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International Arbitration

  • September 19, 2018

    Ex-Yukos Shareholders Want White & Case Docs In $50B Row

    Former shareholders of OAO Yukos Oil Co. asked a New York federal court to let them subpoena White & Case LLP and its chairman, Hugh Verrier, for information to be used in a closely watched appeal in the Netherlands to revive $50 billion in arbitral awards issued against Russia following the country's 2007 dismantling of the oil giant.

  • September 19, 2018

    Canada Returns To NAFTA Table Amid GOP Frustration

    The Trump administration resumed its North American Free Trade Agreement negotiations with Canada on Wednesday as key Republican lawmakers began to express impatience with Ottawa's reluctance to join the political-level agreement between the U.S. and Mexico.

  • September 18, 2018

    Dutch Telecom Says Tech Co.'s $37M Suit Must Be Arbitrated

    Dutch telecom Veon Ltd. and its erstwhile Italian subsidiary have urged a California federal court to send to arbitration an approximately $37 million dispute with an information technology company over alleged fraud, saying the technology company is obligated to honor its contractual promise to arbitrate disputes.

  • September 18, 2018

    Chevron Wants Donziger Jailed In Fight Over $9.5B Fine

    Chevron Corp. told a New York federal court that attorney Steven Donziger, who helped procure a fraudulent $9.5 billion judgment in Ecuador over pollution in the Amazon, should be jailed if he continues refusing to transfer his interest in the proceeds of that judgment to Chevron.

  • September 18, 2018

    Mason Seeks $200M From S. Korea Over Samsung Merger

    A Mason Capital Management LLC investment fund and its general partner have launched a $200 million arbitration claim against South Korea stemming from its alleged interference in the controversial 2015 merger of two Samsung affiliates, according to documents released Tuesday by the country’s Ministry of Justice.

  • September 18, 2018

    Canadian Miner Seeks €750M From Greece Over Permit Delays

    Canadian mining company Eldorado Gold Corp. said Tuesday that its Greek subsidiary Hellas Gold SA is seeking €750 million ($877.35 million) from the Greek government for costs allegedly incurred by delays in the issuance of permits for the company’s Skouries mine.

  • September 18, 2018

    EU Lays Out Sweeping Vision For WTO Reform

    As the global trading system sags amid rising tensions between the U.S. and its partners, the European Union on Tuesday unveiled an informal proposal to reform the World Trade Organization by modernizing its rules, improving its oversight function and repairing its hobbled dispute settlement system.

  • September 17, 2018

    Energy Co. Fights Enforcement Of $21M Chinese Award

    An Oklahoma energy company urged a federal court Friday to quash five subpoena requests issued by an Asian investment firm as it looks to collect a $21 million arbitral award issued in China that's currently being challenged there, arguing that the award has not yet been confirmed and may never be.

  • September 17, 2018

    Chinese JV Says It Can't Be Forced To Arbitrate $5M Claim

    A Chinese company formed to provide businesses with market survey research has urged a New York federal judge to pause an Ohio analytics company's $5 million arbitration claim over the parties' joint venture deal in China, saying their underlying contract doesn't contain a valid arbitration clause.

  • September 17, 2018

    Ship Certification Co. Seeks OK Of Award Nixing $15M Claim

    The American Bureau of Shipping has asked a New York federal court to confirm an arbitral panel’s decision axing Bailey Shipping Ltd.’s nearly $15.1 million damages claim and awarding costs to the ship classification society in a dispute accusing ABS of misrepresenting a vessel’s condition.

  • September 17, 2018

    Soured Iraqi Oil Deal Row Must Be Arbitrated, Court Hears

    Two executives of a British Virgin Islands petroleum company said global commodities trading house Gunvor SA is improperly trying to get out of arbitrating a dispute over at least $30 million in losses stemming from a deal to transport fuel from Iraq, according to documents filed in Virginia federal court on Friday.

  • September 17, 2018

    Fruit Farm Denies It Challenged $29M Award In Bad Faith

    A Costa Rican pineapple farm has rebuked a Florida magistrate judge for recommending it pay a Del Monte unit's attorneys' fees, and instead argued that exceptional grounds warranted challenging the $29.3 million arbitration award issued to the food production and distribution company. 

  • September 14, 2018

    Gazprom Vows To Keep Fighting $2.6B Award To Ukraine Co.

    A Swedish appeals court has lifted its stay on enforcing a $2.56 billion arbitral award won by Ukraine's national oil and gas company Naftogaz in a contract dispute with Gazprom, a move the Russian natural gas giant vowed to challenge after a London court unfroze its English assets, exposing them to possible seizure by Naftogaz.

  • September 14, 2018

    Russian Wrestler's Doping Suspension Stretched To 2 Years

    The Court of Arbitration for Sport has imposed a two-year suspension on a Russian Olympic wrestler for doping, overturning a previously imposed shorter period of ineligibility, according to a statement.

  • September 14, 2018

    Balkan Energy Tells DC Circ. Ghana Can't Escape $13M Award

    British energy firm Balkan Energy and its Ghanaian subsidiary urged the D.C. Circuit on Friday to affirm the confirmation of a nearly $13.7 million arbitral award it won from Ghana following a dispute over a soured power purchase agreement, saying an argument that the dispute belongs in Ghana has no merit.

  • September 14, 2018

    Indian Telecom Co. Wants $563M Satellite Deal Award OK'd

    An Indian telecommunications company asked a Washington federal court to confirm an over $562.5 million award stemming from claims that a commercial division of its country’s space program unlawfully axed a satellite-leasing deal, saying multiple international tribunals and arbitrators have found that the termination was wrong.

  • September 14, 2018

    Chinese Lighting Co. Must Arbitrate Payment Suit, Court Hears

    A California lighting distributor urged a federal judge on Thursday to force a Chinese lighting manufacturer and its shipper to arbitrate a multimillion-dollar dispute stemming from a purchase agreement, saying their agreement includes a mandatory arbitration provision.

  • September 13, 2018

    Spain Loses Bid To DQ Arbitrator In German Co.'s Solar Row

    Spain has lost a bid to disqualify the presiding arbitrator in a dispute initiated by the German energy company Steag GmbH, which had invested in a solar power plant, over a series of energy reforms undertaken by the Spanish government.

  • September 13, 2018

    Valerus Says $2M Brazilian Energy Row Should Be Arbitrated

    A Texas energy company has urged a federal judge to reconsider whether to force a Canadian oil and gas products supplier to arbitrate a $1.9 million dispute over allegedly misappropriated profits, saying his previous decision denying the bid wrongly waded into territory reserved for the arbitrators.

  • September 13, 2018

    Nigeria's Assets Safe In Bank In $276M Dispute, Court Told

    The Central Bank of Nigeria is challenging an identity card company's attempt to recover part of a $276 million arbitration award owed by Nigeria from a JPMorgan bank account, saying in D.C. federal court the account is shielded from seizure under the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act.

Expert Analysis

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Hood Reviews 'Lawyering From The Inside Out'

    Judge Denise Hood

    Law professor Nathalie Martin's new book, "Lawyering From the Inside Out: Learning Professional Development Through Mindfulness and Emotional Intelligence," can be of value to any lawyer aiming to achieve greater productivity, relieve the stress of the legal profession and focus on goals, says U.S. District Chief Judge Denise Page Hood of the Eastern District of Michigan.

  • 3 Top E-Discovery Case Law Lessons Of 2018 (So Far)

    Casey Sullivan

    The blockbuster e-discovery cases, with big sanctions and bigger controversies, have been few and far between this year. But that doesn’t mean the legal questions around e-discovery have been answered. Let’s take a closer look at three cases worthy of our attention, says Casey Sullivan, an attorney at discovery technology provider Logikcull.

  • Opinion

    Law Schools Must Take A Stand Against Mandatory Arbitration

    Isabel Finley

    Later this week, Harvard Law students will begin bidding on interview slots with the nation’s top law firms. Our institutions owe it to their students not only to require firms to disclose mandatory arbitration provisions in new associate contracts, but also to bar employers from on-campus recruiting if they require these provisions, says Isabel Finley, a third-year student at Harvard Law School and president of the Harvard Women’s Law Association.

  • Myths And Facts About Using TAR Across Borders

    John Tredennick

    Many legal teams involved in cross-border matters still hesitate to use technology assisted review, questioning its ability to handle non-English document collections. However, with the proper expertise, modern TAR can be used with any language, including challenging Asian languages, say John Tredennick and David Sannar of Catalyst Repository Systems.

  • Roundup

    From Lawmaker To Lawyer

    From Lawmaker To Lawyer

    Earlier this year, Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., made headlines with his decision to leave Congress and return to law. ​​In this series, former members of Congress who made that move discuss how their experience on the Hill influenced their law practice.

  • Opinion

    A Trump Supreme Court Nominee Can Be Defeated

    Nan Aron

    The Senate Republican leadership and the Trump administration are racing to fill Justice Anthony Kennedy’s spot on the U.S. Supreme Court. Does opposition to their plans have any chance of success? My answer is yes, because the stakes are so high, people are so engaged, and the records of those short-listed are so deeply troubling, says Nan Aron, president of Alliance for Justice.

  • Limiting Law Firms' Professional Liability Risks: Part 3

    Stuart Pattison

    As clients increasingly look to limit their own liability exposure, they can reasonably expect that their retained counsel should do the same. In this context, a carefully crafted, thoughtfully presented engagement letter can help a law firm strike a successful balance between protecting itself and preserving a client relationship, say Stuart Pattison and John Muller of Sompo International Holdings Ltd.

  • New Stats On Millennial Attorney Disciplinary Actions

    Jean Edwards

    In this analysis of disciplinary action trends in the legal industry, Edwards Neils LLC managing member Jean Edwards examines data provided by bar organizations for 17 states and the District of Columbia.

  • Limiting Law Firms' Professional Liability Risks: Part 2

    Stuart Pattison

    With law firms increasingly exposed to professional liability risks associated with their corporate client relationships, firms must craft well-structured client engagement letters to help protect against malpractice claims. Two key elements of an engagement letter are how it defines the scope of engagement and how it handles conflicts of interest, say Stuart Pattison and John Muller of Sompo International Holdings Ltd.

  • Series

    From Lawmaker To Lawyer: Prioritizing Is Always Key

    Joe Lieberman

    Today, members of Congress often seem able to blame colleagues of the other party for not getting anything done for their constituents. In law practice, you can’t really blame a bad result for your clients on the lawyers on the other side, says former Sen. Joe Lieberman, D-Conn., of Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP.