While the Trump administration’s travel ban excluding people from certain Muslim-majority countries has prompted some parties to situate international arbitrations elsewhere, experts say these concerns are unlikely to dampen the popularity of the U.S. as an arbitration venue in the long run.
Amro, Société Générale, BNP Paribas and five other global banks with commodities operations have sued eight executives of bankrupt cocoa firm Transmar Commodity Group Ltd. in New Jersey federal court, claiming the struggling firm gave the banks false information about its financial condition as it sought to enter into a $360 million credit agreement.
Holland & Knight LLP has hired five Jones Day veterans for its Mexico City office in a move that bolsters its roster of attorneys experienced in a wide variety of commercial sectors, the firm announced recently.
Vietnam has urged the World Trade Organization to allow a consultation with the United States in the countries’ long-simmering dispute over frozen fish fillets, arguing that American anti-dumping measures have run afoul of international treaties.
A subsidiary of one of Mongolia's largest coal producers has been ordered by a Hong Kong arbitral tribunal to repay $11.5 million to a commodities firm following a dispute stemming from a coal supply agreement, according to a Thursday notice.
Ireland — spotting an England-size Brexit gap in English-speaking countries practicing common law within the European Union — is launching an initiative to promote itself as global center for international legal solutions, the country’s bar association said on Wednesday.
Canada's sweeping World Trade Organization case targeting core pillars of U.S. trade law is a bold move that experts view as a direct response to the Trump administration's aggressive posture in both the North American Free Trade Agreement talks and elsewhere in the larger trading landscape.
Canadian mining company Crystallex said Wednesday it will ask the Third Circuit to reconsider a ruling that it cannot sue the Delaware subsidiary of Venezuela's national oil company to collect a $1.39 billion arbitral award over a canceled mining contract, saying lower courts are split on whether the subsidiary was wrongly targeted.
A German pharmaceutical company asked a New York state court Wednesday to bar King & Spalding LLP from representing two animal vaccine manufacturers in international arbitration stemming from a license agreement relating to vaccine transport technology, saying the firm was previously its own "trusted counsel."
The U.S. Supreme Court won't review an Eleventh Circuit decision confirming an international arbitral award favoring a U.S. developer following a dispute with an Israeli real estate company, despite arguments that the circuit court gave the arbitrator too much deference on a venue question, according to a Monday notice.
Qatar is seeking to end a blockade imposed by three neighboring Persian Gulf nations and Egypt through international arbitration, the Qatari foreign ministry said Wednesday.
Venezuela is looking to disqualify the president of a committee deciding whether to annul an arbitral award dismissing claims brought against it by a Barbadian fiduciary services firm, which claimed to have suffered more than $200 million in losses after its investments in the tourism and hospitality industries were expropriated.
Mayer Brown LLP has hired a 30-year litigation veteran from Norton Rose Fulbright in its Houston office, where he’ll focus on financial and insurance-related cases.
The Canadian government has launched a sweeping World Trade Organization complaint against a litany of U.S. trade practices, alleging nearly 200 violations of WTO rules by U.S. investigators reaching back more than 20 years, according to documents published Wednesday.
Canada can move forward with a challenge to an arbitral award finding it liable under the North American Free Trade Agreement for rejecting a Delaware mining company’s Nova Scotia quarry and marine terminal project on environmental grounds, a Canadian appeals court ruled Monday.
Orbital ATK asked a Minnesota federal court Monday to force Heckler & Koch GmbH to cough up documents in its $27 million lawsuit over a U.S. Army contract dispute, arguing the German weapons giant is intentionally trying to slow the case down while it appeals a partial arbitration denial to the Eighth Circuit.
The Court of Arbitration for Sport said Tuesday that it’s registered appeals from 42 Russian athletes banned by the International Olympic Committee for doping at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, according to a statement.
A World Bank tribunal has awarded Lithuanian energy company UAB E Energija approximately €3.7 million ($4.41 million) after local authorities in Latvia prematurely terminated a lease agreement to review, upgrade and operate a municipal heating system, Law360 has learned.
K&L Gates LLP has snagged a trio of London-based oil and gas litigators from Ince & Co., including the former global head of its energy practice, making it eight energy partners that K&L Gates has brought aboard since June.
A Dutch court on Friday affirmed its ruling freezing Kazakhstan's interest in a consortium relating to one of the largest offshore oilfields in the Caspian Sea, a win for two Moldovan oil and gas investors looking to collect a more than $506 million arbitral award against the country, the investors said Monday.
A recent U.K. white paper indicates a sensible retreat from the government's previous redline of taking back control from the Court of Justice of the European Union. The government has recognized that in order to ensure legal certainty and equal treatment for businesses and individuals, the CJEU must continue to play a considerable, if indirect, role in the U.K., says Mathew Rea of Bryan Cave LLP.
Clients are beginning to expect and demand that their external lawyers provide advice tailored to the client's industry. Aside from this, law firms should want to move toward a sector approach because industry-focused groups are a natural place for cross-practice collaboration to flourish, say Heidi Gardner and Anusia Gillespie of Harvard Law School.
In their new book, "The Judge: 26 Machiavellian Lessons," do Ronald Collins and David Skover prove their thesis that hypocrisy is the key to judicial greatness? Some of the examples they present are hard to dispute, says Judge Alex Kozinski of the Ninth Circuit.
Financial Crisis Anniversary
After nearly a decade of recession-accelerated change in the legal industry, “merit-based” compensation has largely come to mean measuring attorney success using some combination of origination and working attorney hours metrics. However, there are signs that the real impact of the recession is still around the corner, and that building a book isn’t enough, says Peter Zeughauser of Zeughauser Group.
While it lends more than $100 million each year to our nation’s college students — including law students — the U.S. Department of Education surprisingly limits loan counseling to one-time entrance counseling for first-time student borrowers. Is this rational? asks Christopher Chapman, president of AccessLex Institute, a nonprofit focused on access to legal education.
In recent years, all of the major arbitral institutions have introduced an emergency arbitration procedure, yet studies suggest that parties rarely avail themselves of emergency arbitration and instead turn to local courts in times of crisis. Attorneys with Kirkland & Ellis LLP explore several considerations when determining where to pursue emergency relief.
The shift to electronic filing has somewhat eased the task of reviewing briefs and their supporting files. An e-brief takes e-filing to the next level, says Christine Falcicchio, a principal at Strut Legal Inc.
Asian-Americans are the fastest-growing minority in the legal profession, but recent studies confirm their underrepresentation among partners, prosecutors, judges and law school administrators. We must take action, say Goodwin Liu, associate justice of the California Supreme Court, and Ajay Mehrotra of the American Bar Foundation.
Judge Shira Scheindlin recently published an op-ed in The New York Times discussing the statistical truth that law firms have poor representation of female attorneys as first-chair trial lawyers. Backed by data collected by the New York State Bar Association, Judge Scheindlin’s observation is not merely anecdotal. But it doesn’t have to be inevitable, says Sarah Rathke, a partner and trial lawyer at Squire Patton Boggs LLP.
If conducted properly, depositions can be a powerful tool. At times, though, opposing counsel employ tactics to impede the examiner’s ability to obtain unfiltered, proper testimony from the deponent. By knowing and effectively using applicable rules and case law, however, deposing attorneys can take specific steps to combat these tactics, say attorneys with Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC.