International Arbitration

  • September 02, 2022

    Cruise Cos. Face Damages Trial In Cuban Dock Fight

    A Florida federal judge has consolidated a former Havana port owner's suits against four cruise companies facing a possible damages trial after ruling in March that they engaged in prohibited tourism and trafficking activities in Cuba.

  • September 02, 2022

    Air Liquide Sells Russian Biz As Sanctions Hit

    French natural gas supplier Air Liquide SA said on Friday that it is ending its operations in Russia by selling the business to local management for an undisclosed price, as Western sanctions imposed after the invasion of Ukraine continue to bite.

  • September 01, 2022

    WTO Panel Halts Canada's Canola Seed Spat With China

    The World Trade Organization has suspended its investigation, effective Wednesday, of a dispute between Canada and China over Beijing's restrictions on canola seed imports, after Canada asked the panel probing the conflict to pause its work.

  • September 01, 2022

    Noncompliant Broadcaster Gets Final Warning In MLB Spat

    A New York federal judge on Thursday gave Dominican broadcaster Telemicro a "final warning" after the media company has spent months ignoring court orders to produce relevant documents and avoiding a $6 million court-ordered payment to MLB for unpaid licensing and other fees.

  • September 01, 2022

    Ex-Head Of Arbitration At Shook Hardy Starts Own Firm

    The former chair of Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP's global arbitration practice group has announced that he is striking out on his own, establishing a disputes firm in Miami where he will continue his advocacy and arbitrator work.

  • September 01, 2022

    Reinsurers Fight GE Arb. Bid In $28M Turbine Damage Dispute

    Several reinsurers urged a Georgia federal court to toss General Electric's bid to arbitrate their $28 million subrogation action over a gas turbine failure at an Algerian power plant, arguing there is no contract between the plant's owner and the energy giant to begin with.

  • September 01, 2022

    Tortilla Co. Affiliates Say Venezuela Must Pay $500M Award

    Two affiliates of Mexican tortilla producer Gruma SAB de CV want a D.C. federal court to enforce their $500 million arbitral award against Venezuela, citing a magistrate judge's conclusion last month that the underlying arbitration was conducted fairly.

  • September 01, 2022

    Eversheds Sutherland Hires Disputes Pro From Freeths

    Eversheds Sutherland has hired a senior disputes expert from Freeths LLP as a new partner at the firm's Leeds office, where he will specialize in construction and engineering.

  • August 31, 2022

    GOP Sens. Cite China's Influence In Opposing New WTO Body

    Three Republican senators have called on U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai to oppose efforts to restore the World Trade Organization's Appellate Body for international trade disputes, which has been frozen since 2019 due to a lack of judges, arguing the body would be unduly influenced by the Chinese government.

  • August 31, 2022

    Laos Ditches Suit Over Failed Casino Venture, For Now

    The government of Laos has dropped its attempt in Idaho federal court to enforce a $3.7 million arbitration award against a businessman and his company over an ill-fated casino venture, one day after a federal judge ruled she lacked jurisdiction over the claim.

  • August 31, 2022

    Venezuelan Co. Loses Discovery Bid In Caterpillar Fight

    A Texas federal judge has denied a discovery bid by a former Venezuelan dealer for Caterpillar Inc. to subpoena a Houston-based dealership for the construction and mining equipment manufacturer as the ex-dealer pursues a judicial proceeding in Switzerland against the company.

  • August 31, 2022

    PE Firm Says No Subpoena In Fight Over Austrian Packing Co.

    Private equity firm Lindsay Goldberg is fighting efforts to subpoena it for information aimed at fleshing out criminal complaints in Europe stemming from the $260 million sale of an Austrian packaging company, saying a rival party actually wants the information for an arbitration.

  • August 31, 2022

    Lone Star Wins $216M In Long-Running Fight With S. Korea

    An international tribunal ordered South Korea on Wednesday to pay $216.5 million to Texas-based private equity firm Lone Star Funds following a decade-old dispute stemming from the sale of the firm's controlling stake in Korea Exchange Bank, an award that left both sides dissatisfied.

  • August 30, 2022

    Canada Follows Through On Vow To Challenge Lumber Duties

    Canada made good on its threat to challenge the legality of U.S. duties on its lumber exports, filing a notice on Monday to have its dispute settled under the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement.

  • August 30, 2022

    Telecom Shareholders Want Tribunal DQ'd In Fight For Control

    The majority shareholders in a Latin American telecommunications tower operator are asking a New York court to disqualify the entire tribunal overseeing an arbitration over an alleged corporate coup, according to documents removed to federal court.

  • August 30, 2022

    Court Bars Atty From Arbitration Over $3M Tax Fraud Scheme

    A Chinese real estate investor involved in a $3 million tax fraud scheme convinced a California federal court to enjoin his former attorney from participating in a related arbitration initiated without the investor's consent.

  • August 30, 2022

    9th Circ. Won't Revisit Orrick-Jones Day Feud

    Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP was unable to convince the Ninth Circuit to clarify that the firm can still raise more dismissal challenges before the trial court after losing an appeal from Jones Day challenging Orrick's refusal to provide testimony in an international arbitration hearing.

  • August 30, 2022

    Ontier Hires Caribbean Commercial Disputes Pro

    Ontier LLP has hired a senior commercial litigation and insolvency expert from Cayman Islands law firm Priestleys as a partner in its London office, where he will represent companies and high-value individuals in multijurisdictional disputes.

  • August 29, 2022

    Insurers Can Arbitrate $7.9M In La. Hurricane Damage Claims

    A textile mill must arbitrate with its insurers over nearly $7.9 million in claimed commercial property damages related to hurricanes Laura and Delta, a Louisiana federal court ordered.

  • August 29, 2022

    Insurer Gets Partial Award Confirmation In Phillips 66 Dispute

    A New York federal judge confirmed an arbitral award ordering Phillips 66 to pay back German insurer HDI Global SE over $725,000, but refused to confirm a second award establishing the timeline by which the petroleum company must submit claims to the insurer.

  • August 29, 2022

    Indian Court Sets Aside $1.3B Award In Satellite Deal Fight

    A court in India on Monday set aside a $1.3 billion arbitral award issued to satellite company Devas Multimedia Pvt. Ltd. following a decade-old dispute with India's space agency over a nixed telecommunications deal, concluding that the award was marred by fraud.

  • August 29, 2022

    Greece's Suit Over Faulty Cameras Too Late, US Says

    The U.S. government has pushed to quash a suit from the Greek military over a $23 million surveillance camera sale that went bust, telling the U.S. Court of Federal Claims that Athens is too late.

  • August 29, 2022

    Kazakhstan Loses Suit Over $506M Oil Investor Award

    Kazakhstan on Monday lost its lawsuit accusing a hedge fund of conspiring with Moldovan oil and gas investors to secure an allegedly fraudulent arbitral award of about $506 million after a New York judge ruled that the litigation was an "impermissible collateral attack of a confirmed arbitral award."

  • August 29, 2022

    Oil Co. Says Ecopetrol Tax Award Shouldn't Be Reconsidered

    A Houston-based oil company told a New York federal court it shouldn't have to reimburse Colombia's state-owned oil company, Ecopetrol, for tax claims beyond arbitral awards approved by a tribunal, seeking denial of Ecopetrol's bid to negate the awards.

  • August 26, 2022

    Atty Faces Contempt For Going AWOL In $18B Chevron Suit

    An attorney facing sanctions for allegedly fabricating a news article to bolster his clients' efforts to enforce an $18 billion arbitral award against Chevron may now also be facing contempt charges and disciplinary proceedings after he failed to appear for a hearing in Southern California on Friday.

Expert Analysis

  • The Importance Of Data And Data Analysis In Litigation

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    Understanding, analyzing and effectively presenting large data sets is an increasingly important skill in litigation as it allows plaintiffs to dramatically scale up the scope of cases and is often critical to defeating motions to dismiss and motions for summary judgment, says David Burnett at Motley Rice.

  • High Court Discovery Ruling Will Transform Int'l Arbitration

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    A U.S. Supreme Court decision this week slams the door on Section 1782 discovery in private international arbitration, leaving the status of other arbitral bodies involving treaties or intergovernmental elements in flux, and increasing the importance of selecting the forum and adjudicative body to resolve potential disputes, say attorneys at Hogan Lovells.

