ban Amid Sanctions Controversy

    The U.S. Department of Commerce formally reinstated ZTE Corp.'s access to the U.S. market Friday, capping off a long and controversial sanctions enforcement saga that has roiled lawmakers on Capitol Hill.

  • July 13, 2018

    Trump Softens UK Trade Deal Warning Over Brexit Plan

    President Donald Trump on Friday toned down his warning that the U.K. government's Brexit plan could jeopardize a future trade deal with the U.S., saying that such a deal was still possible as Britain forges a new relationship with the European Union.

  • July 12, 2018

    House Lawmakers Join Effort To Trim Trump's Tariffs

    As the U.S. Senate took a mostly symbolic step toward checking President Donald Trump’s authority to impose national security-based import tariffs Wednesday, a bipartisan group of lawmakers unveiled legislation to jump-start the effort in the U.S. House of Representatives.

  • July 12, 2018

    Nigerian Oil Co. Gets Breathing Room In $1.8B Award Row

    A New York federal judge held Thursday that a Nigerian state-owned oil company has until late July to turn over documents about a bank account it purportedly used that was recently discovered by Exxon Mobil and Shell subsidiaries in their attempt to enforce a $1.8 billion arbitration award against the company.

  • July 12, 2018

    Herbert Smith Freehills Nabs Litigation Partner In NY

    Herbert Smith Freehills LLP has added a former Curtis Mallet-Prevost Colt & Mosle LLP partner who brings a wide range of experience handling complex commercial litigation thanks to his work representing clients such as the Lehman Brothers estate.

  • July 12, 2018

    Cotton Cos. Win Confirmation Of $8.9M Arbitration Award

    A California federal judge has affirmed an $8.9 million arbitration award secured by two U.S. cotton companies against an Indian yarn spinner that unsuccessfully lodged competition claims against them, shooting down the foreign company's claims that the matter shouldn't have been sent to arbitration in the first place.

  • July 12, 2018

    Orbital, Heckler & Koch End $27M Army Subcontract Suit

    Orbital ATK Inc. and affiliate Alliant Techsystems Operations LLC have reached an agreement with Heckler & Koch GmbH to end their $27 million suit involving a rescinded U.S. Army weapons contract, with a Minnesota federal judge dismissing the case Thursday.

  • July 11, 2018

    Kavanaugh Splurged On Baseball Tix, Reports Say

    D.C. Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh racked up steep credit card debt in 2016 to pay for Washington Nationals tickets, according to Wednesday news reports and disclosures by the U.S. Supreme Court nominee that also show he coaches kids’ basketball and contributed to a law book without pay.

  • July 11, 2018

    4 Kavanaugh Arguments You Gotta Hear

    President Donald Trump's nomination of D.C. Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh to a seat on the U.S. Supreme Court has sent everyone scrambling to read what the jurist has written, but how about what he's said? Here, Law360 presents an interactive audio tour of four key Judge Kavanaugh arguments.

  • July 11, 2018

    5th Circ. Changes Course In Daewoo Shipping Seizure Row

    The Fifth Circuit on Wednesday reversed its decision from last year allowing Daewoo International Corp. to seize an iron shipment before arbitrating a contract dispute with an English shipper, concluding by majority that the South Korean trading company had failed to meet certain procedural requirements.

  • July 11, 2018

    Kennedy's Legacy Remains Alive In Kavanaugh’s Nomination

    Over his four decades on the federal bench, there was one clerk U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy always praised effusively. Now, that clerk could be replacing the retiring justice on the high court.

  • July 11, 2018

    Troutman Sanders Nabs 5 Partners From Crowell & Moring

    Troutman Sanders LLP has announced the hiring of five former Crowell & Moring LLP partners whose focus on litigation, insurance and reinsurance has seen them involved in sports concussion disputes, international arbitration and asbestos-related suits, among others.

  • July 11, 2018

    Senate Panel Gearing Up For Kavanaugh Vetting Fight

    The Senate Judiciary Committee has already begun what will be a lot of heavy lifting to get ready for a confirmation hearing on U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, which could come before September, by staffing up and preparing to review hundreds of thousands of documents.

  • July 11, 2018

    What Civil Rights Rulings Could Look Like Under Kavanaugh

    U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's record on immigration, employee rights and health care suggests he could side more closely with high court conservatives than civil rights advocates would like, paving the way for closely watched rulings on some of the nation's most controversial issues.

  • July 11, 2018

    Nonprofit Can't Access EU Investment Arbitration Docs

    A European Union court on Wednesday shut down an effort by an environmental law nonprofit to force the European Commission to release documents relating to the compatibility of investment arbitration and the investment court system with EU law, agreeing with the commission that doing so could weaken its negotiating position.

  • July 11, 2018

    New International Arbitration Centers To Open In LA, NY

    Arbitration and mediation provider JAMS is set to open international arbitration centers in Los Angeles and New York, anticipating growth in California-based arbitration thanks to the likely passage of a law aimed at making the Golden State a favored arbitration venue, the organization said in an announcement.

