International Arbitration

  • August 08, 2022

    China-Backed Entities Off The Hook In Chad Oil Feud

    A Texas judge has refused to order entities of the state-owned China National Petroleum Corp. to pay a nearly $30 million arbitral award to a Houston-based energy company following a high stakes arbitration relating to an oil concession in Chad, since they never signed an underlying arbitration agreement.

  • August 05, 2022

    US NGO Asks Feds For Sanctions On Indian Officials

    A nonprofit organization petitioned the United States government to enact serious sanctions against 11 Indian officials for alleged human rights abuses committed against the co-founder of a satellite company who is engaged in a legal battle with an Indian state-owned business.

  • August 05, 2022

    Judge Abused Discretion In $100M Lebanese Loan Feud

    A lower court wrongly slashed a $100 million attachment order issued against a Lebanese bank during arbitration with an Iraqi telecommunications joint venture down to $3 million without considering whether an alternative attachment amount would have been appropriate, the Second Circuit ruled Friday. 

  • August 05, 2022

    Moldova Wins Case Over Terminated Airport Concession

    Moldova has defeated an arbitration suit filed by a Cypriot company seeking €883 million ($899.5 million) in compensation after the Moldovan government ended a concession contract for assets and land for a Moldovan airport in July 2020. 

  • August 05, 2022

    11th Circ. OKs Cruise Crew's COVID Captivity Claims In Court

    The Eleventh Circuit said a proposed class action brought by two Celebrity Cruises Inc. crew members can move forward without arbitration on their claims they were held captive on board the ship after they were fired at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • August 05, 2022

    UK-Based Clyde & Co. Cements Chile Presence With Merger

    The London-based global law firm Clyde & Co LLP has struck a deal with Chilean law firm Grasty Quintana Majlis and a pair of projects and construction attorneys this month to form a combined entity that will be known as Clyde & Co Chile, the firm announced on Thursday.

  • August 04, 2022

    Sidley Partner Tapped For International Bank Role

    President Joe Biden has nominated a Sidley Austin LLP international trade and investment partner as U.S. director of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, an international institution formed to help countries transition to market-oriented economies.

  • August 04, 2022

    Judge Says $500M Award Against Venezuela Should Be OK'd

    Venezuela was not denied due process when opposition leader Juan Guaidó's interim government was barred from challenging an arbitral award of more than $500 million to Spanish affiliates of Mexican tortilla manufacturer Gruma SAB de CV, a magistrate judge in Washington, D.C., said Wednesday.

  • August 04, 2022

    Russian Blockade Is Cause Of Food Crisis, EU Official Says

    Russia's invasion of Ukraine is "sending shockwaves around the world, and everybody is paying the price," according to European Commission Vice President Joseph Borrell, who said in a statement on Thursday that Russia's blockade of grain exports from Ukraine is behind a food and energy crisis rather than sanctions.

  • August 04, 2022

    Canada Announces New Challenge To US Lumber Duties

    Canada's minister of international trade lamented the United States' decision to maintain tariffs on its wood imports Thursday, promising new action across multiple international platforms to combat the measures.

  • August 04, 2022

    Tribe-Linked Lender, Borrowers Reach Deal In Lending Suit

    Tribe-linked lender Haynes Investments LLC reached a deal to settle claims from a proposed class of borrowers that they were charged excessively high interest rates on consumer loans, they told the Ninth Circuit on Wednesday.

  • August 03, 2022

    Ga. Appeals Court Revives Wells Fargo's FINRA Arbitral Award

    The Georgia Court of Appeals has overturned a controversial ruling by a state trial judge who vacated an arbitration award in favor of Wells Fargo and prompted the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority to launch an independent review of its arbitration system.

  • August 03, 2022

    Dems Want Transparency On Pacific, Americas Trade Talks

    Nine lawmakers have urged the Biden administration to engage in "robust consultations" with Congress and other stakeholders as negotiations begin over the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework and the Americas Partnership for Economic Prosperity, warning that the talks may be undermined without appropriate transparency.

  • August 03, 2022

    Oxy Says $558M Award In Ecuador Feud Cannot Stand

    Occidental Exploration and Production Co. urged the Second Circuit to reverse a $558 million arbitration award that Andes Petroleum won in federal court last March, saying that the arbitrator and Andes deliberately hid the arbitrator's prior relationship with the company's arbitration counsel and violated an arbitration agreement's disclosure requirements.

  • August 03, 2022

    Canada Says Koch Has No Claim In Cap-And-Trade Fight

    Canada is pushing back against Koch Industries' claim that it is owed millions of dollars after Ontario's sudden cancelation of its cap-and-trade program in 2018 allegedly wiped out the Kansas-based conglomerate's carbon allowances trading business, arguing that the company is trying to manufacture jurisdiction.

  • August 03, 2022

    Judge Holds Atty Facing $5.2M Judgment In Contempt

    An elderly Manhattan attorney is being held in contempt of court by a Manhattan federal judge years into a cryptocurrency fund's attempts to get $5.2 million from the attorney, its onetime escrow agent.

  • August 03, 2022

    Vape Seller Seeks Enforcement Of $900K Arbitration Win

    Advanced Vapor Devices has asked a Washington federal court to force a vape maker to cough up the nearly $900,000 it won in arbitration after a distribution agreement between the two fell apart.

  • August 02, 2022

    Judge Sends Ramen Vending Machine Feud To Arbitration

    A California federal judge on Monday sent a trade secrets dispute between a Hong Kong-based ramen noodle vending machine company and its U.S. agent to arbitration even after the latter company tried to drop its arbitration bid.

  • August 02, 2022

    US Levies New Russia Sanctions On Elites, Finance Cos.

    The U.S. Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control announced new sanctions against Russia on Tuesday, targeting certain Russian "elites" and finance companies that generate "substantial" revenue for the Kremlin.

  • August 02, 2022

    Shipbuilder Wants Seizure Order For PDVSA's Citgo Shares

    Shipbuilding corporation Huntington Ingalls Industries asked a Delaware federal judge to approve its writ of attachment seeking Petróleos de Venezuela SA's Citgo shares as compensation for the company's $138 million arbitration award for a failed ship refurbishment contract.

  • August 02, 2022

    QBE Sinks Generali's €7.7M Spanish Yacht Claim

    A London court has blocked insurer Generali from pursuing Spanish court proceedings against rival QBE over a €7.7 million ($7.8 million) payout after a yacht damaged an underwater cable.

  • August 02, 2022

    Administrators Get OK To Sell Russian Gold Giant

    A London court gave administrators the go-ahead to sell off major Russian gold mining company Petropavlovsk to commodities rival UMMC-Invest as U.K. government sanctions continue to hamstring Russian firms.

  • August 01, 2022

    Mexico To Review 5th USMCA Labor Rights Complaint

    Mexico has agreed to review labor rights claims submitted by the Biden administration under the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement that alleged workers at an automotive interior production facility in Mexico struggled to engage in free association and collective bargaining.

  • August 01, 2022

    Perenco Targets Ecuador's Foreign Accts. Over $412M Award

    Perenco has frozen bank accounts in Luxembourg used by Ecuador to pay its sovereign debt, as the British oil and gas company continues trying to enforce a $412 million award it won following more than a decade of arbitration over the allocation of profits from two Amazonian oil blocks.

  • August 01, 2022

    Investors Say EU Law Irrelevant In $66M Award Fight

    Investors who won a $66.3 million arbitral award over revoked economic incentives for renewable energy projects have changed tack in their arguments, telling a D.C. federal court that EU law is irrelevant to their bid to enforce the award there.

Expert Analysis

  • 5 Ways Law Firm Leaders Can Prioritize Strategic Thinking

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    Consultant Patrick McKenna discusses how law firm leaders can make time for strategic projects to keep pace with the rate of change in the profession today, as 24/7 technology-abetted demands mean leaders are spending less time exploring new opportunities and more time solving problems.

  • Applying US Contract Law Amid Ukraine-Related Sanctions

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    U.S. companies should evaluate their current contractual relationships to identify any agreements affected by Ukraine-related sanctions, anticipating that counterparties may invoke these sanctions to excuse performance, via traditional common law defenses, say Peter Neger and Bryan Woll at Morgan Lewis.

  • How Law Schools Can Navigate Toward Equity And Inclusion

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    Law schools have a responsibility to do more than admit students from underrepresented populations — they must understand the challenges that minority law students face, learn why so few reach the highest levels of the legal profession, and introduce programs that help foster inclusion and reduce inequities, says Jennifer Rosato Perea at DePaul College of Law.

