International Arbitration

  • January 12, 2018

    Travel Ban Unlikely To Tarnish US As Arbitration Venue

    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.

  • January 12, 2018

    Big Banks Sue Bankrupt Cocoa Firm Claiming Financial Fraud

    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.

  • January 12, 2018

    Holland & Knight Hires 5 From Jones Day In Mexico City

    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.

  • January 12, 2018

    Vietnam Asks WTO For Talks With US Over Fish Tariffs

    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.

  • January 11, 2018

    Mongolian Coal Producer Unit To Pay $11.5M In Supply Row

    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.

  • January 11, 2018

    Irish Bar Promotes Int'l Legal Services Post-Brexit

    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.

  • January 11, 2018

    With New WTO Case, Canada Muscles Up Against Trump

    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.

  • January 11, 2018

    Crystallex Seeks 3rd Circ. Redo In $1.4B Venezuela Mine Row

    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.

  • January 11, 2018

    DQ King & Spalding In Vaccine Patent Row, Ex-Client Says

    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."

  • January 10, 2018

    High Court Won't Review Real Estate Arbitral Venue Dispute

    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.

  • January 10, 2018

    Qatar Seeks Arbitration To End Gulf Nations' Blockade

    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.

  • January 10, 2018

    Venezuela Aims To DQ Committee Head In Tourism Arbitration

    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.

  • January 10, 2018

    Mayer Brown Snags Ex-Norton Rose Litigation Atty In Houston

    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.

  • January 10, 2018

    Canada Targets US Trade Remedies With Massive WTO Case

    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.

  • January 9, 2018

    Canada Challenge To Nova Scotia Quarry Award Can Proceed

    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.

  • January 9, 2018

    Orbital Seeks Docs From Heckler & Koch In $27M Army Suit

    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.

  • January 9, 2018

    Sanctioned For Doping, 42 Russian Athletes Appeal Bans

    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.

  • January 9, 2018

    Latvia Must Pay €3.7M For Nixing Heating System Lease

    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.

  • January 9, 2018

    K&L Gates Grabs Energy Litigator Trio From Ince In London

    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.

  • January 8, 2018

    Kazakhstan Assets To Stay Frozen In $506M Award Row

    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.

Expert Analysis

  • UK Acknowledges Partial EU High Court Jurisdiction

    Mathew Rea

    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.

  • Law Firms Must Transition To An Industry Sector Approach

    Heidi Gardner

    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.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Kozinski Reviews 'The Judge'

    Judge Alex Kozinski

    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

    New Post-Recession Metrics For BigLaw Partner Success

    Peter Zeughauser

    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.

  • Opinion

    Time To Lift Student Loan Counseling Restrictions

    Christopher Chapman

    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.

  • Strategic Considerations In Selecting Emergency Arbitration

    Javier Rubinstein

    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.

  • Why You Should Consider Hyperlinking Your Next Brief

    Christine Falcicchio

    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 Facing Challenges In The Legal Industry

    Goodwin Liu

    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.

  • A BigLaw Ladies’ Guide To Becoming A 1st-Chair Trial Lawyer

    Sarah Rathke

    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.

  • 5 Tips To Ensure Proper Deposition Behavior

    Brian McDermott

    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.