International Arbitration

  • November 14, 2017

    WTO Gives S. Korea Partial Win In US Oil Pipe Duties Scrap

    A World Trade Organization dispute settlement panel handed South Korea a measure of victory in its challenge of U.S. tariffs on steel pipes used in oil production on Tuesday, though the panel also limited the damage for the U.S. by turning away a litany of Seoul’s arguments.

  • November 14, 2017

    Judge Reverses Confirmation Of €128M Award Against Spain

    A New York federal judge on Monday granted the Spanish government’s request to nix the confirmation of a €128 million ($151 million) arbitral award to two foreign companies in a dispute with Spain over renewable energy subsidies, pointing to two recent Second Circuit decisions.

  • November 14, 2017

    Tata, DoCoMo Sew Up Deal Over $1.2B Arbitration Award

    Indian conglomerate Tata Sons Ltd. and Japanese telecom NTT DoCoMo Inc. appear to have completed their settlement over a $1.2 billion arbitration award in a share purchase dispute, after the two sides agreed to drop DoCoMo’s New York federal suit to confirm the award.

  • November 13, 2017

    Hisense Slips Sharp’s First Amendment Suit Over Gag Order

    China’s state-owned Hisense Co. Ltd. on Monday won the toss of a First Amendment suit Sharp Corp. filed against it over a gag order issued by a Singapore arbitrator, as a Washington, D.C., federal judge ruled that the Japanese electronics maker did not show government involvement in the arbitration.

  • November 13, 2017

    Kraft Asks Court To Move Fast On IP Row With Aussie Co.

    Kraft Foods urged a New York federal court Friday to expedite its decision on whether an Australian dairy company should mediate or arbitrate a dispute involving its alleged misuse of Kraft's special peanut butter jar design, saying the dairy company should not be permitted to run out the clock any longer.

  • November 13, 2017

    Fla. To Offer Certification In Int'l Arbitration, Litigation

    After a decadelong push to set up a Florida Bar board certification program for international litigators and arbitrators, the state's Supreme Court has approved the new program, which practitioners say will help bolster Miami's position as a growing international arbitration hub.

  • November 13, 2017

    Safran Says Chopper Co.'s Contract Suit Still Doesn't Fly

    French aerospace company Safran SA and several affiliates have asked to ax litigation brought by a U.S. company that buys and repairs helicopters and engines, alleging that efforts to tweak the contract and unfair competition suit after an arbitral tribunal sent it back to Texas federal court are merely superficial.

  • November 13, 2017

    Supreme Court Won't Hear Belize's $18.5M Arbitration Appeal

    The U.S. Supreme Court will not review a lower court decision enforcing an $18.5 million London arbitral award against the government of Belize in a case involving a Central American bank, the high court said in an order Monday.

  • November 9, 2017

    FIFA Human Rights Board Urges Safety, Transparency Action

    FIFA should consider human rights elements and implement a more transparent World Cup bidding process as a way to strengthen the organization’s responsibility to limit corruption and provide a safe environment for workers, the FIFA Human Rights Advisory Board said Thursday.

  • November 9, 2017

    WTO Again Rules Against Indonesia In Food Import Fight

    A World Trade Organization appeals panel on Thursday sided with the U.S. and New Zealand in a dispute over the Indonesian government’s import restrictions on beef, poultry and various produce items, affirming a WTO body’s determination that the measures violate global trade rules.

  • November 9, 2017

    Exxon, Shell Want Nigerian Oil Co. Docs In $1.8B Award Row

    Subsidiaries of Exxon Mobil Corp. and Royal Dutch Shell PLC asked a New York federal judge on Wednesday to compel a Nigerian state-owned oil company to produce documents they say will show that the oil company is an alter ego of the government, arguing that the information is important to confirming a $1.8 billion arbitral award over a production sharing contract.

  • November 9, 2017

    Imax Can't Escape Arbitration Awards, Fla. Court Told

    A Panamanian company hit back Wednesday against Imax Corp.’s Florida federal court bid to vacate arbitral awards stemming from a dispute over an agreement to roll out Imax theaters in Latin America, saying the large-format film company is trying to relitigate arguments that failed before the tribunal.

  • November 9, 2017

    Guatemala Says $29M Award Over Electricity Tariffs Is Void

    Guatemala asked a D.C. federal court on Wednesday to nix a bid to enforce a $29 million International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes award issued to a U.S. company over electricity tariffs, arguing the company is trying to enforce annulled claims. 

  • November 9, 2017

    Oil Co.'s Bid To Stop Citibank Escrow Payout Fails

    A Kuwait Petroleum Corp. unit on Thursday failed in its application for an interim injunction to prevent the London branch of Citibank NA from paying out the balance of a $46 million escrow account to Sanderson Capital Resources Ltd. until the oil company has resolved its claims against a Sanderson affiliate.

  • November 9, 2017

    Ex-UK Supreme Court President Joins London Chambers

    Lord David Neuberger, who recently retired from the post of U.K. Supreme Court president, has joined One Essex Court as an arbitrator, the London-based barristers’ set said on Thursday.

  • November 8, 2017

    UK’s Top Court Gives ‘Clear’ Sign It Backs Award Enforcement

    In resolving a technical point about where debt is “situated” under certain payment arrangements, the U.K. Supreme Court has clarified when English courts can order asset seizures in these instances and has sent a “clear message” about the importance it places on enforcing international judgments, experts say.

  • November 8, 2017

    China Reignites Market Economy Battle At WTO

    China has called for a new set of consultations with the U.S. as part of its ongoing fight at the World Trade Organization over its longstanding status as a nonmarket economy in various dumping probes after a recent aluminum determination, according to a petition released Wednesday.

  • November 8, 2017

    Pakistan Wants $800M Award To Turkish Energy Firm Nixed

    Pakistan on Tuesday filed a petition to annul an award said to be worth roughly $800 million that the International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes issued to a Turkish energy firm after the country seized a floating oil-burning power station in 2013.

  • November 8, 2017

    Afghan Subcontractor Asks 9th Circ. To Revive $1.1M Award

    An Afghan subcontractor has urged the Ninth Circuit to revive a $1.07 million arbitration award issued against a California company in a dispute stemming from U.S. government prime contracts for construction in Afghanistan, arguing that the lower court disregarded the contracts’ terms when it vacated the award.

  • November 8, 2017

    Ex-UK Supreme Court Judge Joins Chambers' Arbitration Arm

    London-based barristers' set Quadrant Chambers announced on Wednesday that former U.K. Supreme Court judge Lord Anthony Clarke has joined as an arbitrator.

Expert Analysis

  • Series

    Notes From A Law Firm Chief Privacy Officer: Balancing Act

    Kristin Jones

    As the role of law firm chief privacy officer becomes more prevalent and expansive, many CPOs are finding themselves in the midst of a delicate balancing act — weighing compliance with government regulations and client requirements on one side with the needs of firm business on the other, says Kristin Jones, chief privacy officer for Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young LLP.

  • How The IPad Can Be A Litigator's Best Friend

    Paul Kiesel

    New mobile computing tools — both hardware and applications — are changing the technology paradigm for legal practitioners. In particular, the combination of the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, the Apple Pencil and the LiquidText annotation app can revolutionize both trial preparation and courtroom litigating, says attorney Paul Kiesel, in his latest review of tech trends.

  • Series

    Notes From A Law Firm Chief Privacy Officer: CPO Vs. CISO

    Mark McCreary

    To understand the role of the law firm chief privacy officer — and why that person ought to be a lawyer — it’s important to distinguish the role they fill from that of the chief information security officer, says Mark McCreary, chief privacy officer for Fox Rothschild LLP.

  • 5 Questions To Ask Before Entering Joint-Representation AFA

    Natalie Hanlon Leh

    One growing trend is for clients to enter into alternative fee arrangements in which one law firm represents multiple parties who “share” fees and costs in a related matter. This way parties can more efficiently manage a matter and reduce their individual legal fees. But joint representation is not without its own risks and challenges, say attorneys with WilmerHale.

  • Legal Incubators Can Help New Lawyers And Society

    Martin Pritikin

    Legal incubators serve as an important bridge to practice and a crucial step toward aligning the incentives of new lawyers with the needs of their clients. They may even pose a threat to the traditional law school model itself, and that's not necessarily a bad thing, says Martin Pritikin, dean of Concord Law School at Kaplan University.

  • How To Prioritize Your Law Firm's Crisis Response Plan

    Michelle Samuels

    If the media is going to cover your law firm’s crisis, they are going to cover it with or without your firm’s input. But your involvement can help shape the story and improve your firm’s image in the public eye, says Michelle Samuels, vice president of public relations at Jaffe.

  • Weekly Column

    Innovating For Wise Juries: Closing Argument

    Stephen Susman

    In the final article in this series on proposed innovations to the American jury trial, Stephen Susman, Richard Lorren Jolly and Dr. Roy Futterman of the NYU School of Law Civil Jury Project sum up the improvements they believe the U.S. jury system desperately needs.

  • 5 Questions All AFAs Should Answer Clearly

    Gregory Lantier

    While no particular form is required to establish a durable alternative fee arrangement, there are terms that should, for the benefit of both client and outside attorney, be expressly set forth in the agreement itself, but are often overlooked, say attorneys with WilmerHale.

  • Cybersecurity Risks In The Courtroom

    Daniel Garrie

    As cybercriminals continue to look for easy targets, the court system will surely enter their crosshairs. If judges and court personnel do not maintain proper data security and cyber hygiene, confidential litigant information can fall into the hands of a wide variety of bad actors, say Daniel Garrie of JAMS, David Cass of IBM Cloud, Joey Johnson of Premise Health Inc. and Richard Rushing of Motorola Mobility LLC.

  • CIMLA And The Confusion Around Maritime Liens

    Brian Maloney

    Although the Commercial Instruments and Maritime Lien Act was enacted to clarify confusion regarding the rights and remedies of participants in the shipping industry, recent global insolvencies of entities such as O.W. Bunker and Hanjin have forced courts to reconsider the text, history and purpose of a seemingly straightforward federal statute, say Brian Maloney and Laura Miller of Seward & Kissel LLP.