International Arbitration

  • August 26, 2022

    Mexican Co. Sues Shell, Gazprom For Info In $600M LNG Spat

    The owner of a Mexican liquefied natural gas facility sought permission from a Houston federal court on Thursday to subpoena the U.S. arms of energy giants Shell and Gazprom for details on those companies' global assets as it tries to realize an arbitral award worth up to $600 million.

  • August 26, 2022

    Miami Atty Rejoins Greenberg Traurig From Holland & Knight

    A former Greenberg Traurig LLP attorney who left the firm as an associate six years ago and eventually became a partner with Holland & Knight LLP has rejoined the firm's Miami office as a shareholder in its corporate and Latin America practices.

  • August 26, 2022

    Greenwashing Draws Scrutiny From Gov't And Litigators Alike

    Increasing scrutiny by investors and regulators of companies' environmental credentials is likely to prompt more enforcement action and litigation over greenwashing allegations as the rules governing disclosure linked to climate change develop, attorneys say.

  • August 26, 2022

    US, China Complete Audit Deal, But 'True Test' Lies Ahead

    The U.S. announced a deal Friday that could resolve a decade-old spat with China by allowing American regulators to fully audit Chinese companies listed on U.S. exchanges, but officials warned that the "proof will be in the pudding" when it comes to Beijing holding up its part of the bargain.

  • August 25, 2022

    Research Platform Dispute Must Be Arbitrated, Coinbase Says

    Coinbase is arguing that Singapore-based blockchain accelerator MouseBelt Labs must arbitrate its claim accusing the popular cryptocurrency exchange and its CEO of stealing its work to launch a crowdsourced academic research platform, under the guise of making an investment.

  • August 25, 2022

    Steinmetz Won't Give Up Guinea Mining Claim Yet

    Beny Steinmetz's companies will try to revive their claim seeking billions of euros after Guinea canceled a project to mine some of the world's most valuable iron ore deposits, signaling that the Israeli billionaire has not given up his fight with the West African nation just yet.

  • August 25, 2022

    Insurers Seek Arbitration In $7.9M Hurricane Damage Suit

    A slew of insurers including certain underwriters of Lloyd's London have urged a Louisiana federal court to compel arbitration and stay legal proceedings in a hurricane damage suit brought by a cotton mill, arguing that the business agreed in its policy to arbitrate any disputes.

  • August 25, 2022

    Ukrainian Bank's Liquidator Loses $25.8M Fraud Suit

    A London judge threw out a lawsuit Thursday from the liquidator of a Ukrainian bank seeking to force a Liechtensteiner bank to pay out nearly $26 million after one of its accounts was used in an alleged plot to defraud the bankrupt lender.

  • August 25, 2022

    Money Launderer Gets 3 Years Over Scam That Hit Law Firms

    A man has been sentenced to almost four years in prison for laundering money linked to a multimillion-pound scam with more than 20 victims that included law firms, City of London Police has said.

  • August 24, 2022

    HNA Group To Appeal $185M Park Ave. Skyscraper Award

    HNA Group said Wednesday it was appealing a ruling confirming a $185.4 million arbitral award for an investor of its Manhattan skyscraper it accused of purposely failing to find a replacement for Major League Baseball, a former anchor tenant.

  • August 24, 2022

    Tort, Torture Claims Against Chiquita Tossed In Terrorism MDL

    A Florida federal judge overseeing multidistrict litigation against Chiquita Brands International has tossed numerous claims lodged by Colombian nationals who accused the banana company of funneling $1.7 million to a paramilitary group they said killed and tortured their relatives.

  • August 24, 2022

    Nigeria Can't Escape Fight With Engineering Firm Yet

    A D.C. court judge was left unimpressed Tuesday by Nigeria's sovereign immunity defenses as it looked to escape litigation filed by an engineering firm to enforce an arbitral award said to be worth some $2.9 million, which stemmed from an erosion control contract.

  • August 24, 2022

    McDermott Adds Litigation Duo From Paul Hastings In London

    McDermott Will & Emery LLP has hired a pair of litigation specialists from Paul Hastings LLP, for the firm's dispute resolution practice in London.

  • August 24, 2022

    UK Oil Co. Wins €190M In Claim Over Offshore Oil Project

    Rockhopper Exploration said Wednesday it had won €190 million ($190 million), plus interest, in a high-profile arbitration with Italy over the country's decision to ban oil and gas projects off its coastline.

  • August 23, 2022

    Businessman Says $47M Award Against Mexico Must Be Axed

    A Mexican businessman at the center of an allegedly fraudulent loan scheme underpinning an international tribunal's $47 million award to a Canadian lender is backing the Mexican government's bid to vacate the award, arguing that the tribunal destroyed his reputation without hearing his side of the story.

  • August 23, 2022

    Webuild Says $54M Arb. Enforcement Suit Filed In Time

    Multinational infrastructure firm Webuild has urged a D.C. federal court to uphold its $54 million lawsuit against Argentina, which seeks to confirm a decade-old arbitral award, arguing that District of Columbia law gives debtors 12 years to enforce a monetary judgment.

  • August 23, 2022

    Tourism Biz Says Balloon Atty's Withdrawal Bid Is Just Hot Air

    A Chinese tourism business argued Monday that a defunct hot-air balloon maker is parachuting in new counsel to delay an upcoming trial in Massachusetts federal court over a $1.4 million foreign arbitration award.

  • August 23, 2022

    Aerospace Co. Owes Algerian Space Agency £8M, Court Says

    A London court has ordered an aerospace company to pay £8.5 million ($10 million) to the Algerian Space Agency after it failed to respond to a lawsuit, the latest in an international dispute following the collapse of a partnership agreement.

  • August 23, 2022

    These Firms Have The Most Women In Equity Partnerships

    Law firms still have a long way to go when it comes to closing the gender gap, particularly at the top. But at these firms, women have made inroads into the upper ranks, and are smashing the glass ceiling that has long kept women from making it into leadership roles.

  • August 22, 2022

    Decision Awash In Footnotes Reveals 5th Circ. Judges' Depth

    Fifth Circuit judges recently headed below deck to skirmish over claims stemming from a sea accident, packing dozens of salty footnotes into a split en banc opinion and leaving legal experts to contemplate the role of these often-overlooked treasures buried in judicial opinions.

  • August 22, 2022

    Ukraine Will Deny Energy Treaty Benefits To Russian Investors

    Ukraine will deny investment protections to Russian investors under the Energy Charter Treaty following Russia's invasion of the country earlier this year, Ukraine's foreign ministry has said.

  • August 22, 2022

    Big Oil Cos. Ink Deals With Nigeria Over Nixed Awards

    Six weeks after the Second Circuit declined to enforce an annulled $2.7 billion arbitral award against Nigerian National Petroleum Corp., several Big Oil companies said they've inked deals with the state-owned company to resolve that and a similar dispute that led to a since-nixed $1.14 billion arbitral award.

  • August 22, 2022

    Justices Again Turn Away Case Over $18B Chevron Award

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday once again turned down an attempt by heirs of a Saudi sheikh to revive their $18 billion arbitral enforcement suit against Chevron, which the heirs say the Ninth Circuit threw out improperly because of an appellate judge's alleged conflict of interest.

  • August 22, 2022

    A Deep Dive Into The Glass Ceiling Report: Women In Law

    Law firms are working to improve diversity, equity and inclusion in their ranks. But Law360 Pulse's Glass Ceiling Report: Women in Law shows only modest growth in the number of female lawyers in private practice in the U.S.

  • August 19, 2022

    NY Court Told It Can't Ax Swiss Medical Imaging Award

    International arbitration expert Gary Born is weighing in on a petition asking a New York court to vacate arbitral awards issued by a Swiss tribunal in a dispute over a nuclear medical imaging joint venture, saying the petition should not go forward under longstanding practice in the field.

Expert Analysis

  • Nev. Case Highlights Settlement Authority Dilemmas For Cos.

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    A Nevada federal court's recent decision in Ceja v. The Vons Companies illustrates the pitfalls of misinterpreting a court order requiring a representative with full settlement authority to be present at negotiations, and is a reminder to consider that courts differ as to what full settlement authority means in practice, says Richard Mason at MasonADR.

  • 2nd Circ. Appears Open To Post-Judgment Section 1782 Use

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    The recent decision in Nigeria v. VR Advisory Services signals a shift in Second Circuit case law that adds further support for litigants' use of international discovery statute Section 1782 for post-judgment proceedings, providing a powerful tool to judgment creditors, says Jeff Newton at Omni Bridgeway.

  • The Fastest Federal Trial Courts: A Look At Virginia, Florida

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    The Eastern District of Virginia rocket docket and the Northern District of Florida were last year’s fastest civil trial courts in the nation, and interviews with two of their judges reveal they have some of the same practices to keep litigation moving efficiently, says Robert Tata at Hunton.

  • Tips For Evaluating Machine Learning For Contracts Review

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    Law firms considering machine learning and natural language processing to aid in contract reviews should keep several best practices in mind when procuring and deploying this nascent technology, starting with identifying their organization's needs and key requirements, says Ned Gannon at eBrevia.

  • How To Efficiently Deploy Your Professional Growth Strategy

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    Lana Manganiello at Equinox Strategy Partners discusses how time-strapped legal professionals can efficiently implement a professional growth framework by focusing on only the most effective actions to build the reputation and relationships key to their ideal practice.

  • A 6-Step Framework For Legal Industry Professional Growth

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    Lana Manganiello at Equinox Strategy Partners discusses how implementing a professional growth framework will help legal professionals gain expertise in a relevant niche to build credibility, focus marketing efforts and build an ideal practice.

  • Why Contempt May Be Apt Punishment For High Court Leaker

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    Contempt of court is an overlooked but potentially effective tool to punish whoever leaked the draft opinion overruling Roe v. Wade and protect the integrity of the U.S. Supreme Court, says Michael Zuckerman at Zuckerman Dispute Resolution.

  • Opinion

    Clients' Diversity Mandates For Law Firms Are Necessary

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    Coca-Cola recently scrapped its proposed diversity staffing requirements for outside counsel, and other companies may be reassessing their mandates due to external pressures, but it is important to remember the myriad factors supporting these policies and why they are more important now than ever before, says David Hopkins at Benesch Friedlander.

  • Defense Takeaways From NY Uber Arbitration Fees Ruling

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    A New York appellate panel's recent ruling in Uber v. American Arbitration Association should be a reminder to any business that includes arbitration provisions and class waivers in terms of service, user agreements or other contracts — start preparing for the growing mass arbitration trend, say attorneys at Holland & Knight.

  • 5 Questions That Can Help Law Firms Win RFPs

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    As the volume of matter-specific requests for proposals continues to increase in the legal market, law firms can take some new steps to fine-tune their RFP response-drafting process and strategy, says Matthew Prinn at RFP Advisory Group.

  • How Law Firms Can Employ More Veterans

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    Hiring attorneys who are veterans is often overlooked in law firm diversity, equity and inclusion plans, even though it generates substantial benefits, but partnering with like-minded organizations and having a robust and active veterans group will go a long way in boosting a firm's ability to recruit and retain veterans, say Daniel Sylvester and Nicholas Hasenfus at Holland & Knight.

  • Associates, Look Beyond Money In Assessing Lateral Offers

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    In the face of high demand for corporate legal work and persistent staffing constraints, many law firms continue to offer sizable signing bonuses to new associates, but lateral candidates should remember that money is just one component of what should be a much broader assessment, says Stephanie Ruiter at Lateral Link.

  • Preventing Impermissible Client Solicitation After ABA Opinion

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    Following the American Bar Association's recent opinion on the limitations on client solicitation, attorneys at Harris Wiltshire examine the principal rules that govern a lawyer's ethical duties with respect to solicitation, explain how those rules vary by jurisdiction, and provide some practical tips for ensuring compliance.

  • Lessons On Avoiding E-Discovery Violations And Sanctions

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    Michael Fox and David Cohen at Reed Smith discuss how counsel can assist their clients in meeting preservation obligations for electronically stored information in light of recent federal rulings on spoliation sanctions motions for possible violations of this duty.

  • Collaborative Tech Will Dictate Future Law Firm Success

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    Law firms need to shift their focus from solving the needs of their lawyers with siloed solutions to implementing collaboration technology, thereby enabling more seamless workflows and team experiences amid widespread embrace of hybrid and remote work models, says Kate Jasaitis at HBR Consulting.

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