International Arbitration

  • June 01, 2020

    Texas Energy Co. Gets $1M Award From Profits Row OK'd

    A federal court has confirmed a Texas energy company's 5.8 million Brazilian real (roughly $1 million) victory in arbitration over misappropriated profits following a sale agreement. 

  • June 01, 2020

    NextEra Can Enforce $316M Award Against Spain

    An International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes committee has lifted a stay of enforcement on a €291 million ($316 million) arbitral award that U.S.-based NextEra Energy Inc.'s Dutch subsidiaries won against Spain, after the country declined to promise to pay the award if an ongoing bid to annul it is unsuccessful.

  • June 01, 2020

    Egypt Gets Gas Co.'s Doc Bid Trimmed In $2B Award Fight

    A Spanish natural gas company must narrow its bid for documents from the Depository Trust Company as it seeks to enforce a $2 billion arbitral award against Egypt, a New York federal judge said Friday.

  • June 01, 2020

    Justices Revive GE Unit's Arbitration Bid In Steel Plant Row

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday concluded that a French unit of General Electric Co. may be able to force arbitration of a multimillion-dollar dispute with an Alabama steel plant owner despite not signing an underlying arbitration agreement, reversing an Eleventh Circuit decision.

  • May 29, 2020

    Insurers Cleared To Arbitrate Hurricane Harvey Coverage Row

    A Texas federal judge on Friday granted a bid by a group of Lloyd's of London insurers to arbitrate a property owner's dispute over $1 million in Hurricane Harvey damage, saying the policy doesn't let the court override the arbitrator's power to decide whether arbitration is valid.

  • May 29, 2020

    Rolls-Royce, Boeing Want Part Maker's Subpoena Bid On Hold

    Rolls-Royce and Boeing are urging a South Carolina court not to allow an aerospace component parts maker to move ahead with deposing three witnesses to a plane testing accident in order to provide testimony in a U.K. arbitration, saying the U.S. Supreme Court needs to weigh in first.

  • May 29, 2020

    HKIAC Taps Debevoise, Temple Chambers Arbitration Pros

    The co-chair of Debevoise & Plimpton LLP's international dispute resolution group and a former Hong Kong justice secretary have been elected to serve as co-chairs of the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre.

  • May 29, 2020

    Hotel Biz Can't Upend $296M Award In Casino Contract Fight

    A Singaporean court rejected the latest efforts by hotel company Bloomberry Resorts Corp. to dodge an arbitration tribunal's ruling that it owes $296 million to a casino management company it wrongly ousted from a deal to manage its $1.2 billion Solaire Resort & Casino in the Philippines.

  • May 29, 2020

    Energy Co. Says It Hasn't Seen $63M Award 5th Circ. Upheld

    Renewable energy company Soaring Wind Energy asked a Texas federal judge Thursday to order the American arm of China's state-run aerospace corporation to hand over a nearly $63 million arbitral award it allegedly has refused to pay even after the Fifth Circuit upheld it in January.

  • May 28, 2020

    Basketball League Calls Quinn A Qatar 'Spy' In Commish Case

    Heading into a fight over a seven-figure legal bill, a three-on-three basketball league co-led by entertainer Ice Cube filed a New York lawsuit Thursday accusing Quinn Emmanuel of being a "spy" for Qatar when it represented the organization known as Big3.

  • May 28, 2020

    Hong Kong Policy Shift Could Usher In Trade Firestorm

    The Trump administration's declaration that Hong Kong is no longer autonomous from China has opened the door for a wave of potential new trade and investment restrictions that could severely curtail American companies' ability to do business in the region.

  • May 28, 2020

    11th Circ. OKs Awards In Imax Fight With Panamanian Co.

    The Eleventh Circuit on Thursday affirmed a pair of arbitral awards issued to a Panamanian media company in a dispute stemming from a soured deal to roll out Imax theaters in Latin America, rejecting the Canadian large-format film company's argument the tribunal had exceeded its powers.

  • May 28, 2020

    Indian Generic Pharma Co. Can't Get $500M Award Nixed

    A Singapore court has refused to set aside an award issued to a Japanese company that appears to be drugmaker Daiichi Sankyo Co. Ltd. following a soured $4.6 billion deal in which it bought the majority stake in a major Indian pharmaceutical manufacturer.

  • May 28, 2020

    Bondholder Seeks To Force Venezuelan Oil Co. To Pay $132M

    Engineering company Dresser-Rand Co. urged a New York federal court Wednesday to order a subsidiary of Venezuela's state-owned oil company to pay $132.3 million owed under a defaulted bond, saying further delay will leave it at a disadvantage when trying to compete with other creditors.

  • May 28, 2020

    Venezuelan Prez Question Made Priority In $1B Gold Dispute

    The English courts must determine who the U.K. government formally recognizes as president of Venezuela before hearing any bid for forcing the release of €930 million ($1 billion) of the country's gold from the Bank of England's vaults, a London judge ruled Thursday.

  • May 28, 2020

    Signature Snags Litigation Partner From Freshfields

    London disputes law firm Signature Litigation LLP said Thursday it has snapped up the former head of the commercial disputes group at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP as a new partner for its City office.

  • May 27, 2020

    Hong Kong Not Autonomous From China, State Dept. Says

    The U.S. Department of State has found that Hong Kong is no longer autonomous from China and should not be treated as though it is, a decision that could have sweeping implications for U.S. trade and diplomacy in the region.

  • May 27, 2020

    Investor Looks To Freeze Tech Co.'s US Bank Accounts

    A British Virgin Islands-based investor in a tech company that was found to be secretly running malware in people's mobile phones has asked a California federal judge to block the company from depleting its U.S. bank accounts as it pursues arbitration in Hong Kong to recover a nearly $14 million investment.  

  • May 27, 2020

    DOJ Tells Justices To Take Up $250M Nazi Art Fight

    The Justice Department urged the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a D.C. Circuit ruling that revived a long-simmering fight over Nazi Germany's purchase of $250 million in medieval art, which descendants of the Jewish art dealers involved say had been stolen.

  • May 27, 2020

    US Faces Difficult Choice In $1.2B Venezuela Award Fight

    A potential impediment to Crystallex's efforts to seize shares in Citgo's parent company to enforce a $1.2 billion arbitral award against Venezuela was removed after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected the case, but the Canadian miner's legal woes are still far from over.

  • May 27, 2020

    Citgo Sues Vendor For Role In Venezuelan Bribe Scheme

    Citgo Petroleum Corp. has accused a Venezuelan-American businessman and his company of running a bribery scheme it says caused Citgo to overpay millions of dollars for transactions with its parent company, Petróleos de Venezuela SA.

  • May 26, 2020

    Singapore Fertilizer Co. Gets OK Of $7M Arbitral Award

    A Kansas federal judge has confirmed a $7 million arbitral award issued against a U.S. fertilizer sourcing company and its foreign affiliate following a sales contract dispute with a Singapore fertilizer manufacturer.

  • May 26, 2020

    Billionaire Claims Vale Knew Guinea Mining Deal Was Corrupt

    Israeli billionaire Beny Steinmetz is claiming that new evidence recently uncovered by the Israeli private intelligence agency Black Cube in his long-running dispute with Vale SA over a doomed Guinean mining project shows that the Brazilian miner knew about the alleged fraud underpinning the deal from the beginning.

  • May 26, 2020

    Booking Sites' Bids To Drop Cuban Property Suit Granted

    A Florida federal judge has granted bids by a group of online booking sites to dismiss class action claims by a group of Cuban Americans accusing the companies of unlawfully selling reservations at hotels built on family property that was seized by the Fidel Castro regime.

  • May 26, 2020

    EU Mulls Investor Dispute Process After Treaties Ruling

    The European Commission asked the bloc's citizens on Tuesday for suggestions on how it should protect cross-border investment within Europe after a historic court ruling declared that all intra-EU investment treaties violate the law.

Expert Analysis

  • How Lawyers Can Network Better, Virtually And In Person

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    The current decrease in formality and increase in common ground due to the work-from-home environment can make it easier to have a networking conversation, says Megan Burke Roudebush at Keepwith.

  • Practical Tips For Presenting Your Case To Litigation Funders

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    One mistake that attorneys commonly make when presenting a case to a third-party funder is focusing almost exclusively on liability and giving short shrift to the damages analysis — resulting in an aspirational damages estimate that falls apart under scrutiny, say Cindy Ahn and Justin Maleson at Longford Capital and Casey Grabenstein at Saul Ewing.

  • Avoiding Inadvertent Privilege Waivers In E-Communications

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    Attorneys at WilmerHale highlight recent developments in privilege law, the significant challenges raised by nontraditional working arrangements popularized during the pandemic, and ways to avoid waiving attorney-client privilege when using electronic communications.

  • Opinion

    Don't Cancel Your Summer Associate Programs

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    While pulling off an effective summer associate program this year will be no easy feat, law firms' investments in their future attorneys should be considered necessary even during this difficult time, says Summer Eberhard at Major Lindsey.

  • New Trade Appeals Venue Won't Permanently Fix WTO Issues

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    The Multiparty Interim Appeal Arbitration Arrangement allows participating countries to appeal trade disputes during the effective freeze of the World Trade Organization Appellate Body caused by the U.S. blockade of judicial appointments to the body, but the limited membership of the arrangement means countries still require a long-term resolution to the WTO's judicial crisis, says Bashar Malkawi at the Dubai Rulers Court.

  • 5 Ways To Reduce Post-Pandemic Legal Malpractice Exposure

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    History suggests that legal malpractice claims will rise following the current economic downturn, and while a certain percentage of the claims will be unavoidable, there are prophylactic steps that law firms can take, says John Johnson at Cozen O'Connor.

  • Opinion

    Credibility Concerns About Virtual Arbitration Are Unfounded

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    Concerns that videoconferenced arbitration hearings compromise an arbitrator's ability to reliably resolve credibility contests are based on mistaken perceptions of how many cases actually turn on credibility, what credibility means in the legal world, and how arbitrators make credibility determinations, says Wayne Brazil at JAMS.

  • Human Rights Are Becoming A Compliance Issue

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    A recent commitment from the European Union's commissioner for justice to introduce rules for mandatory corporate human rights due diligence next year may signal the arrival of this issue as a global business imperative, making it as fundamental as anti-corruption diligence, say attorneys at Paul Hastings.

  • A Lawyer's Guide To Client Service Continuity Planning

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    Ensuring uninterrupted client service and compliance with ethical obligations in a time when attorneys are more likely to fall ill means taking six basic — yet often ignored — steps to build some redundancy and internal communication into legal practice, say attorneys at Axinn.

  • Virtual Meetings Could Be Fertile Ground For Legal Discovery

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    Many remote meeting technologies include recording features as default settings, raising three primary concerns from a legal discovery and data retention perspective, and possibly bringing unintended consequences for companies in future litigation, says Courtney Murphy at Clark Hill.

  • 3 Ways To Let Arbitrators Control Int'l Arbitration Discovery

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    Until the U.S. Supreme Court resolves a circuit split on whether a U.S. discovery statute can be utilized in private, international arbitration, there are steps that parties and institutions can take if they believe that it is the arbitrators who should control discovery in arbitration, says David Zaslowsky at Baker McKenzie.

  • The Role Of Remote Mediation After The Crisis Is Over

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    When the dark cloud of COVID-19 has passed and resolution centers are once again peopled with warring parties and aspiring peacemakers, remote mediations will likely still be common, but they are not going to be a panacea for all that ails the dispute resolution industry, says Mitch Orpett at Tribler Orpett.

  • 7 Steps To Romancing The Virtual Classroom

    Excerpt from Lexis Practice Advisor
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    For professors, trainers, lawyers, students and businesses grappling with the unexpected challenges of distance learning, trial attorney and teacher James Wagstaffe offers best practices for real-time online instruction.

  • Key Return-To-Work Considerations For Law Firms

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    There may be precious little notice before the legal community ramps up, so it's important to have return-to-work plans that address the unique challenges law firms will face in bringing employees back to offices, say attorneys Daniel Gerber, Barbara O'Connell and Richard Tucker.

  • A Creative Solution For Teaching Local Practice In Law School

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    To help prepare my students to navigate local practice, I wrote a set of rules for the classroom that mimics those they might encounter from a local judge or court, says Michael Zuckerman at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law.

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