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International Arbitration

  • September 17, 2018

    Energy Co. Fights Enforcement Of $21M Chinese Award

    An Oklahoma energy company urged a federal court Friday to quash five subpoena requests issued by an Asian investment firm as it looks to collect a $21 million arbitral award issued in China that's currently being challenged there, arguing that the award has not yet been confirmed and may never be.

  • September 17, 2018

    Chinese JV Says It Can't Be Forced To Arbitrate $5M Claim

    A Chinese company formed to provide businesses with market survey research has urged a New York federal judge to pause an Ohio analytics company's $5 million arbitration claim over the parties' joint venture deal in China, saying their underlying contract doesn't contain a valid arbitration clause.

  • September 17, 2018

    Ship Certification Co. Seeks OK Of Award Nixing $15M Claim

    The American Bureau of Shipping has asked a New York federal court to confirm an arbitral panel’s decision axing Bailey Shipping Ltd.’s nearly $15.1 million damages claim and awarding costs to the ship classification society in a dispute accusing ABS of misrepresenting a vessel’s condition.

  • September 17, 2018

    Soured Iraqi Oil Deal Row Must Be Arbitrated, Court Hears

    Two executives of a British Virgin Islands petroleum company said global commodities trading house Gunvor SA is improperly trying to get out of arbitrating a dispute over at least $30 million in losses stemming from a deal to transport fuel from Iraq, according to documents filed in Virginia federal court on Friday.

  • September 17, 2018

    Fruit Farm Denies It Challenged $29M Award In Bad Faith

    A Costa Rican pineapple farm has rebuked a Florida magistrate judge for recommending it pay a Del Monte unit's attorneys' fees, and instead argued that exceptional grounds warranted challenging the $29.3 million arbitration award issued to the food production and distribution company. 

  • September 14, 2018

    Gazprom Vows To Keep Fighting $2.6B Award To Ukraine Co.

    A Swedish appeals court has lifted its stay on enforcing a $2.56 billion arbitral award won by Ukraine's national oil and gas company Naftogaz in a contract dispute with Gazprom, a move the Russian natural gas giant vowed to challenge after a London court unfroze its English assets, exposing them to possible seizure by Naftogaz.

  • September 14, 2018

    Russian Wrestler's Doping Suspension Stretched To 2 Years

    The Court of Arbitration for Sport has imposed a two-year suspension on a Russian Olympic wrestler for doping, overturning a previously imposed shorter period of ineligibility, according to a statement.

  • September 14, 2018

    Balkan Energy Tells DC Circ. Ghana Can't Escape $13M Award

    British energy firm Balkan Energy and its Ghanaian subsidiary urged the D.C. Circuit on Friday to affirm the confirmation of a nearly $13.7 million arbitral award it won from Ghana following a dispute over a soured power purchase agreement, saying an argument that the dispute belongs in Ghana has no merit.

  • September 14, 2018

    Indian Telecom Co. Wants $563M Satellite Deal Award OK'd

    An Indian telecommunications company asked a Washington federal court to confirm an over $562.5 million award stemming from claims that a commercial division of its country’s space program unlawfully axed a satellite-leasing deal, saying multiple international tribunals and arbitrators have found that the termination was wrong.

  • September 14, 2018

    Chinese Lighting Co. Must Arbitrate Payment Suit, Court Hears

    A California lighting distributor urged a federal judge on Thursday to force a Chinese lighting manufacturer and its shipper to arbitrate a multimillion-dollar dispute stemming from a purchase agreement, saying their agreement includes a mandatory arbitration provision.

  • September 13, 2018

    Spain Loses Bid To DQ Arbitrator In German Co.'s Solar Row

    Spain has lost a bid to disqualify the presiding arbitrator in a dispute initiated by the German energy company Steag GmbH, which had invested in a solar power plant, over a series of energy reforms undertaken by the Spanish government.

  • September 13, 2018

    Valerus Says $2M Brazilian Energy Row Should Be Arbitrated

    A Texas energy company has urged a federal judge to reconsider whether to force a Canadian oil and gas products supplier to arbitrate a $1.9 million dispute over allegedly misappropriated profits, saying his previous decision denying the bid wrongly waded into territory reserved for the arbitrators.

  • September 13, 2018

    Nigeria's Assets Safe In Bank In $276M Dispute, Court Told

    The Central Bank of Nigeria is challenging an identity card company's attempt to recover part of a $276 million arbitration award owed by Nigeria from a JPMorgan bank account, saying in D.C. federal court the account is shielded from seizure under the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act.

  • September 13, 2018

    Locke Lord Nabs Former Norton Rose Int'l Arbitration Atty

    Locke Lord LLP has hired a Norton Rose Fulbright international arbitration pro with experience in the Middle East and representing clients in both commercial and treaty dispute cases, the firm said recently. 

  • September 13, 2018

    Oil Co. Says It Has No Place In Suit Over $18B Saudi Award

    A U.S. subsidiary of Saudi Arabia's state-owned oil company urged a Texas federal court to toss a suit that seeks to force the company to pay a nearly $18 billion arbitration award issued in a dispute over Saudi oil fields, saying the company has no connection to the underlying arbitration.

  • September 12, 2018

    State Legislators Push To Nix NAFTA Arbitration Provision

    A bipartisan group of more than 300 state lawmakers urged the Trump administration on Wednesday to scrap the investor-state dispute settlement provision in a renegotiated North American Free Trade Agreement, saying the provision undermines U.S. sovereignty and facilitates outsourcing of U.S. jobs.

  • September 12, 2018

    Law Schools Struggle To Find Themselves In Post-Recession Market

    Classes on blockchain and artificial intelligence. Crash courses in business and financial markets. These are a few ways law schools are preparing students for a job market that is struggling in the wake of the recession.

  • September 12, 2018

    FisherBroyles Adds Cyber Risk Partner In Boston

    FisherBroyles LLP has added a former general counsel who has experience dealing with cybersecurity and privacy risks and working with a global supply chain company.

  • September 12, 2018

    WTO Chief Sees Silver Lining In Escalating Trade Tensions

    World Trade Organization Director-General Roberto Azevêdo said Tuesday that the near-record level of disputes filed amid rising tensions between the U.S. and its partners reflects strong confidence in the global trading model, but he nevertheless stressed that Geneva needs support to function properly.

  • September 12, 2018

    New York Tops London As World's Leading Financial Center

    New York has overtaken London as the world’s top financial center, according to a survey published Wednesday, which also revealed that several Asian cities are edging their way up the ranking for attractiveness and business-friendly regulation.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Lipez Reviews 'Last Great Colonial Lawyer'

    Judge Kermit Lipez

    In his new book, "The Last Great Colonial Lawyer: The Life and Legacy of Jeremiah Gridley," Charles McKirdy argues that Gridley — someone I had never heard of — was the last great colonial lawyer, and that his cases illuminate his times. The author largely substantiates both claims, says First Circuit Judge Kermit Lipez.

  • California Opens The Door To International Arbitration

    Sarah Reynolds

    Last month, California passed a law clarifying that lawyers who are not members of the state bar may appear in international arbitrations seated in California without local counsel. As a result, San Francisco and Los Angeles will likely see an increase in international arbitrations — particularly given their access to the Pacific Rim and Latin America, say attorneys with Mayer Brown LLP.

  • Interview Essentials For Attorneys On The Move

    Eileen Decker

    Across the country this fall, recent law school graduates, law firm associates and experienced professionals will interview for positions in private practice and government service. Sharing tips on how to stand out in this high-pressure, hypercompetitive process are Eileen Decker, former U.S. attorney for the Central District of California, and Keith Jacoby, co-chairman of Littler Mendelson PC’s class action practice group.