  • Where Judge Jackson Stands On Key Civil Procedure Issues

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    During Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s confirmation hearings this week, senators didn’t question her on the many procedural issues that frequently come before the U.S. Supreme Court, but a deep dive into her judicial record illuminates her stance on Article III standing, personal jurisdiction and more, says James Wagstaffe at Wagstaffe von Loewenfeldt Busch.

  • How To Avoid Prematurely Publicizing A Case Outcome

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    The lessons of a recent U.K. case involving Matrix Chambers' premature social media posts that violated a court embargo are relevant in the U.S. as well, reminding law firms to ensure plans to publicize a case are shielded from accidental violations of court sealing and gag orders, says Elizabeth Ortega at ECO Strategic Communications.

  • Russia-Exposed Cos. Should Plan For Sanctions Litigation

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    Attorneys at Steptoe & Johnson discuss how Russia-exposed businesses can mitigate new risks of lawsuits brought in Russia under Russian countersanctions laws, issues related to contract rights, and claims from parties harmed by the war in Ukraine.

  • Opinion

    It's Time To Hold DC Judges Accountable For Misconduct

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    On the heels of Thursday's congressional hearing on workplace protections for judiciary employees, former law clerk Aliza Shatzman recounts her experience of harassment by a D.C. Superior Court judge — and argues that the proposed Judiciary Accountability Act, which would extend vital anti-discrimination protections to federal court employees, should also include D.C. courts.

  • What Tighter Sanctions Against Russia Mean For Companies

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    Amid U.S. sanctions on Russia in response to its invasion of Ukraine, companies and individuals with business relationships in that region should expect disruptions to payment and transactions systems, and should prepare for increased diligence and compliance requirements, say George Wang and Abram Ellis at Simpson Thacher.

  • 4 Ways To Preserve Confidentiality Of Litigation Funding Docs

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    Though two recent rulings by Massachusetts and Illinois federal courts add to the growing body of case law denying discovery into litigation funding arrangements, prudence necessitates that lawyers, clients and funders follow certain best practices to ensure that their communications are not discoverable by opposing parties, says Stewart Ackerly at Statera Capital.

  • Rebuttal

    Remote Hearings Are Ill-Suited Default For Litigation Realities

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    A recent Law360 guest article suggests that remote proceedings should be the default in civil litigation even after the pandemic, but courts should continue to give parties the option to appear in person because it can actually save long-term costs, prepare younger attorneys more effectively, and bring a necessary degree of seriousness to hearings, says Mark​ Eisen at Benesch Friedlander.

  • Perspectives

    ABA's New Anti-Bias Curriculum Rule Is Insufficient

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    The American Bar Association's recently approved requirement that law schools educate students on bias, cross-cultural competency and racism, while a step in the right direction, fails to publicly acknowledge and commit to eradicating the systemic racial inequality in our legal system, says criminal defense attorney Donna Mulvihill Fehrmann.

  • Opinion

    Remote Hearings Should Be The Default In Civil Litigation

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    The Federal Rules of Civil Procedure impose an affirmative duty on courts to eliminate undue cost, so remote hearings should be the default in civil litigation even after the pandemic, while in-person hearings must justify their existence, says Joshua Sohn at the U.S. Department of Justice.

  • Attorneys Today Need To Depose Like There's No Tomorrow

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    With people leaving the workforce in droves amid the “Great Resignation” and with younger workers less inclined to stay in one place for long, attorneys need to adjust their deposition strategies to minimize risks of losing crucial witnesses who may move on from a client or opponent company before a case goes to trial, say Anthony Argiropoulos and Maximilian Cadmus at Epstein Becker.

  • How Attorneys Can Ethically Terminate A Client Relationship

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    As illustrated by Dentons’ recent request to withdraw from its representation of a casino mogul in Bartlit Beck v. Okada, terminating client relationships prematurely can be tricky and met with skepticism in the courts, but following certain best practices can make the process a little less painful for everyone involved, says Trisha Rich at Holland & Knight.

  • The Key To Turning Solid Briefs Into Winning Briefs

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    Even a well-written brief can omit key facts, make tone-deaf legal arguments or ignore practical implications, so lawyers drafting motions and appeals should incorporate feedback processes akin to moot courts and jury research, says Andrew Nichols at Charis Lex.

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