International Arbitration

  • December 1, 2017

    Del Monte Asks 11th Circ. To Abide By $32M Pineapple Award

    Del Monte International GmbH told an Eleventh Circuit panel Thursday that a district court’s decision affirming an arbitration award valued at $32 million against one of Costa Rica’s biggest pineapple growers was proper and that there is no need to remand the case to the lower court for further review.

  • November 30, 2017

    Korean Ship Owner Denied Arbitration In Wrongful Death Suit

    The Ninth Circuit refused Thursday to force the wife of a fishing boat engineer who was killed on the job to arbitrate her suit over his alleged wrongful death, concluding in a published opinion that the Korean ship owner couldn't rely on an arbitration agreement it hadn't signed.

  • November 30, 2017

    Global Colocation Loses Bid To Keep Hibernia Cable Access

    A New York federal judge on Wednesday refused to grant Global Colocation Services LLC's bid for a temporary restraining order to prevent Irish telecom Hibernia Express Ltd. from terminating its access to a high-speed transatlantic cable used for trading operations, concluding that doing so would interfere in ongoing emergency arbitration over the matter.

  • November 30, 2017

    Norwegian Cruise Line Wins Halt To Arbitration In Fuel Row

    A Connecticut federal judge on Wednesday granted Norwegian Cruise Line's bid to temporarily stop arbitration with marine fuel supplier O.W. Bunker USA Inc., which lodged the proceedings over an alleged unpaid invoice for fuel bunkers that Norwegian said it had already paid to a local supplier.

  • November 30, 2017

    Singapore Biofuel Co. Lands $25.3M Verdict In Contract Suit

    A New York federal jury handed down a $25.3 million verdict to a Singapore biofuel trader Wednesday in its litigation accusing a Utah biodiesel fuel producer of breaching a purchasing contract, dealing a final blow to the American company, which failed to get the claims sent to arbitration earlier this year.

  • November 30, 2017

    US Offers Glimpse Of Strategy In WTO China Dumping Brawl

    U.S. trade officials on Thursday offered their defense for continuing to treat China as a nonmarket economy in its anti-dumping investigations, laying down an early marker in a high-stakes World Trade Organization battle that could drastically alter the enforcement landscape.

  • November 29, 2017

    Arbitrators In Pakistan Mining Row Targeted In New DQ Bid

    Several months after losing a bid to disqualify one of the arbitrators hearing a dispute over Pakistan's denial of a mining lease to an Australian joint venture, Islamabad has now targeted the entire three-arbitrator tribunal for disqualification.

  • November 29, 2017

    NY Court Pauses Guinea Mining Suit Against Soros

    A New York federal judge on Wednesday paused a suit from mining companies associated with Israeli billionaire Beny Steinmetz that accuses George Soros of inducing Guinea to ax their iron mining rights, finding that related arbitration between the companies and the African nation should be completed before the federal case can proceed.

  • November 29, 2017

    Koch Industries Takes Venezuela To Court Over $400M Award

    A pair of Koch Industries-owned companies Tuesday filed suit in D.C. federal court against the Venezuelan government, seeking to enforce international arbitration awards totaling nearly $400 million related to the South American government’s nationalization of two fertilizer plants in 2010.

  • November 29, 2017

    ThyssenKrupp Says Rehearing Bid Needed In Seizure Row

    ThyssenKrupp Mannex GmbH has reiterated its bid for the entire Fifth Circuit to revisit its decision allowing Daewoo International Corp. to seize an iron shipment before arbitrating a contract dispute with an English shipper, saying Daewoo's argument against its rehearing petition is "replete with errors."

  • November 29, 2017

    Hisense Says Sharp Can't Appeal Remand Ruling In TM Row

    Electronics manufacturer Hisense pushed back at Sharp’s bid for an interlocutory appeal challenging whether a California federal court has jurisdiction over its claims that Hisense misrepresented the quality of Sharp-branded televisions, telling the court Tuesday that the attempted appeal is a move to harass the Chinese company that must be denied.

  • November 28, 2017

    $18.5M Aircraft Contract Row Belongs In Court, Judge Told

    A Hong Kong company has urged a Missouri federal court to reject an American aircraft and parts seller's bid to compel arbitration of claims relating to an $18.5 million sales agreement, saying the request shows “breathtaking audacity,” as it reflects a total reversal from the position the company advanced in a related suit.

  • November 28, 2017

    Chinese Co. Wants Speaker Seller's Owners To Pay $1M Award

    A Chinese company that had a $1 million award confirmed against a California-based wireless speaker seller asked a federal judge on Monday to amend the judgment to include the company’s founders as judgment debtors, claiming the married couple are alter-egos of the speaker company.

  • November 28, 2017

    Cloud Computing Co. Unit's Suit Paused By Hong Kong Judge

    A Hong Kong judge on Monday paused litigation initiated by the British Virgin Islands subsidiary of a cloud computing services provider over a share purchase agreement with two Hong Kong companies, finding an arbitration clause in their deal had not been superseded by a subsequent agreement.

  • November 28, 2017

    $50B Yukos Awards Were Properly Nixed, Russia Tells Court

    Russia pressed a Dutch court on Tuesday not to revive $50 billion in arbitral awards stemming from Russia’s dismantling of Yukos Oil Co., arguing in a closely watched appeal that a lower court correctly found there was no valid arbitration agreement between the country and Yukos' former shareholders.

  • November 28, 2017

    US-Canada Lumber Scrap Spills Into WTO

    The long-running fight over U.S. duties on Canadian softwood lumber reached the World Trade Organization’s doorstep Tuesday as Ottawa brought a new dispute over the latest round of tariffs finalized by the Trump administration this month.

  • November 27, 2017

    ICJ Judges Commonly Sit As Arbitrators, Study Finds

    At least 20 current and former International Court of Justice judges worked as arbitrators during their tenure, circumstances that could undermine the court's reputation as the world's most important and respected court, according to a study published Monday by an international nonprofit organization.

  • November 27, 2017

    Electronic Trader Sues To Keep Access To Hibernia Cable

    A company recently acquired by electronic trading firm Virtu Financial has filed suit in New York federal court to block telecom Hibernia from shutting off its access to a high-speed transatlantic cable it uses for its trading operations, accusing Hibernia of retaliation for an unrelated contract dispute.

  • November 27, 2017

    Cobra Continues Push To Toss Revised $18M Award

    Spanish construction firm Cobra Infraestructuras Hidraulicas SA continued its push to vacate an award in favor of an Italian engineering and construction firm, telling a Florida federal court Friday that the decision by the International Chamber of Commerce’s arbitration court to reduce the initial $23 million award by more than $5 million does not remove the alleged deficiencies in how it was determined.

  • November 27, 2017

    Dutch High Court Won't Enforce $153M Award Nixed In Russia

    The Netherlands’ highest court refused Friday to enforce a $153 million arbitral award that was annulled in Russia and had been issued to a Russian businessman following a dispute over a share purchase agreement with one of that country’s largest steel companies.

Expert Analysis

  • Make Way For The 'Unicorns'

    Lucy Endel Bassli

    By "unicorn" I don’t mean the next great tech startup with a valuation of $1 billion. I mean the new breed of lawyers realizing that there are better ways to get their day jobs done, says Lucy Endel Bassli, assistant general counsel leading the legal operations and contracting functions at Microsoft Corp.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: McConnell Reviews 'Unequal'

    Judge John McConnell

    As widespread claims of sexual misconduct continue to surface in the entertainment industry and beyond, a discussion of how judges treat workplace discrimination cases may be particularly timely. Here, U.S. District Judge John McConnell reviews the book "Unequal: How America’s Courts Undermine Discrimination Law," by professors Sandra Sperino and Suja Thomas.

  • Roundup

    Making Pro Bono Work

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    In this series, attorneys explore the challenges and rewards of pro bono volunteering in the legal profession.

  • Being There: Preparing Witnesses For Depositions

    Alan Hoffman

    Preparing witnesses to be deposed is a critical element of discovery. It is important to remember that each witness is an individual with unique personal qualities, strengths and weaknesses. Getting to know the witness helps establish rapport and trust, says Alan Hoffman of Husch Blackwell LLP.

  • 6 Key Considerations In China-Related Arbitrations

    Ing Loong Yang

    As commercial ties between mainland China and the rest of the world broaden and deepen, the number of China-related commercial disputes has also increased. Parties to disputes in China, especially foreign-invested enterprises, should carefully consider if and how to pursue arbitration in China, say Ing Loong Yang and Tina Wang of Latham & Watkins LLP.

  • Series

    Making Pro Bono Work: The Sidley-Exelon Partnership

    Kelly Huggins

    Exelon Corp. and Sidley Austin LLP have been working together on both short- and long-term pro bono matters for the past 10 years. We offer a glimpse of how we got started and what we have done in the hope that other corporate legal departments and law firms might find ways to work together to meet the legal needs of the poor, say Kelly Huggins, pro bono counsel at Sidley Austin, and Margaret Balsley-Cross, assistant general counsel at Exelon.

  • 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.

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    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.