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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The European Commission told member states on Thursday to terminate redundant and outdated bilateral investment treaties with other countries in the bloc to “protect the public interest” and comply with EU law.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A new independent arbitration center in Mauritius will start operations in late July after the London Court of International Arbitration and the government of the African nation jointly decided to end their agreement that had created the country’s LCIA-MIAC Arbitration Centre.
The Cayman Islands branch of Brazilian investment bank Banco BTG Pactual SA said in documents filed with the High Court that it is entitled to demand payment of $65.4 million in debts from a mining group locked in a legal battle with the government of the African country Burkina Faso.
The Second Circuit on Tuesday backed an $8.5 million arbitration award won by a Turkish hotel investor alleging the Kyrgyz Republic colluded with a company to forcefully take over the investor’s luxury hotel in Kyrgyzstan’s capital.
A prominent Russian businesswoman who is imprisoned in Kuwait after being sentenced to 10 years of hard labor for allegedly embezzling public funds has filed a $100 million arbitration claim accusing the Persian Gulf nation of orchestrating a politically motivated campaign against her, her lawyers said Monday.
A retired Florida judge with expertise in construction law has resumed her membership on the national roster of arbitrators and mediators for the American Arbitration Association's International Centre for Dispute Resolution, the organization said Monday.
A London judge has shut down Ukraine's bid to overturn an order allowing the Russian energy company PAO Tatneft to enforce a $112 million arbitral award against it, rejecting the Eastern European country's arguments that it was immune from suit as a foreign sovereign nation.
European Union and Japanese officials on Tuesday signed a bilateral trade deal that will drop tariffs and facilitate commerce between the two economic powerhouses, voicing a strong commitment for trade liberalization as barriers persist around the globe.
The Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre has released a second draft of proposed new administered arbitration rules aimed at streamlining proceedings at the arbitration hub.
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.
In the #MeToo era, the American Bar Association’s recently passed Resolution 302 is a reminder of harassment policy best practices to all employers, and it should be of particular interest to employers in the legal industry, say attorneys with Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP.
By incorporating an explicit requirement that discovery must be “proportional to the needs of the case,” the 2015 amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure garnered much speculation as to their impact on courts’ decision-making processes. Now that the rules have been implemented for over two years, several themes have emerged, say attorneys with Buckley Sandler LLP.
The advancement in connected technologies and software has created an explosion of nontraditional data sources that present challenges to e-discovery practitioners. Many tools and techniques used to process traditional data may not be practical for these new data types, say Jason Paroff and Sagi Sam of Epiq.
Out of 94 district courts nationwide, the Eastern District of Virginia has the fastest civil trial docket in the country, now for at least the 10th straight year. The modern EDVA bench clearly takes pride in efficiently dispensing justice, and this dedication to efficiency has continued even in the face of increased filings, says Bob Tata of Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP.
The Russian doping scandal that plagued the Rio and Pyeongchang Olympics had the feeling of a roller-coaster ride because it was based, in certain critical respects, on inadmissible evidence. That unsteadiness has now been remedied by the publication of two Court of Arbitration for Sport opinions, says Ronald Katz of GCA Law Partners LLP.
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.
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.
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.
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.