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International Arbitration

  • 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yet another round of arbitration Wednesday as the EU asked for a World Trade Organization panel to confirm that it has withdrawn the illegal subsidies faulted by earlier rulings.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.

  • June 1, 2018

    US Couple Say Dominican Ties Don't Doom $41M Claim

    A U.S. couple have accused the Dominican Republic of exaggerating their connections to the country to try to shake claims that it obstructed the expansion of their gated community, saying the evidence clearly shows their bond with America and thus, the Permanent Court of Arbitration’s jurisdiction over the $41.5 million dispute.

  • June 1, 2018

    HFW Builds Construction Unit With Jones Day Hire

    HFW has added a former Jones Day associate with experience handling international arbitration as a partner in its construction practice in Hong Kong, its sixth addition to the practice over the last 15 months.

  • June 1, 2018

    Swiss Court Clears Peru Soccer Star For World Cup

    The Federal Supreme Court of Switzerland has stayed Peruvian soccer player Paolo Guerrero's suspension issued for an alleged drug violation, opening the door for the country's captain and all-time leading scorer to play in the 2018 World Cup. 

  • June 1, 2018

    7 High Court Petitions From Last Month You Shouldn't Miss

    From a $1.7 billion case involving Iran's central bank to a major question under the America Invents Act, the U.S. Supreme Court docketed a broad swath of cert petitions in May. Here, Law360 takes a look at the past month's most interesting requests for high court review.

  • May 31, 2018

    Ex-Kyrgyz Republic Prime Minister Accused Of Corruption

    Former Kyrgyz Republic Prime Minister Sapar Isakov, who last year inked a settlement with Centerra Gold Inc. to resolve an arbitration relating to the Canadian company's gold mine in the country, has been charged with corruption for his role in the modernization of a power plant in the country's capital, according to local media reports.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • Series

    Dissolving Practice: The Unfinished Business Doctrine

    Thomas Rutledge

    There has been, of late, significant dispute as to the application of the unfinished business doctrine, particularly with respect to hourly rate matters of now-dissolved large law firms. And the California Supreme Court’s recent decision in Heller Ehrman, like others as to similar points, is highly questionable, says Thomas Rutledge of Stoll Keenon Ogden PLLC.

  • Opinion

    BigLaw Doesn't Have A Diversity Problem

    Marlen Whitley

    Although the lack of racial and gender diversity among the ranks of the majority of both midsized and top law firms is a major issue, it’s past time to shed light on the real problem — inclusion, or lack thereof, says Marlen Whitley of Reed Smith LLP.

  • Opinion

    Roman J. Israel, Esquire, Meet Donald J. Trump, POTUS

    Kevin Curnin

    Despite the Trump administration's desire to shut down the Legal Services Corp., thankfully the budget that Congress passed and the president signed into law last week has restored $410 million of funding to the legal aid organization. An unlikely brief for preserving LSC may be found in the quirky Denzel Washington film "Roman J. Israel, Esq.," says Kevin Curnin, immediate past president of the Association of Pro Bono Counsel.

  • 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.