International Arbitration

  • September 20, 2022

    Asia Disputes Star Jern-Fei Ng KC Relocates To Singapore

    A King's Counsel described in legal directories as "one of the biggest names for Asia-related arbitration" has added a third country affiliation to his arsenal, announcing on Tuesday his admission to the Singapore Bar.

  • September 20, 2022

    MVP: Jones Day's Melissa Stear Gorsline

    As co-lead counsel for a Canadian gold mining company seeking nearly $1 billion in arbitration against Kazakhstan, Melissa Stear Gorsline of Jones Day helped obtain a landmark ruling last year recognizing the Kazakh government as a legal successor to the Soviet Union, earning her a spot among Law360's 2022 International Arbitration MVPs.

  • September 19, 2022

    Goldman Execs' $79.5M Deal Over Investors' 1MDB Suit OK'd

    A New York federal judge has preliminarily approved a $79.5 million payout from a slate of current and former Goldman Sachs directors to end a putative shareholder class action claiming the billion-dollar 1MDB fraud scheme is a result of their repeated shirking of duties to the bank.

  • September 19, 2022

    Oilfield Investors Say Mexico Owes $200M For Axed Contracts

    A trio of American companies say Mexico owes them at least $200 million for abandoning their plans to tap a large oilfield, accusing public officials of "retaliatory behavior" that included seeking a hefty performance bond from the companies after giving them a spurious work order.

  • September 19, 2022

    Debt Investors Allege Congo Corruption In Bid To Net $30M

    An investment firm that purchases sovereign debt claims has filed a lawsuit against the Democratic Republic of Congo and several nongovernment organizations to collect on judgments totaling over $30 million, claiming that the country's top officials engaged in a conspiracy to embezzle government funds for personal gain and evade the settlement.

  • September 19, 2022

    Danish Co. Gets €10M Award Confirmed In Fraud Case

    A Michigan federal judge on Monday confirmed a Danish investment company's €10 million arbitral award, worth $13.7 million with interest, against an Arkansas-based entity that it says "simply stole" money purportedly meant for a structured-finance advising program.

  • September 19, 2022

    Ex-Parent Co. Denies Liability For Hotel's $60M Award

    The former parent company of the manager of a luxury hotel in Casablanca, Morocco, has asked a Delaware federal court to nix the hotel owner's bid to hold it liable for a nearly $60 million arbitral award, saying the owner hasn't met the criteria necessary to establish alter ego liability.

  • September 19, 2022

    MVP: Dechert's Eduardo Silva Romero

    Eduardo Silva Romero of Dechert LLP helped shape his firm's approach to the complex interplay between arbitration and European Union law while serving as lead counsel for the Republic of Poland's defense against investor claims before the Paris Court of Appeal, earning him a spot among Law360's 2022 International Arbitration MVPs.

  • September 16, 2022

    Filipino Nurse Sues Staffing Co. Over 'Weaponized' Arbitration

    A Filipino nurse accused a New York-based staffing company of forcing him to sign an illegal, "predatory" arbitration agreement that threatened to financially ruin him after he quit working at a nursing home, according to a lawsuit filed in New York federal court. 

  • September 16, 2022

    Jones Walker Welcomes New Maritime Litigation Partner

    Jones Walker LLP has added a new partner with more than 20 years of trial experience to its maritime practice group.

  • September 16, 2022

    Arbitration Technology Conference Touches On AI, Metaverse

    Could arbitration take place by hologram in the next decade, or perhaps in the metaverse? Will robot arbitrators be conducting arbitrations? These were some ideas discussed during the inaugural Future of Technology in Arbitration conference in London on Friday.

  • September 16, 2022

    HNA Drops Appeal Of $185.4M Award To SL Green At 245 Park

    After taking ownership of 245 Park Ave. in Manhattan last week, realty giant SL Green saw Chinese conglomerate HNA Group drop an appeal over a finding that it should pay $185.4 million for violating an agreement governing SL Green's investment in the 44-story tower.

  • September 16, 2022

    Departing Mich. Chief Justice Calls For More Diverse Bench

    Michigan Supreme Court Chief Justice Bridget McCormack, set to lead a major arbitration group next year, called Friday for younger and more diverse appointments to the Michigan Supreme Court as Gov. Gretchen Whitmer decides whom she will select as her replacement.

  • September 16, 2022

    MVP: Arnold & Porter's Maria Chedid

    Arnold & Porter partner Maria Chedid led the team representing South Korean power producer POSCO Energy in a pair of arbitrations initiated by a U.S. fuel cell technology company in which $1 billion in claims were resolved in a favorable settlement, earning her a spot among Law360's 2022 International Arbitration MVPs.

  • September 15, 2022

    Nigeria Wins Doc Bid For English Trial In $10B Award Fight

    A New York federal judge has given Nigeria permission to seek additional information from an asset manager as it pursues litigation in England to set aside an allegedly fraudulent $10 billion arbitral award relating to an ill-fated natural gas processing plant project.

  • September 15, 2022

    Ukrainian Courts OK'd Loans In Laundering Case, Judge Told

    Two men accused of helping launder money stolen from a Ukrainian bank told a Florida federal judge that courts in Ukraine have already found the transactions were aboveboard, even as U.S. prosecutors argue the foreign judgments simply aim to frustrate their civil forfeiture case.

  • September 15, 2022

    2nd Circ. Won't Push $881M Cannabis IP Fight Into Arbitration

    The Second Circuit on Thursday affirmed a lower court's decision rebuffing biotechnology company Amyris' arbitration bid in cannabinoid maker Lavvan's $881 million patent and trade secrets suit over cannabis development, ruling that a research agreement between the companies doesn't clearly warrant the arbitration.

  • September 15, 2022

    Cessna Slams UAE Property Co.'s Bid To Escape $95M Award

    An affiliate of business-jet firm Cessna has asked a New York federal judge to deny a United Arab Emirates property management firm's attempts to escape enforcement of a $95 million arbitral award in connection with an Emirati family that allegedly controls the firm.

  • September 15, 2022

    Mexican Workers Use US Trade Pact Tool To Unionize

    Employees at a Mexican automotive plant have organized under a union of their choice after the successful resolution of their workers' rights complaints through a U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement mechanism, U.S. officials said.

  • September 15, 2022

    6 Questions For Signature's Paris Arbitration Head Flore Poloni

    Signature Litigation's international arbitration chief Flore Poloni talks to Law360 about why she left M&A for globe-trotting arbitration enforcement, the trends she sees in in the field and the challenges that come with managing both a caseload and a team.

  • September 14, 2022

    €190M Award Fans Flames Against Investor-State Arbitration

    An international tribunal's award last month of €190 million to a British energy company after Italy banned oil and gas projects off its coastline has provided more fuel to a movement in Europe to end investor-state arbitration, even as others say the tribunal simply upheld the rule of law.

  • September 14, 2022

    European Commission Plans Crackdown On Forced Labor

    The European Union's executive body announced Wednesday that it plans to ban products in EU markets that are made with forced labor, saying the proposal covers products for domestic consumption and export as well as imported goods but doesn't target specific companies or industries.

  • September 14, 2022

    Offshore Wind Developer Wants $333M For Scrapped Contract

    An American wind energy developer says Ontario has scrapped its long-suspended contract for an offshore wind farm and argues that Canada owes up to $333 million for failing to protect the developer's investment, even after the country lost an arbitral fight arising from that deal.

  • September 14, 2022

    US Indicts 3 Iranians In Massive Hacking, Ransom Scheme

    The U.S. Department of Justice unsealed an indictment Wednesday charging three Iranian nationals with carrying out cyberattacks on hundreds of victims, including a New Jersey town, electric utility companies in Indiana and Mississippi, and a state bar association.

  • September 14, 2022

    Mich. Chief Justice Exiting Top Court To Lead Arb. Association

    Departing Michigan Supreme Court Chief Justice Bridget Mary McCormack will be the next president of the American Arbitration Association-International Centre for Dispute Resolution, the group said Tuesday.

Expert Analysis

  • A Law Firm's Guide To Avoiding Client Conflicts

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    With the pace of law firm mergers accelerating, Mark Hinderks at Stinson reviews the conflict of interest rules that may derail a deal or cause a firm to lose a new or existing client, and how courts have filled in perceived gaps in the rules.

  • Understanding DC Circ.'s Agency Rule Withdrawal Debate

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    The D.C. Circuit's recent ruling that an agency must provide notice and an opportunity for comment when withdrawing a rule that has been filed for public inspection but not yet published in the Federal Register features a vigorous debate on the "point of no return" issue that has significant practical consequences whenever there is a change in administration, says Steven Gordon at Holland & Knight.

  • Considerations For Associates As Lateral Hiring Cools Down

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    Law firms are offering fewer signing bonuses and moving back to slower, more deliberate interview processes — a cue for associates to follow suit and consider the long-term advantages of a move instead of short-term financial gain, says Leeron Molloy at VOYlegal.

  • Justices' EPA Ruling Didn't Move Needle On Chevron Doctrine

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    Though some suggest the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision in West Virginia v. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency marked the end of a doctrine requiring judicial deference to federal regulators, the ruling merely articulated well-developed precedent on the limits of agency authority, say Dan Wolff and Eryn Howington at Crowell & Moring.

  • Ethics Lessons From The Alex Jones Discovery Debacle

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    The botched production of a cache of texts and emails prior to Alex Jones' defamation trial, and a failure to take corrective actions, should remind attorneys of the potential pitfalls of discovery, their professional responsibilities throughout the process, and the possibility of severe sanctions, say attorneys at Harris Wiltshire.

  • Combating Implicit Bias In Alternative Dispute Resolution

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    Alternative dispute resolution requires a high degree of trust and belief that proceedings will be fair, so confronting implicit associations among neutrals through systemic and personal efforts is even more important in the ADR world, say arbitrators and mediators at JAMS.

  • How The Metaverse Will Affect Business And Legal Processes

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    It is time to start thinking about virtual reality's effects on cybersecurity, business dealings, case strategy and more, as the metaverse takes shape and organizations open banks, host law firm offices and create retail strategies digitally, says Samantha Green at Epiq. 

  • Navigating Arbitral Subpoenas In A Post-COVID Landscape

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    Courts’ mixed enforcement during the pandemic of physical presence and territorial requirements for arbitral subpoenas shows that the rules were not built for a virtual world, making it critical for lawyers to understand the possible limitations on third-party evidence, say Emily Kirsch and Craig Tarasoff at Kirsch & Niehaus.

  • How Lawyers Can Set Ethical Boundaries Post-Pandemic

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    The COVID-19 pandemic and remote work have made it harder for lawyers to leave their problems at the office, so legal professionals must establish and adhere to ethical boundaries in order to combat increasing levels of stress and burnout, says Jennifer Gibbs at Zelle.

  • A Lawyer's Guide To Collecting Fees From Nonpaying Clients

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    You've done the work and sent the bill, but haven't been paid. What do you do? Joshua Wurtzel at Schlam Stone offers recommendations on how lawyers — from solo practitioners to BigLaw partners — can avoid leaving significant receivables on the table from clients who have the ability to pay.

  • How Lawyers Can Benefit From TikTok Without Being 'Cringe'

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    TikTok should be on every attorney's radar as a digital branding opportunity, but it's important to understand the app and some best practices before diving in, says Cecillia Xie at Yale University.

  • Must Your Client Pay An Opponent's Expert For Prep Time?

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    For parties seeking discovery from an opponent's expert, the law on compensating the expert for preparation time is not settled, and in certain jurisdictions, there are strong arguments that favor avoiding or at least limiting such fee shifting, say Gregory Ruehlmann and Nicholas Mecsas-Faxon at King & Spalding.

  • Balancing State, Investor Interests In The Energy Transition

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    While governments around the world are increasingly taking action to encourage the shift from fossil fuels to renewable energy, they must also respect the rights of companies and investors affected by the transition — and recent investor-state disputes in this area provide valuable lessons for what lies ahead, says Sven Volkmer at White & Case.

  • 2nd Circ. Ruling Offers Clarity For Annulled Arbitral Awards

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    A recent Second Circuit ruling not to enforce an annulled arbitral award against two units of oil companies in Nigeria elucidates the legal standard for whether to enforce such awards in the primary jurisdiction, cementing the return to a more deferential standard for enforcement, say attorneys at Cleary.

  • Opinion

    Bar Exam Policies On Menstruation Still Fall Short

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    While many states have taken steps to address long-standing and problematic bar exam policies on menstruation and menstrual products, the changes do not go far enough to remove the continued disadvantages menstruating test takers face, highlighting the need for comprehensive and quick action ahead of this month's exams, say law professors Margaret Johnson, Elizabeth Cooper and Marcy Karin.

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