  • Steps Companies Can Take To Mitigate Privilege Labeling Risk

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    Although Google prevailed on a recent privilege labeling sanctions motion, an important takeaway from the decision is that companies should assess their in-house procedures and employee training programs regarding privileged communications to mitigate risks of the potential appearance of bad faith privilege claims, say Gareth Evans at Redgrave and e-discovery attorney James Hertsch.

  • What Litigation Funding Disclosure In Delaware May Look Like

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    A standing order issued by Delaware's chief federal judge requiring litigants to disclose whether their cases or defenses are being financed by third parties is unlikely to have onerous effects but may raise questions regarding potential conflicts of interest and access to justice, say Cayse Llorens and Matthew Oxman at LexShares.

  • Scope Of Russia's New Blocking Sanctions Is Unclear

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    Russia's recently introduced measures to block transactions with 31 energy companies may substantially extend the purview of its existing economic sanctions, but until the federation issues official guidance about how the measures apply to existing contracts, the practical consequences must be determined on a case-by-case basis, say attorneys at Morgan Lewis.

  • How In-House Legal Leaders Can Drive Corporate Growth

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    Today, more executives are seeking legal leaders who are strategic, adaptable thinkers, making it essential that in-house counsel get out of their comfort zone of legal advice and take several steps to contribute toward revenue growth and raise their profile, says Tim Parilla at LinkSquares.

  • Attorneys Should Tread Carefully On Job Counteroffers

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    Promises of more compensation to keep attorneys from leaving their jobs have become commonplace in today's hot job market, but lawyers should weigh their options carefully as accepting a counteroffer can negatively affect their reputation, says Leeron Molloy at VOYlegal.

  • Series

    The Future Of Legal Ops: Time To Get Serious About Data

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    Most corporate legal departments collect surface-level data around their operations, such as costs and time to resolution, but legal leaders should explore more in-depth data gathering to assess how effective an attorney was, how efficiently legal work was performed, and more, says Andy Krebs at Intel.

  • Court Decisions Render Paris Less Appealing For Arbitration

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    The Paris Court of Appeal recently set aside two arbitral awards on the grounds that the tribunals lacked jurisdiction due to incompatibility with EU law, so investors seeking to minimize obstacles in the recognition or enforcement of awards may not choose Paris as their seat for investor-state arbitration, says Tomas Vail at Vail Dispute Resolution.

  • Opinion

    ABA Isn't Giving Up On Diversity Efforts By Ending CLE Rule

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    While some view the American Bar Association’s elimination of continuing legal education diversity requirements as capitulating to a Florida Supreme Court decision against the mandate, it was a strategic decision to serve Florida members while improving diversity, equity and inclusion efforts in other ways, says Tiffani Lee at Holland & Knight.

  • Lateral Candidate Screening Steps To Prevent Bad Behavior

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    Bullying and harassment are among the root causes of stress, anxiety and substance abuse in the legal profession, so law firms should take four actions to effectively screen lateral candidates and ensure they are not recruiting individuals who could jeopardize the well-being of their people, says Michael Ellenhorn at Decipher.

  • How Russia Sanctions Are Affecting Compliance

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    The wide-ranging sanctions and export controls that the U.S. and its partners have imposed on Russia in recent months pose complex compliance challenges for commercial operations, investments and financial transactions, even when there is not a direct or obvious nexus with Russia, say Anthony Rapa and Matthew Thomas at Blank Rome.

  • A Look At The Legal Profession Since Murder Of George Floyd

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    Little has changed for Black attorneys since law firms promised to combat discrimination within the profession following George Floyd's murder, but on this second anniversary of his death, law firms can recommit by adopting specific strategies that set their Black lawyers up for success, say Lisa Davis and Khasim Lockhart at Frankfurt Kurnit.

  • Opinion

    NY Ruling Correctly Deems Legal Finance Docs Irrelevant

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    A New York appeals court's recent decision in Worldview Entertainment v. Woodrow joins a growing trend of decisions denying discovery of litigation funding documents, highlighting that commercial legal finance should be treated just like any other financing in commercial litigation, says Andrew Cohen at Burford Capital.

  • Overcommunicate With Your Summer Associates This Year

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    2022 summer associates have had limited opportunities for professional interactions due to the pandemic, so supervising attorneys should prioritize intentional overcommunication by emphasizing importance of tone and content of emails, sharing feedback immediately, and more, says Julie Schrager at Faegre Drinker.

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