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International Arbitration

  • June 6, 2018

    $600M Russian Bond Dispute Can Be Arbitrated In London

    An English judge on Wednesday halted Russian litigation brought by a bank that claimed to have purchased $600 million in fraudulent bonds through certain financing transactions with several real estate investment companies, rejecting arguments that the dispute did not belong before a London arbitral tribunal.

  • June 6, 2018

    King & Spalding Nabs International Arbitration Pro In Paris

    King & Spalding LLP on Wednesday said a former Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP international arbitration expert has joined the firm's Paris office, bringing 20 years of experience in dispute resolution, including construction-related matters in the energy and infrastructure sectors.

  • June 6, 2018

    $2.7M Irma Coverage Row Must Be Arbitrated, Court Hears

    A dispute over an insurance claim for more than $2.7 million worth of damage sustained by a Hollywood Beach hotel after Hurricane Irma battered southern Florida last September belongs in arbitration, underwriters at Lloyd's of London told a Florida federal court on Tuesday.

  • June 6, 2018

    Trump Cos. Fight Stay Of Suit Against Panama Unit Owners

    Two Trump hotel companies asked a New York federal judge to deny a bid by owners of units in a Trump-branded Panamanian luxury hotel to pause a jurisdiction suit during related International Chamber of Commerce arbitration, saying the owners previously claimed that the suit and the arbitration were unrelated.

  • June 6, 2018

    Canada, EU Join WTO Dogpile Against US Metal Duties

    Major U.S. trading partners continued their campaign against the Trump administration’s national security-based steel and aluminum tariffs on Wednesday, with both Canada and the European Union filing new World Trade Organization cases alleging that the duties flout global trade rules.

  • June 6, 2018

    WTO Airbus Row Trudges On As EU Seeks Compliance Ruling

    A 14-year battle over the European Union’s subsidies to plane maker Airbus is set for yet another round of arbitration Wednesday as the EU asked for a World Trade Organization panel to confirm that it has withdrawn the illegal subsidies faulted by earlier rulings.

  • June 5, 2018

    Pillsbury Snags International Arbitration Partner From Orrick

    Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP has hired former Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP international arbitration pro Robert Sills as a partner in New York for its growing cross-border arbitration practice, the firm recently announced.

  • June 5, 2018

    Swedish Court Says Russian Tribunal Violated Due Process

    The Swedish Supreme Court has refused to enforce a Russian arbitral award ordering a Swedish robotics company to pay a meat processor nearly $400,000, concluding that the tribunal disregarded due process when it refused to give the Swedish company more time to present its case.

  • June 5, 2018

    'To Err Is Human,' Yarn Co. Says Of Judge's Arbitration Order

    "To err, as Pope wrote, is human," an Indian yarn spinner told a California federal judge, quoting the English poet Alexander Pope while asking him to rethink his arbitration order in a dispute in which it accused two U.S. cotton companies of plotting to shut it out of the market and inflicting $100 million in damages.

  • June 5, 2018

    Taiwanese Parts Maker Must Face $22M Award

    A Hong Kong judge has nixed a Taiwanese capacitor manufacturer's bid to refuse enforcement of a $22.1 million arbitral award issued to a Japanese appliance company to resolve a dispute over allegedly defective parts, rejecting allegations that the tribunal had been biased.

  • June 5, 2018

    Saudi Families Seek OK Of $17.9B Chevron Award

    Two Saudi families have asked a California federal court to confirm a $17.9 billion arbitral award against Chevron Corp. for allegedly continuing to use their lands after the expiration of a lease agreement.

  • June 5, 2018

    Trump Mulling Possible Split Of NAFTA Negotiations

    With any hope of delivering a revised North American Free Trade Agreement to Congress this year all but gone, the White House’s top economic adviser said Tuesday that President Donald Trump is considering whether to bifurcate the effort and hold talks with Canada and Mexico on separate tracks.

  • June 4, 2018

    Dutch Treaty May Pave Way For Leaner Investment Protection

    New provisions in a model Dutch bilateral investment treaty that would narrow investment protection and allow institutions, rather than the parties, to appoint arbitrators in investor-state disputes are significant changes that could pave the way for future similar trade pacts, experts say.

  • June 4, 2018

    Wine Co. Shareholder Must Hand Investor $29M, Judge Says

    A Florida federal judge slapped a controlling shareholder in a Chilean wine company with a $28.7 million judgment Monday, after finding for a Delaware-based investor in its dispute seeking to confirm an arbitration award stemming from the soured business venture.

  • June 4, 2018

    Chinese Co. Seeks To Arbitrate $25M Row With Apple

    A Chinese company that was contracted to supply Apple Inc. with materials for the glass screens used on iPhones asked a California federal court Friday to send its $25 million dispute with the technology giant to arbitration, saying their agreement called for all disputes to be resolved via International Chamber of Commerce arbitration.

  • June 4, 2018

    Farmers Begin To Feel Squeeze As Tariff Retaliation Heats Up

    With the European Union, Canada and Mexico readying retaliatory tariffs on U.S. goods following the Trump administration's decision to move ahead with steel and aluminum duties, the nation's trade-reliant farmers on Monday called for the White House to reverse course.

  • June 4, 2018

    DWF Snags Insurance Partner From Simmons & Simmons

    DWF LLP has added an insurance partner who specializes in construction, power and engineering claims to its London office from Simmons & Simmons LLP.

  • June 1, 2018

    'Endless' Challenges Don't Bar OK Of $36M Award, Co. Says

    A Bolivian investment firm urged a Colorado federal court to confirm a $36.1 million arbitral award against a Mexican cement company following a dispute stemming from a shared investment, arguing that an "endless barrage" of challenges in Bolivia don't mean the company can escape its obligations.

  • June 1, 2018

    Calif. Court's OK Of $414M Award Nixed Over Bad Service

    A California appeals court on Friday axed confirmation of a $414 million arbitral award against a Chinese font company that said it had never been properly notified of the underlying arbitration, concluding its agreement on service with an American investment partnership didn't trump an applicable international treaty.

  • June 1, 2018

    Stroock Picks Up Baker McKenzie Insurance Practice Head

    Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP has picked up Baker McKenzie's North American insurance practice head for its New York office, Stroock announced Friday.

Expert Analysis

  • Best Practices For Building A Better Meeting

    Nicholas Cheolas

    How can we improve meetings in the legal industry, which tends to evolve with the speed of a tranquilized water buffalo mired in quicksand? Breaking it down to three phases can yield significant benefits, says Nicholas Cheolas of Zelle LLP.

  • 5 Ways Law Firms Are Becoming More Like Hotels

    Bella Schiro

    One way law firms differentiate themselves from the competition to attract and retain top talent is through their real estate and workplace strategies. Taking a lead from the hospitality industry can help create a more inviting, welcoming and collaborative workspace environment, says Bella Schiro of Jones Lang LaSalle Inc.

  • Opinion

    Gorsuch's 1st Year Shows He Is A Conservative Activist

    Elliot Mincberg

    In his first year on the U.S. Supreme Court, Justice Neil Gorsuch has proven to be a narrow-minded elitist who consistently votes in favor of corporations and the powerful, acting to roll back protections for workers, consumers, LGBTQ individuals and other marginalized communities, says Elliot Mincberg of People for the American Way.

  • Trump Tariffs May Violate Investment Treaty Protections

    Javier Rubinstein

    Foreign companies affected by the America First tariffs should consider the extent to which such tariffs may violate their rights under applicable investment treaties or free trade agreements, and thus may provide them with recourse in international arbitration for the harm they have suffered, say Javier Rubinstein and Lauren Friedman of Kirkland & Ellis LLP.

  • Finance-Savvy Millennials Are Shifting Business Of Law

    Michael Perlich

    The impact of millennials has already been felt within the legal community by our eagerness to embrace new technologies. One way that we will have potentially even more impact lies in our willingness to embrace new ways of developing business and financing law, says Michael Perich of Burford Capital LLC.

  • Opinion

    Attorney-Client Privilege Is Alive And Well

    Genie Harrison

    The FBI raid of the office of President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer set off a firestorm of controversy about the sanctity of the attorney-client privilege, epitomized by Trump's tweet that the "privilege is dead." But attorney-client privilege is never taken lightly — I have battle scars from the times I have sought crime-fraud exceptions, says Genie Harrison of the Genie Harrison Law Firm.

  • Roundup

    Dissolving Practice

    Dissolving Practice

    In this series, experts discuss the unique aspects of closing a law firm, and some common symptoms of dysfunctionality in a firm that can be repaired before it's too late.

  • Series

    Dissolving Practice: How To Fix A Dysfunctional Law Firm

    Larry Richard

    I am often asked, “When there are one or more partner departures, what can a firm do to prevent this from escalating to a catastrophic level?” The short answer is “nothing.” Law firms need to adopt culture-strengthening lifestyles to prevent defections from occurring in the first place, says Larry Richard of LawyerBrain LLC.

  • Pros And Cons Of Co-Testimony In International Arbitration

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    International arbitration bodies provide little guidance on the use of co-testifying experts in dispute resolution. However, there are practical examples of co-testifying in international case law from which to learn, say members of StoneTurn Group LLP.

  • Series

    Dissolving Practice: Partner Agreement Clauses That Can Help

    ​​​​​Leslie Corwin

    Given the competing public policies of protecting clients’ right to counsel of their choice, lawyer mobility, and the fiduciary duty partners owe to a dissolved firm, it behooves law firms to carefully review their partnership agreements to make sure they adequately spell out what happens in the unfortunate event that the law firm chooses to wind down, say ​​​​​Leslie Corwin and Rachel Sims of Blank Rome LLP.