International Arbitration

  • May 21, 2018

    ConocoPhillips' Freeze On Venezuela Oil Partially Lifted

    Courts in the Caribbean said refineries there could resume selling to utilities oil that had been seized by ConocoPhillips Corp., which is trying to satisfy a $2 billion arbitration award issued against Venezuela's Petróleos de Venezuela SA for expropriating two oil projects, according to local media accounts.

  • May 21, 2018

    9th Circ. Halts $93M Award Collection In Russian Mall Row

    The Ninth Circuit has told a Russian businessman he must wait to see if he can take funds held in a trust to collect on a $92.5 million arbitration award issued against his former business partner in a dispute over a mall in Moscow, as a court in Liechtenstein is deliberating the very same issue. 

  • May 18, 2018

    Chemical Co. Owner Should Pay Award, 3rd Circ. Hears

    A Swiss commodities trader urged the Third Circuit on Thursday to reconsider its decision that barred the trader from targeting the co-owner of a New Jersey chemical company to enforce an arbitral award of more than $925,000 against the company, saying the panel improperly ignored evidence of fraud.

  • May 18, 2018

    Trusts Ask 11th Circ. To Revive $100M Arbitration Claim

    Two offshore trusts told the Eleventh Circuit Friday that a lower court misinterpreted the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority's code when it ruled that they could not pursue a $100 million arbitration against Canadian brokerage Pictet Overseas Inc.

  • May 18, 2018

    Gold Co. Seeks OK Of $10.8M Award Against Canadian Miner

    Global Gold Mining LLC urged a New York federal court Thursday to confirm a more than $10.8 million arbitral award issued against a Canadian miner following a dispute related to a joint venture that was established to mine gold in southwestern Armenia.

  • May 18, 2018

    Korean Satellite Co. Slams $1M Award Confirmation Bid

    A Korean satellite provider has urged a New York federal judge to vacate a $1 million arbitral award issued to a Bermuda satellite operator in a dispute over a controversial satellite transaction, saying a tribunal is picking and choosing which Korean government actions to recognize, and which to ignore. 

  • May 18, 2018

    Near-Term NAFTA Vote Looks Grim As Talks Struggle

    A soft deadline to wrap up the North American Free Trade Agreement talks in time for a congressional vote this year came and went as a series of high-level meetings left the parties still at odds on major issues.

  • May 17, 2018

    Harvard Workshop Provides Glimpse Into Int'l Arbitration

    A first-of-its-kind international arbitration workshop at Harvard Law School provided students with an opportunity to not only learn from a diverse group of the leading minds in arbitration but also, in at least one instance, to discuss the topics of the day with them over a beer.

  • May 17, 2018

    New Track And Field Limits Question Gender Identity In Sports

    New female classification standards released by the international governing body for track and field sports are drawing criticism and raising legal questions about where to draw the line between men and women for sports competition amid evolving views of gender identity.

  • May 17, 2018

    Netherlands Outlines New EU Investment Pact

    The Netherlands has restructured its investment arbitration system in a draft version of its bilateral investment treaty with Slovakia, following a groundbreaking decision issued earlier in March by Europe’s top court that found the old investor-state dispute resolution mechanism under the treaty to be incompatible with EU law.

  • May 17, 2018

    Spain Told To Pay Emirati Energy Co. $76M In Solar Row

    International arbitrators with the World Bank handed United Arab Emirates’ state-owned renewable energy firm a €64.5 million ($76.09 million) award against Spain, finding that Spain breached its treaty obligations when it slashed the price it would pay for solar power. 

  • May 17, 2018

    A Chat With Perkins Practice Management Chief Toby Brown

    In this monthly series, legal recruiting experts at Major Lindsey & Africa interview management from top law firms about navigating an increasingly competitive business environment. Here we feature Toby Brown, chief practice management officer at Perkins Coie LLP.

  • May 17, 2018

    Allianz Pulls Back From Iran Amid US Sanctions Threat

    Europe’s largest insurer, Allianz SE, is preparing to withdraw from Iran after the U.S. government abandoned an international nuclear deal and warned that it could impose sanctions on companies trading with Tehran, the firm told Law360 on Thursday.

  • May 16, 2018

    Frozen Assets Already Cover $506M Award, Kazakhstan Says

    Kazakhstan has urged a D.C. federal court not to allow two Moldovan oil and gas investors to begin seizing the country's U.S. assets to enforce a confirmed arbitral award worth more than $506 million, arguing that they've already attached more than $22 billion in Kazakh assets elsewhere.

  • May 16, 2018

    FIFA Reduces Ex-Thailand Soccer Prez's Ban For Forgery

    The former president of Thailand's soccer association has had his five-year ban from the sport for forgery cut to three-and-a-half years by FIFA's appeals body, the international soccer organization said Wednesday.

  • May 16, 2018

    Tennis Org Wants $10M Blood Test Injury Suit Arbitrated

    The Women's Tennis Association on Tuesday urged a Florida federal court to force tennis player Madison Brengle to arbitrate her claims that anti-doping tests required by the organization and the International Tennis Federation injured her serving arm and impacted her career, saying she agreed to arbitrate such disputes.

  • May 16, 2018

    Greece Is Violating State Aid Decision, EU Adviser Says

    Greece has failed to implement a 2008 European Commission decision ordering it to recover more than €250 million ($295 million) in unlawful state aid paid to an Athens-area shipyard, a top legal adviser at the bloc's highest court concluded Wednesday, adding an additional wrinkle to related arbitral proceedings.

  • May 16, 2018

    Spanish Soccer Star Can't Play For Morocco At World Cup

    Arbitrators with the top court for international sports said Spanish soccer forward Munir El Haddadi can’t play for Morocco, likely dooming his chances of appearing in this year’s World Cup. 

  • May 16, 2018

    S. Korea Picks WTO Fight Over Trump's Solar, Washer Tariffs

    South Korea has moved the squabble over President Donald Trump’s safeguard tariffs on solar panel components and washing machines to a more serious phase by filing a formal World Trade Organization dispute against the United States, according to documents published Wednesday.

  • May 15, 2018

    FedEx Faces Arbitration Over Logistics Deal With Saudi Co.

    A FedEx Corp. unit is facing arbitration over its alleged abandonment of a deal with a logistics company that had already invested more than $95 million to become its global service provider in Saudi Arabia, according to documents filed in Tennessee federal court Monday.

Expert Analysis

  • Introducing The Legal Industry To Millennial Business Owners

    Yaima Seigley

    ​The current business climate has produced vast opportunities for seasoned lawyers to create valuable connections with millennial business owners, but first lawyers must cleanse their palate of misconceptions regarding millennials, says Yaima Seigley of Isaac Wiles Burkholder & Teetor LLC.

  • Energy Firms Face NAFTA Investor-State Dispute Revamp

    Rachael Kent

    The North American Free Trade Agreement's Investor-State Dispute Settlement provision has helped the U.S. domestic energy industry protect its cross-border investments. But the Trump administration has indicated a desire to eliminate the ISDS provision. Energy firms must stay aware of the dynamics of NAFTA renegotiation — and consider how a post-ISDS world would affect their business, say attorneys with WilmerHale.

  • A Proposed Approach For High Court In Vitamin C Case

    Michael Kimberly

    It is safe to expect a narrow ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court in Animal Science v. Hebei, instructing lower courts not to give conclusive deference to foreign sovereigns’ legal submissions. But it would be more sensible to instruct U.S. courts to assess whether these submissions are entitled to any deference in their country of origin and, if so, to give them that deference, say Michael Kimberly and Matthew Waring of Mayer Brown LLP.

  • Opinion

    Why Won't Judicial Nominees Affirm Brown V. Board Of Ed?

    Franita Tolson

    On May 17, 1954, the U.S. Supreme Court decided Brown v. Board of Education, recognizing a moral and legal truth that should be beyond question in American society. The refusal by some of President Donald Trump's judicial nominees to say whether they believe the case was decided correctly is indicative of the narrow-minded elitism they would bring to the bench, says professor Franita Tolson of the University of Southern California's Gould School of Law.

  • The Lawyers' Guide To Cloud Computing

    Daniel Garrie

    In deciding whether cloud computing is right for the organization or firm, an attorney must consider cloud computing’s significant impact on the electronic discovery process, say Daniel Garrie, managing partner at Law & Forensics LLC, and David Cass, chief information security officer at IBM Cloud.

  • Opinion

    Recovering Lawyers' Lost Position Of Independence

    Samuel Samaro

    In these politically divisive times, many ask whether our institutions and traditions can help us return to a greater consensus. In days long past, the legal profession could have been counted on to serve just such a function. But lawyers are now just as polarized as everyone else, says Samuel Samaro of Pashman Stein Walder Hayden PC.

  • 8 Reasons To Take A Fresh Look At Your Law Office Lease

    Tiffany Winne

    After moving into a new law office, tenants often file their signed leases away, figuring that the terms are set for a few years at least. However, leases can be very flexible instruments, and should be reviewed annually even if nothing seems amiss, says Tiffany Winne of Savills Studley Inc.

  • A General Counsel's Tips For Succeeding As A New Associate

    Jason Idilbi

    Based on his experience as a BigLaw associate for six years and now as general counsel for a tech startup, Jason Idilbi of Passport Labs offers some best practices for newer associates — whether they are serving external clients or senior attorneys within their firms.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Berzon Reviews 'We The Corporations'

    Judge Marsha Berzon

    My advice to prospective clerks will now include the suggestion that they read Adam Winkler's new book, "We the Corporations: How American Businesses Won Their Civil Rights," for the same reason I recommend taking a corporations course — appreciating the critical role of business corporations in American life and law, says Ninth Circuit Judge Marsha Berzon.

  • What ABA’s Position On Harassment Means For Employers

    Minjae Song

    In the #MeToo era, the American Bar Association’s recently passed Resolution 302 is a reminder of harassment policy best practices to all employers, and it should be of particular interest to employers in the legal industry, say attorneys with Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP.