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International Arbitration

  • July 23, 2018

    Canada Uses NAFTA To Fight Trump's Solar Panel Tariffs

    The Canadian government launched a North American Free Trade Agreement challenge to the Trump administration's safeguard duties on solar panels Monday, asserting that the tariffs were imposed illegally.

  • July 23, 2018

    Italian Soccer Giant AC Milan Gets 2-Year Ban Overturned

    Storied Italian soccer club AC Milan will compete in a European club competition for the upcoming season after arbitrators overturned a two-year ban imposed for failing to balance its checkbook. 

  • July 20, 2018

    Law360's Satisfaction Survey: By The Numbers

    Being a lawyer is not easy. But among private practice attorneys, in-house counsel and government lawyers, who's feeling the greatest pressure in finances and stress? Law360's 2018 Lawyer Satisfaction Survey provides a snapshot.

  • July 20, 2018

    The Least-Stressed Attorneys In A Stressed-Out Profession

    Law360's 2018 Lawyer Satisfaction Survey shows that when it comes to career and overall well-being, one type of firm is a lawyer's happy place — at least relatively speaking.

  • July 20, 2018

    Norwegian Cruise Line Looks To Arbitrate Wrongful Death Suit

    Norwegian Cruise Line removed to Florida federal court Thursday a wrongful death suit brought by the family of a Filipino employee who died while participating in a rescue drill aboard a cruise ship, saying the claims must be arbitrated in the Philippines pursuant to the terms of his employment contract.

  • July 20, 2018

    Russia Largely Wins WTO Fight Over Ukraine Fertilizer Duties

    Ukraine violated the World Trade Organization’s Anti-Dumping Agreement when it calculated duties on Russian shipments of ammonium nitrate used in fertilizer at an inaccurate rate and imposed those duties on a company with only a small amount of dumping, a WTO panel ruled Friday.

  • July 20, 2018

    Gramercy Says Peru Won't Resolve Bond Row, Now At $1.8B

    U.S. asset manager Gramercy Funds Management LLC has increased the amount it is seeking from Peru in a dispute over old government bonds from $1.6 billion to $1.8 billion, saying in an amended statement of claim that the South American country has rejected its efforts to resolve the issue.

  • July 20, 2018

    ICC's Arbitration Court To Create Africa Commission

    The International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce said it will launch an Africa commission to coordinate the organization's expanded presence on the continent and grow the number of African arbitrators.

  • July 20, 2018

    WTO Dispute Roundup: More Appellate Body Strife On Horizon

    In Law360's latest glimpse at the World Trade Organization's Dispute Settlement Body, the impasse over new appointments to the Appellate Body persists as more trouble looms in the coming months, while legal battles over wine and fish fillets surge ahead.

  • July 20, 2018

    Health Hires: Wilson Sonsini, Ropes & Gray, Kirkland & Ellis

    Life sciences intellectual property lawyers made big moves recently, with Wilson Sonsini snapping up an administrative patent judge for its team and Ropes & Gray and Cantor Colburn getting IP attorneys from Fitzpatrick Cella and Locke Lord. Additionally, Kirkland and O'Melveny built up their transactions practices and Baker Donelson grew its health care team.

  • July 19, 2018

    Calif. Gov. OKs New Law For Int'l Commercial Arbitration

    California Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law a bill allowing out-of-state and foreign attorneys to appear in international commercial arbitrations in the state, legislation that proponents say sends a "clear message" that California is open for business for international arbitration.

  • July 19, 2018

    Energy Cos. Seek To Enforce €128M Award Against Spain

    Two foreign companies on Thursday asked a D.C. federal court to enforce a €128 million ($149 million) arbitral award against Spain issued following a dispute over renewable energy subsidies, resuming their U.S. enforcement efforts several months after voluntarily dismissing their original suit in New York for procedural reasons.

  • July 19, 2018

    Bilfinger Unit Gets $28.6M In Dispute Over Texas Ironworks

    A Bilfinger SE unit was awarded $28.6 million after an International Court of Arbitration tribunal found the Texas branch of an Austrian steel company wrongly fired it off an iron processing facility construction project on the state's Gulf Coast, lawyers for the Bilfinger subsidiary said Thursday.

  • July 19, 2018

    Energy Co. Gets OK To Enforce $13.7M Award Against Ghana

    A D.C. federal judge said a British energy company can begin to collect on a nearly $13.7 million arbitral award against the Republic of Ghana that the court confirmed in March, finding that enough time has passed since judgment was entered.

  • July 19, 2018

    Djibouti Calls On UN To Facilitate End To Eritrea Dispute

    Djibouti has requested the United Nations' help in bringing a peaceful resolution to a border dispute with Eritrea, which recently ended a long-running conflict with Ethiopia, asking the organization's secretary-general to work to bring the nations together for arbitration proceedings or a judicial settlement of their differences.

  • July 19, 2018

    End Outdated Investment Treaties, EU Tells Member States

    The European Commission told member states on Thursday to terminate redundant and outdated bilateral investment treaties with other countries in the bloc to “protect the public interest” and comply with EU law.

