International Arbitration

  • March 15, 2024

    ​​​​​​​Chiquita MDL Experts Aren't Reliable, Parties Say

    A Florida federal judge overseeing the multidistrict litigation against Chiquita Brands weighed arguments Friday on what evidence should be excluded in two upcoming bellwether trials, with each side insisting the other's experts should be disqualified from testifying about claims that the company funded a deadly right-wing Colombian paramilitary group.

  • March 15, 2024

    8th Circ. Nixes Arbitration Bid In $9M Chinese PPE Fight

    The Eighth Circuit on Thursday refused to force a Chinese manufacturer of personal protective equipment to arbitrate its $9 million dispute over unpaid invoices with a U.S. distributor, ruling in a published opinion that the underlying pact containing an arbitration clause was never consummated.

  • March 15, 2024

    Eletson Creditors Urge Cutting Most Of Reed Smith's Fee Bid

    Eletson Holdings Inc.'s unsecured creditors told a New York bankruptcy judge to cut the "vast majority" of the fees Reed Smith LLP requested for its work on the tanker company's Chapter 11 case because the firm wants nearly $1.9 million for work that didn't help the estate.

  • March 15, 2024

    Canadian Miner Seeks $200M In Arbitration Against Mexico

    A Canadian mining company plans to submit a claim for arbitration against Mexico over $200 million in alleged damages related to a precious metals deposit, saying the country has breached the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership.

  • March 15, 2024

    Disney Star Takes Zee To Arbitration Over Sports-Airing Pact

    The Walt Disney Co.-owned Star India has begun proceedings in the London Court of International Arbitration against broadcaster Zee Entertainment Enterprises for failing to meet terms of an agreement related to the airing of certain cricket matches, Zee disclosed Friday.

  • March 14, 2024

    UK Top Court Wrongly Enforced $356M Award Against Romania

    Britain violated European Union law when the U.K. Supreme Court ruled in 2020 that two Swedish food investors could resume their efforts to enforce a $356 million arbitral award against Romania, despite findings within the EU that the award is illegal, the bloc's highest court found on Thursday.

  • March 14, 2024

    PE Firm Says NY Court Can Help Resolve $142M Award Fight

    A private equity firm has urged a New York federal court to exercise its jurisdiction over two paintings held by Christie's auction house, including one by Andy Warhol, as the firm looks to seize them to satisfy $142 million in arbitral awards against a Chinese restaurateur.

  • March 14, 2024

    Koch Can't Bring $30M Claim Against Canada Under NAFTA

    Canada prevailed in a $30 million arbitration brought by Koch Industries over the province of Ontario's decision to cancel a cap-and-trade program in 2018, securing dismissal of the claim on jurisdictional grounds.

  • March 14, 2024

    La. Strip Mall Says Insurers' Arbitration Clause Unenforceable

    A New Orleans-area strip mall owner said it shouldn't be forced to arbitrate its bad faith claim against its insurers for the handling of its Hurricane Ida damage claim, telling a Louisiana federal court that the arbitration clause in its policies is unenforceable.

  • March 13, 2024

    Developer Must Arbitrate Defamation Case, Court Hears

    A California man who's been accused of publicly badmouthing a Mexican developer of luxury homes in Baja California Sur to put off prospective buyers is urging a New York court to toss the developer's defamation suit against him or send the claims to an ongoing arbitration in Mexico.

  • March 13, 2024

    Jewish Group Sues UN Relief Agency Over Hamas Massacre

    An advocacy group that defends Jewish rights has sued in Delaware federal court an American charity that aids a United Nations relief agency for Palestinian refugees, saying it purportedly bears accountability for the Hamas attack in Israel in October.

  • March 13, 2024

    Hospital Manager Cements $3.5M Gabon Arbitration Award

    The Gabonese Republic must pay a $3.5 million arbitration award obtained by an Austrian healthcare management company, a D.C. federal judge ruled after the central African nation failed to appear in court.

  • March 13, 2024

    Italy Defeats Investor Suit Against Solar Subsidy Reduction

    Italy has beaten back a German investment fund's claims that the country's lowered solar energy subsidies breached treaty obligations to ensure a stable investment environment, after an international tribunal ruled that the scale-down was reasonable, foreseeable and in the best interests of the public.

  • March 20, 2024

    4-5 Gray's Inn Square Hires Spanish Barrister

    4-5 Gray's Inn Square has recruited a Spanish barrister-arbitrator with experience in sitting as a judge, positioning the chambers to attract Latin American clients as arbitration concerns in the European Union push investors to look for common-law forums.

  • March 12, 2024

    Lima Loses Bid To Duck $140M Arb. Awards In Highway Row

    A D.C. federal judge on Tuesday refused to overturn $140 million in arbitral awards against the city of Lima, Peru, stemming from its dispute with a highway contractor, ruling that the contractor won those two awards "fair and square."

  • March 12, 2024

    Treasury Sanctions More Iran-Backed Terrorist Operatives

    The U.S. Department of the Treasury on Tuesday unveiled new sanctions against a handful of individuals with ties to the designated terrorist group Al-Ashtar Brigades, singling out "key Iran-based operatives" as well as a financier for the group.

  • March 12, 2024

    Contractor Seeks Arbitration In $3M Guam Military Base Fight

    An electrical contractor has petitioned a Guam federal court to order a California-Japanese joint venture that had hired it for a project to improve U.S. military facilities to arbitrate their dispute related to nearly $3 million in allegedly unpaid costs.

  • March 12, 2024

    Daiichi Urges Court To OK Arbitrator's Award Against Seagan

    Japanese drugmaker Daiichi Sankyo has asked a Seattle federal judge not to toss an arbitral award refusing Seagen Inc.'s claims for billions of dollars in a dispute over cancer drug patents, saying the U.S. biotech company has incorrectly lodged a petition to vacate the award.

  • March 12, 2024

    La. Property Owners, Insurers Settle $5M Hurricane Ida Fight

    Lloyd's of London and other insurers and underwriters have agreed to settle claims by a group of New Orleans-area property owners who allege the insurers wrongly denied more than $5.1 million in claims from Hurricane Ida damage after the insurers demanded the dispute be resolved in arbitration.

  • March 11, 2024

    Panama Port Fight Belongs In Chancery Court, H.K. Co. Says

    A Hong Kong company alleging that its interest in a lucrative port project near the Atlantic entrance to the Panama Canal is being stolen has urged a Delaware federal court to remand its lawsuit back to the Chancery court, saying the suit's removal last month was a delay tactic.

  • March 11, 2024

    Drivers Drop Uber, Lyft Price-Fix Arbitration Appeal

    The three Uber and Lyft drivers who were fighting to keep a suit accusing the ride-hailing companies of colluding to fix fare prices out of arbitration have dropped their appeal, according to a recent filing in a California state appeals court. 

  • March 11, 2024

    Canadian Co. Loses $4.4B Romanian Gold Mining Claim

    Canadian mining company Gabriel Resources Ltd. has reported its failure to win a $4.4 billion dispute with Romania over a canceled gold and silver project, saying its claims filed against the government have been thrown out by the World Bank's international arbitration institution.

  • March 11, 2024

    Pfizer Slams Ex-Compliance Officer's Whistleblower Claims

    Pfizer has asked a California federal court to again dismiss the bulk of a discrimination and retaliation lawsuit filed by a former compliance officer for the pharmaceutical giant, arguing his latest suit is "largely a regurgitation of his original complaint."

  • March 11, 2024

    New Arbitration Firm Has 'Hit Ground Running,' Founders Say

    Three international arbitration specialists who worked at Dechert LLP in France before they left to launch a boutique firm said on Monday that the new business has "hit the ground running" since it opened in January.

  • March 11, 2024

    Woodsford Affiliate Prevails In Fee Feud With SF Firm

    An affiliate of British litigation funder Woodsford has secured a $1.8 million arbital award and $1.2 million in interest from a San Francisco law firm following the 2019 settlement of a lawsuit against Google, a Delaware federal judge confirmed Monday.

Expert Analysis

  • How Attorneys Can Be More Efficient This Holiday Season

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    Attorneys should consider a few key tips to speed up their work during the holidays so they can join the festivities — from streamlining the document review process to creating similar folder structures, says Bennett Rawicki at Hilgers Graben.

  • Series

    Children's Book Writing Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    Becoming a children's book author has opened doors to incredible new experiences of which I barely dared to dream, but the process has also changed my life by serving as a reminder that strong writing, networking and public speaking skills are hugely beneficial to a legal career, says Shaunna Bailey at Sheppard Mullin.

  • Cos. Must Monitor Sanctions Regime As Law Remains Unclear

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    While recent U.K. government guidance and an English High Court's decision in Litasco v. Der Mond Oil, finding that a company is sanctioned when a designated individual is exercising control over it, both address sanctions control issues, disarray in the law remains, highlighting that practitioners should keep reviewing their exposure to the sanctions regime, say lawyers at K&L Gates.

  • How Clients May Use AI To Monitor Attorneys

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    Artificial intelligence tools will increasingly enable clients to monitor and evaluate their counsel’s activities, so attorneys must clearly define the terms of engagement and likewise take advantage of the efficiencies offered by AI, says Ronald Levine at Herrick Feinstein.

  • What 3rd Circ. Gets Wrong About Arbitration Enforcement

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    The Third Circuit and other courts should correct their current law, exemplified by the Third Circuit's recent decision in Henry v. Wilmington Trust, requiring a motion to dismiss based on an arbitration clause because it conflicts with the Federal Arbitration Act, the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, and — with regard to the improper-venue approach — U.S. Supreme Court precedent, says David Cinotti at Pashman Stein.

  • Series

    The Pop Culture Docket: Judge D'Emic On Moby Grape

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    The 1968 Moby Grape song "Murder in My Heart for the Judge" tells the tale of a fictional defendant treated with scorn by the judge, illustrating how much the legal system has evolved in the past 50 years, largely due to problem-solving courts and the principles of procedural justice, says Kings County Supreme Court Administrative Judge Matthew D'Emic.

  • UK Compulsory Mediation Ruling Still Leaves Courts Leeway

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    An English Court of Appeal recently issued a landmark decision in Churchill v. Merthyr Tydfil County, stating that courts can compel parties to engage in alternative dispute resolution, but the decision does not dictate how courts should exercise this power, which litigants will likely welcome, say lawyers at Herbert Smith.

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    Performing Music Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    The discipline of performing live music has directly and positively influenced my effectiveness as a litigator — serving as a reminder that practice, intuition and team building are all important elements of a successful law practice, says Jeff Wakolbinger at Bryan Cave.

  • Russia Ruling Shows UK's Robust Jurisdiction Approach

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    An English High Court's recent decision to grant an anti-suit injunction in the Russia-related dispute Renaissance Securities v. Chlodwig Enterprises clearly illustrates that obtaining an injunction will likely be more straightforward when the seat is in England compared to when it is abroad, say lawyers at Linklaters.

  • Breaking Down High Court's New Code Of Conduct

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    The U.S. Supreme Court recently adopted its first-ever code of conduct, and counsel will need to work closely with clients in navigating its provisions, from gift-giving to recusal bids, say Phillip Gordon and Mateo Forero at Holtzman Vogel.

  • Opinion

    Legal Profession Gender Parity Requires Equal Parental Leave

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    To truly foster equity in the legal profession and to promote attorney retention, workplaces need to better support all parents, regardless of gender — starting by offering equal and robust parental leave to both birthing and non-birthing parents, says Ali Spindler at Irwin Fritchie.

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    Writing Thriller Novels Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    Authoring several thriller novels has enriched my work by providing a fresh perspective on my privacy practice, expanding my knowledge, and keeping me alert to the next wave of issues in an increasingly complex space — a reminder to all lawyers that extracurricular activities can help sharpen professional instincts, says Reece Hirsch at Morgan Lewis.

  • What Lawyers Must Know About Calif. State Bar's AI Guidance

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    Initial recommendations from the State Bar of California regarding use of generative artificial intelligence by lawyers have the potential to become a useful set of guidelines in the industry, covering confidentiality, supervision and training, communications, discrimination and more, say attorneys at Debevoise.

  • Industry Must Elevate Native American Women Attys' Stories

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    The American Bar Association's recent research study into Native American women attorneys' experiences in the legal industry reveals the glacial pace of progress, and should inform efforts to amplify Native voices in the field, says Mary Smith, president of the ABA.

  • Understanding Discovery Obligations In Era Of Generative AI

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    Attorneys and businesses must adapt to the unique discovery challenges presented by generative artificial intelligence, such as chatbot content and prompts, while upholding the principles of fairness, transparency and compliance with legal obligations in federal civil litigation, say attorneys at King & Spalding.

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