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International Arbitration

  • April 14, 2016

    Gemalto Tells Texas Judge Retailers Owe $46M Arbitral Award

    Payment technology giant Gemalto NV asked a Texas judge on Wednesday to turn a $46 million arbitration award against a joint venture of dozens of major American retailers into a judgment, saying a unanimous arbitral panel found Merchant Customer Exchange LLC reneged on a major contract.

  • April 14, 2016

    Canadian Artist Seeks To Reopen Award Confirmation Suit

    A Canadian decorative artist asked a Louisiana federal court Thursday to resume enforcement proceedings of an arbitration award in an intellectual property dispute with a Louisiana company — a move that is likely to moot the permission the company recently received to immediately appeal a decision refusing to reopen the case.

  • April 14, 2016

    Why Miami Is Drawing The Attention Of Global Firms

    As rumors swirl that U.K.-based Clyde & Co. is looking for a merger partner in Miami, experts say the move signals the mounting importance of South Florida as a hub for international dispute resolution, a service global law firms are eager to offer clients.

  • April 14, 2016

    Q&A With Norton Rose Fulbright's Matthew Kirtland

    I find the diverse array of viewpoints that exist with respect to third-party funding for international arbitration, both in terms of national law and individual attitudes, particularly interesting. The issue is trending and having ramifications in different contexts, from deposits on costs to confidentiality, says Matthew Kirtland, leader of the international arbitration practice at Norton Rose Fulbright in Washington, D.C.

  • April 14, 2016

    Cotton Cos., Yarn Firm Say Mediation Won't Settle $300M Row

    Two California cotton producers and a South Indian yarn company continued to butt heads about the future of their $300 million antitrust fight in California federal court on Wednesday, but agreed in a joint status report that early mediation won’t help settle the dispute.

  • April 14, 2016

    Judge Won't Toss $370M Air Cargo Suit

    A New York federal judge on Thursday rejected a bid by Societe Air France and two other European airlines to dismiss a $370 million antitrust suit by a unit of Deutsche Bahn AG, saying there are no exceptional circumstances to justify ceding jurisdiction to a Netherlands court.

  • April 14, 2016

    Rising Star: White & Case's Brody Greenwald

    White & Case LLP’s Brody K. Greenwald has done invaluable work on some of the most recent important international arbitration cases, including a landmark dispute between the Republic of Uzbekistan and an Israeli metal company, earning him a place among the top international arbitration attorneys under 40 honored by Law360.

  • April 14, 2016

    Island Resort Deal's Negotiator Must Arbitrate, Court Told

    A minority investor in a Saipan golf course and hotel accusing a majority-stakeholding South Korean conglomerate of fraud cannot skirt the arbitration clause of a sale agreement he helped negotiate, the company told a Northern Mariana Islands federal court Thursday.

  • April 14, 2016

    Turkish Filmmaker Can't Duck Subpoenas In $12.8 Award Suit

    A New York federal judge said Wednesday that a Turkish filmmaker can’t duck subpoenas from a Liberian shipping firm that recently won permission to enforce a $12.8 million arbitral award against a company his father owns, but allowed the filmmaker to comply with the demands in his country of residence.

  • April 14, 2016

    In Reversal, WTO OKs Argentina's Tax Transparency Rules

    The World Trade Organization’s Appellate Body ruled Thursday that Argentina’s policies imposing higher burdens on countries refusing to share tax information do not violate international rules, reversing an earlier panel finding and dealing a loss to the Panamanian government.

  • April 14, 2016

    Q&A With Kirkland & Ellis' Rajinder Bassi

    I worked on a case for a respondent energy company owned by a high-profile Russian oligarch. I was on a tiny island in the Maldives in the Indian Ocean when the case began. Surprisingly, there was a business center but it comprised a little hut with a small table and a rather old-fashioned computer which belonged in a different era, says Rajinder Bassi, a partner in the international arbitration and litigation group at Kirkland & Ellis International LLP.

  • April 14, 2016

    China Retreats On Subsidies To Settle US WTO Case

    The Obama administration announced on Thursday that China has agreed to terminate a sprawling export subsidy program that bolstered industries ranging from agriculture to medical devices in order to ward off a World Trade Organization complaint lodged by the U.S. last year.

  • April 13, 2016

    Paris Court Nixes $46M Award In Moldovan Energy Arbitration

    The Paris Court of Appeal on Tuesday set aside a more than $46 million arbitral award issued to a Ukranian energy company in a dispute with the Republic of Moldova that had been brought under the Energy Charter Treaty, according to a statement from the Moldovan government.

  • April 13, 2016

    Indonesia Has Defaulted In Mining Fight, Churchill Says

    Indonesia has defaulted in ongoing arbitration proceedings with the U.K.'s Churchill Mining PLC over the alleged expropriation of the miner's interest in one of the world's biggest coal reserves by failing to pay an advance payment sought by the World Bank tribunal, Churchill said on Wednesday.

  • April 13, 2016

    Swedish Arbitrators Mourn Backer Of Stockholm Forum

    The Swedish arbitration community is mourning the recent death of alternative dispute resolution expert Sergei Lebedev, who helped make Stockholm a center for international arbitration, the Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce said Wednesday.

  • April 13, 2016

    Ex-Yukos Shareholder Launches Indian Suit Over $50B Award

    GML Ltd., formerly Yukos Oil Co.'s largest shareholder, has initiated litigation in India to confirm and enforce a $50 billion arbitral award over Russia's 2007 dismantling of the oil giant, a GML official confirmed on Wednesday.

  • April 13, 2016

    Q&A With Weil's Eric Ordway

    I remember one arbitration in which I asked the tribunal if I could use a PowerPoint and the chairman responded by saying that I could use whatever “toys” I wanted if I thought it was necessary. Nowadays, it is rare, especially in large complex arbitrations, that you don’t see practitioners use PowerPoint, says Eric Ordway, a leading member of Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP's international arbitration and trade practice.

  • April 13, 2016

    Computer Co. Wins Extra $738K, But Can't Pursue IT Owners

    A Pennsylvania federal jury on Wednesday awarded Taiwanese computer manufacturer Clientron Corp. an additional $738,000 in damages on top of nearly $7 million from an overseas arbitration in a non-payment case against a Philadelphia information technology firm, but it found the couple who owned the company were not personally liable.

  • April 13, 2016

    Rising Star: Freshfields' Elliot Friedman

    Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP's Elliot Friedman is representing ConocoPhillips Co. in its multibillion-dollar arbitration against Venezuela over the country's expropriation of oil projects, helping him to his place as one of 10 international arbitration lawyers under 40 honored by Law360.

  • April 13, 2016

    Sundance Filmmaker Pursued Over $12.8M Shipping Award

    A Turkish indie filmmaker has found himself in the sights of a Liberian shipping firm that on Tuesday won permission from a New York federal court to enforce a $12.8 million arbitral award, with the filmmaker’s father accused of hiding money with his son’s projects to render his company judgment-proof.