  • July 18, 2018

    Fla. Court OKs $63M Security Award Against Venezuelan Co.

    A Florida federal judge on Wednesday confirmed an arbitral decision requiring a Venezuelan state-owned mining company to post nearly $63 million in security during an ongoing iron ore-related contracts dispute with a British Virgin Islands company, finding no reason to vacate or alter the award.

  • July 18, 2018

    Jury Still Out On Credibility Of New Int'l Chinese Courts

    A pair of international commercial courts were launched last month in China to allay concerns over whether international disputes arising out of the country's ambitious Belt and Road economic development initiative would be fairly adjudicated, but experts say they're leery of putting their trust in these courts just yet.

  • July 18, 2018

    Legal Battle Over Trump's Metal Tariffs Will Test WTO's Limits

    The steady ballooning of World Trade Organization complaints stemming from the Trump administration's steel and aluminum tariffs have some experts questioning whether Geneva is properly equipped to handle the escalating tensions brought about by the White House's trade enforcement campaign.

  • July 18, 2018

    A Chat With Gibson Dunn Diversity Chief Salim-Williams

    In this monthly series, Amanda Brady of Major Lindsey & Africa interviews management from top law firms about the increasingly competitive business environment. Here we feature Zakiyyah Salim-Williams, chief diversity officer at Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP.

Expert Analysis

  • Arbitration Jujitsu: 'Sealed Settlement Offers' Add Leverage

    Gilbert A. Samberg

    When negotiating a settlement before incurring the costs of arbitration, counsel may leverage the weight of anticipated arbitration costs by means of a "sealed settlement offer" — thereby putting additional pressure on a counterparty to be realistic in calculating the settlement value, says Mintz Levin member Gilbert Samberg.

  • Introducing The Legal Industry To Millennial Business Owners

    Yaima Seigley

    ​The current business climate has produced vast opportunities for seasoned lawyers to create valuable connections with millennial business owners, but first lawyers must cleanse their palate of misconceptions regarding millennials, says Yaima Seigley of Isaac Wiles Burkholder & Teetor LLC.

  • Energy Firms Face NAFTA Investor-State Dispute Revamp

    Rachael Kent

    The North American Free Trade Agreement's Investor-State Dispute Settlement provision has helped the U.S. domestic energy industry protect its cross-border investments. But the Trump administration has indicated a desire to eliminate the ISDS provision. Energy firms must stay aware of the dynamics of NAFTA renegotiation — and consider how a post-ISDS world would affect their business, say attorneys with WilmerHale.

  • A Proposed Approach For High Court In Vitamin C Case

    Michael Kimberly

    It is safe to expect a narrow ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court in Animal Science v. Hebei, instructing lower courts not to give conclusive deference to foreign sovereigns’ legal submissions. But it would be more sensible to instruct U.S. courts to assess whether these submissions are entitled to any deference in their country of origin and, if so, to give them that deference, say Michael Kimberly and Matthew Waring of Mayer Brown LLP.

  • Opinion

    Why Won't Judicial Nominees Affirm Brown V. Board Of Ed?

    Franita Tolson

    On May 17, 1954, the U.S. Supreme Court decided Brown v. Board of Education, recognizing a moral and legal truth that should be beyond question in American society. The refusal by some of President Donald Trump's judicial nominees to say whether they believe the case was decided correctly is indicative of the narrow-minded elitism they would bring to the bench, says professor Franita Tolson of the University of Southern California's Gould School of Law.

  • The Lawyers' Guide To Cloud Computing

    Daniel Garrie

    In deciding whether cloud computing is right for the organization or firm, an attorney must consider cloud computing’s significant impact on the electronic discovery process, say Daniel Garrie, managing partner at Law & Forensics LLC, and David Cass, chief information security officer at IBM Cloud.

  • Opinion

    Recovering Lawyers' Lost Position Of Independence

    Samuel Samaro

    In these politically divisive times, many ask whether our institutions and traditions can help us return to a greater consensus. In days long past, the legal profession could have been counted on to serve just such a function. But lawyers are now just as polarized as everyone else, says Samuel Samaro of Pashman Stein Walder Hayden PC.

  • 8 Reasons To Take A Fresh Look At Your Law Office Lease

    Tiffany Winne

    After moving into a new law office, tenants often file their signed leases away, figuring that the terms are set for a few years at least. However, leases can be very flexible instruments, and should be reviewed annually even if nothing seems amiss, says Tiffany Winne of Savills Studley Inc.

  • A General Counsel's Tips For Succeeding As A New Associate

    Jason Idilbi

    Based on his experience as a BigLaw associate for six years and now as general counsel for a tech startup, Jason Idilbi of Passport Labs offers some best practices for newer associates — whether they are serving external clients or senior attorneys within their firms.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Berzon Reviews 'We The Corporations'

    Judge Marsha Berzon

    My advice to prospective clerks will now include the suggestion that they read Adam Winkler's new book, "We the Corporations: How American Businesses Won Their Civil Rights," for the same reason I recommend taking a corporations course — appreciating the critical role of business corporations in American life and law, says Ninth Circuit Judge Marsha Berzon.