  • July 11, 2018

    WTO China Review Turns Ugly As More US Tariffs Loom

    A World Trade Organization review of China’s trade regime gave way to a contentious scrap in Geneva on Wednesday as the Asian giant swapped blows with the United States over the Trump administration’s decision a day earlier to target $200 billion worth of Chinese exports with additional duties.

  • July 10, 2018

    'Not A Complicated Case': Kavanaugh's Straightforward Style

    There's no argle-bargle in Judge Brett Kavanaugh's opinions. Instead, he's made a name for himself on the D.C. Circuit with clear, concise writing.

  • July 10, 2018

    Miami-Dade Wants Suit Over $1.2B Marlins Sale In State Court

    Miami-Dade County and the city of Miami urged a Florida federal court on Tuesday to move their suit against the Miami Marlins over the team’s $1.2 billion sale back to state court, arguing that the team can’t bring the dispute and the parties’ arbitration agreement under federal jurisdiction just because one of the members of the buyer’s group is a foreign citizen.

  • July 10, 2018

    Nix Doc Bid In $507M Award Row, Kazakh Bank Tells 1st Circ.

    Kazakhstan's national bank urged the First Circuit to reject a bid by two Moldovan oil and gas investors to pin down evidence to use abroad as they look to enforce a more than $506.7 million arbitral award against Kazakhstan, saying the petition is an attempted end-run around problematic English litigation.

Expert Analysis

  • Opinion

    We Need A Cybersecurity Framework For Law Firms

    Shaun Jamison

    In order to enable lawyers to best meet cybersecurity challenges, state bars should pass rules that adopt a cybersecurity framework to be developed by a national committee, says Shaun Jamison, associate dean of faculty and professor at Purdue University's Concord Law School.

  • Equity Partnership Isn’t What It Used To Be

    Jeff Liebster

    To many young attorneys, becoming an equity partner shows a firm's long-term commitment, meaning job security and a voice in important firm matters. However, the industry has changed and nowadays it may not be better to enter a new firm as an equity partner, says Jeffrey Liebster of Major Lindsey & Africa.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Hardiman Reviews 'Without Precedent'

    Judge Thomas Hardiman

    In his new book, "Without Precedent: Chief Justice John Marshall and His Times," professor Joel Richard Paul ably explains more than a dozen of Marshall’s most significant opinions, which comes as no surprise​. ​What is a surprise — a pleasant one — is the book's readability, says Judge Thomas Hardiman of the Third Circuit.

  • Top Tax Changes For Law Firms: What Lawyers Need To Know

    Evan Morgan

    For law firms structured as corporations, a lower maximum corporate tax rate and repeal of the corporate alternative minimum tax are good news. But many law firms are pass-through entities, so deduction limitations mean they'll see less benefit from the new tax law, says Evan Morgan of CPA and advisory firm Kaufman Rossin PA.

  • Opinion

    Companies Should Avoid The BigLaw Bonus Structure

    Michael Moradzadeh

    Since passage of the Trump tax plan last year, companies have been touting bonuses they’ve handed down to rank-and-file employees. This highlights the trend of employers favoring bonuses over pay raises in the belief that variable, short-term rewards are less risky to the business than permanent increases in labor costs. But law firms have used this strategy for years — and there are dangers, says Michael Moradzadeh of Rimon PC.

  • Chief Innovation Officer — The New Star On Legal Teams

    Mark Williamson

    Over the past few years, forward-thinking law firms have expanded their talent pools to include a chief innovation officer, whose responsibilities include spearheading the implementation of technology. It is a smart move, says ​​​​​​​Mark Williamson, co-founder and chief technology officer at Hanzo Archives Ltd.

  • Opinion

    National Lawyers Need National Licensing For National Courts

    EJ Hurst II

    Just last month, a number of legal groups asked the Northern District of California to strike its rule requiring that, before seeking federal court admission, attorneys first be licensed by the state of California. It is irrational to exclude seasoned federal practitioners from general admission due to state bar approval while allowing raw state lawyers who have never been inside a federal courtroom, says attorney EJ Hurst.

  • The Case For Early Mediation Or Arbitration In IP Disputes

    Jerry Cohen

    Alternative dispute resolution is one of the best ways to resolve disputes involving patents, copyright, trademark, trade secrets and other intellectual property issues. While not every situation lends itself to ADR, it is more accessible than many parties assume, says Jerry Cohen of Burns & Levinson LLP.

  • International Arbitration In 2018: A Year Of Rule Revisions

    Neil Newing

    Though still in its relative infancy, 2018 is shaping up to be a year of arbitral institution rule updates. Neil Newing and Ryan Cable of Signature Litigation LLP explore some of the more innovative and trending rule changes expected or predicted this year.

  • Thorny Questions For IP Rights Under Investment Treaties

    Claudia Annacker

    The recent ruling in Bridgestone Licensing Services v. Republic of Panama by an ICSID tribunal has implications for owners and licensees of IP rights, particularly with respect to the protections they can expect for their trademarks under investment treaties, according to attorneys with Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP.