Law360 congratulates the winners of its 2020 Practice Groups of the Year awards, which honor the law firms behind the litigation wins and major deals that resonated throughout the legal industry in the past year.
The eight law firms topping Law360's Firms of the Year managed to win 54 Practice Group of the Year awards among them, for guiding landmark deals, scoring victories in high-profile disputes and helping companies navigate uncharted legal seas made rough by the coronavirus pandemic.
Britain's top court has dismissed an appeal by U.S. oil-services company Halliburton over Chubb's choice of arbitrator for a dispute over the Deepwater Horizon disaster, in a highly anticipated ruling on Friday that has also clarified the legal test for apparent bias in arbitration.
An appeals court overturned an order on Thursday that prevented a construction company, which is seeking damages over an abandoned hotel commission in Nigeria, from enforcing parts of a $48 million arbitration award against the African country's federal airports authority.
A Microsoft unit that provides hosting for software development is being targeted by a Luxembourg company for information to help it fend off arbitration initiated by the founder of Hungerstation, Saudi Arabia's largest food delivery app, over control of the company.
Guatemala has paid $37.4 million to a subsidiary of U.S.-based Teco Energy Inc. to satisfy an arbitral award the country had challenged for seven years in a long-running dispute over electricity tariffs.
The Qatar Financial Centre Regulatory Authority has asked a New York state court to enforce a 200 million Qatari riyal ($55 million) judgment from its financial court against First Abu Dhabi Bank over its "flagrant and persistent flouting" of an investigation.
Dentons has hired a new partner and two other attorneys from Italian law firm Gianni Origoni Grippo Cappelli & Partners for its growing litigation and dispute resolution group, saying the team of three will be based in its Milan office.
Both sides to a dispute over a terminated deal to distribute Ford vehicles in Kuwait have appealed to the Sixth Circuit a Michigan judge's decision to toss fraud and breach of contract claims asserted by a Kuwaiti auto dealer against the automaker while the claims are sent to arbitration.
An English judge has set aside a damages award issued to a Canadian minerals company following a dispute over a terminated uranium processing project, saying the tribunal had wrongly denied Kazakhstan a chance to present its case on the damages issue.
A Swiss electronics maker has asked a California judge to let it subpoena a U.S. telecommunications company for information it wants to use in a confidential arbitration proceeding before the International Chamber of Commerce.
A judge refused on Tuesday to pare down accusations that a Thai lender conspired to seize control of a $700 million major wind energy company from its owner, saying the bank will have to argue at trial that it has no presence in England.
Chevron foe Steven Donziger's new lawyer questioned Monday who's in charge of given issues relating to Donziger's criminal contempt case, telling U.S. District Judge Lewis Kaplan, the judge in Donziger's civil case, that the situation is beset by "utter opacity."
Ukraine came up short on Monday in its efforts to reverse an enforcement order for $81 million of a $112 million arbitral award issued to the Russian oil company Tatneft after an English judge rejected Kyiv's petition as an abuse of process.
A D.C. federal judge has agreed that pausing litigation to enforce $50 billion in arbitral awards against Russia is the best way to avoid a "litigation quagmire" that could arise if the Netherlands' highest court nixes the awards, even though those proceedings could last up to five more years.
Petrobras and Belgium-based Transcor Astra Group want the Texas Supreme Court to weigh in on long-running litigation over a soured Texas refinery partnership and an $820 million settlement tainted by a corruption scandal that engulfed Brazil's state-owned oil giant.
A D.C. federal judge has given Romania 14 days to comply with discovery or get hit with contempt sanctions starting at $25,000 per week in a dispute over a $356 million arbitral award won by Swedish investors.
Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP has nabbed Jones Day LLP appellate litigator Shay Dvoretzky to launch its new U.S. Supreme Court practice, becoming the latest New York-based litigation powerhouse to start focusing more on the high court.
The European Commission is seeking responses from the financial sector on proposals for defining which economic activities can be classed as "environmentally sustainable" as the European Union attempts to draft a common language for investors on climate change.
The conflict between European Union law and international arbitration has become a "particularly challenging challenge," according to Columbia Law School professor George A. Bermann, who characterized the interplay between the two as a "stalemate" without an obvious answer during a keynote speech Friday.
A meeting of World Trade Organization members on Friday revealed deep divisions over a proposal from India, South Africa and other developing nations to suspend the trade body's intellectual property protections related to the coronavirus as part of the global response to the pandemic, a Geneva trade official said.
Parsons Engineering has lost its emergency bid for more time to seek additional evidence about an allegedly biased arbitrator who issued a $24 million award against the company, with a California federal judge finding that "any urgency or potential prejudice is of Parsons's own making."
The U.S. Department of Commerce exceeded its authority when it ordered expedited reviews to assess the impact of Canadian subsidies on certain lumber imports, the Court of International Trade has said.
European Union post-Brexit trade talks with the U.K. remained stuck over crucial questions such as competition and dispute resolution on Friday, as France, Belgium and The Netherlands pressed to step up EU preparations for a disruptive no-deal departure by Britain.
A litigation funder claimed Wednesday that Eni's petition for it to turn over documents is actually "retribution" for the company covering a suit that sees the Italian oil giant facing corruption claims over a Nigerian offshore oil deal.
Attorneys can use a new predeposition meet-and-confer obligation for federal litigation — taking effect Tuesday — to better understand and narrow the topics of planned testimony, and more clearly outline the scope of any discovery disputes, says James Wagstaffe at Wagstaffe von Loewenfeldt Busch.
Many organizations are making plans for executives to go into government jobs, or for government officials to join a private sector team, but they must understand the many ethics rules that can put a damper on just how valuable the former employee or new hire can be, say Scott Thomas and Jennifer Carrier at Blank Rome.
As Florida continues to draw new residents, those attracted by the assumption that it is a debtor-friendly locale are in for a surprise as the state's courts can, and do, recognize and enforce foreign judgments, asset freezes and injunctions, say John Chapman and Benjamin Taormina at Holland & Knight.
As the pandemic brings a variety of legal stresses for businesses, lawyers must understand the emotional dynamic of a crisis and the particular energy it produces to effectively fulfill their role as advisers, say Meredith Parfet and Aaron Solomon at Ravenyard Group.
Richard Finkelman and Yihua Astle at Berkeley Research Group discuss the ethical and bias concerns law firms must address when implementing artificial intelligence-powered applications for recruiting, conflict identification and client counseling.
In a circuit split over whether a U.S. foreign discovery law may be used for private arbitration, the Third Circuit in Axion Holding Cyprus may choose a middle ground by finding that private arbitration under the U.K. Arbitration Act involves sufficient judicial oversight to make it subject to the statute, says Adrienne Koch at Katsky Korins.
Attorneys should consider the pros and cons of participating in virtual court proceedings from home versus their law firm offices, and whether they have the right audio, video and team communication tools for their particular setup, say attorneys at Arnold & Porter.
Attorneys considering blowing the whistle on False Claims Act violations by recipients of COVID-19 relief may face a number of ethical constraints on their ability to disclose client information and file qui tam actions, say Breon Peace and Jennifer Kennedy Park at Cleary.
U.S. Supreme Court nominees typically face intense questioning over potential judicial activism, but a better way to gauge judges' activist tendencies may be to look at the footnotes in their opinions, say Christopher Collier at Hawkins Parnell and Michael Arndt at Rohan Law.
The pandemic has accelerated the need to improve the practice of law through technology, but law firms and in-house legal departments must first ensure they have employee buy-in and well-defined processes for new digital tools, say Dan Broderick at BlackBoiler and Daryl Shetterly at Orrick.
Brian Burlant at Major Lindsey looks at how pandemic-era remote work has changed the way law firms operate — from shifts in secretarial functions to associate professional development — and explains why some alterations may be here to stay.
Blanket rules that bar recording or dissemination of remote public court proceedings impede presumptive common law and First Amendment right of access, greatly expand courts' powers over nonparties, and likely run afoul of U.S. Supreme Court precedent, says Matthew Schafer at ViacomCBS.
The vilification of Jones Day and Porter Wright for their involvement in President Donald Trump's election lawsuits is an attack on lawyers' duty to advocate for their clients' causes fearlessly and zealously within the bounds of the law, says Pierce O'Donnell at Greenberg Glusker.
Vanessa Barsanti and Sarah Mahoney at Redgrave explore how attorneys can prevent collateral discovery disputes by efficiently overseeing the electronic document review process and ensuring the integrity of the information provided to opposing counsel.
President-elect Joe Biden’s administration will shift focus away from transactional relationships, focusing instead on multilateralism and rebuilding relations with key allies, even if a number of Trump administration trade initiatives live on, say attorneys at Squire Patton.