International Arbitration

  • July 30, 2021

    2nd Circ. Discovery Order Defies DOJ Stance, Court Hears

    The target of a petition seeking evidence aimed at shoring up arbitration against Lithuania over the nationalization of a prominent bank is urging the Second Circuit to revisit the petition, pointing to the Justice Department's stance that such an application flouts U.S. law.

  • July 30, 2021

    Hedge Fund, Kazakhstan Jostle Over Venue In Fraud Suit

    Kazakhstan and a hedge fund it has accused of conspiring with Moldovan oil and gas investors to secure an allegedly fraudulent half-billion-dollar arbitral award remain at loggerheads over the dispute's proper venue, as both sides jostled on Thursday over threshold jurisdictional issues.

  • July 30, 2021

    Experts Tapped To Hear Malaysia Palm Oil Fight Against EU

    Three trade law experts were tapped by the World Trade Organization's director-general to fill a panel that will hear Malaysia's challenge to a European Union plan phasing out palm oil-based biofuels, according to a notice published Friday.

  • July 30, 2021

    Australian Judge Makes Bold Patent Leap For AI Inventions

    An Australian federal judge on Friday became the first jurist in the world to rule that inventions developed by artificial intelligence can qualify for patent protection, a decision that splits with how courts in the U.K. and U.S. have handled the issue.

  • July 30, 2021

    Judge Says Iraq Can't Ditch $53M Mineral Contract Fight

    A Jordanian company's efforts to enforce a $53 million foreign judgment against the Iraqi government over a mineral contract should proceed, a D.C. federal magistrate judge said, finding the country hasn't disproved claims it waived its sovereign immunity. 

  • July 29, 2021

    COVID-Fueled Boom In Disputes Likely To Last, Experts Say

    Although the COVID-19 pandemic fed increases in disputes work for many law firms and led to a spike in cases at major arbitral institutions, experts say the boom in the dispute resolution industry isn't likely to slow down, even if the crisis ends tomorrow.

  • July 29, 2021

    GE Opposes Energy Co.'s Fast-Track Appeal Bid In $1.1B Case

    GE has asked the Second Circuit not to expedite an Angolan energy company's appeal of a lower court order dismissing a $1.1 billion contract forgery suit on the grounds that the case should go to an Angolan forum, arguing that its challenge doesn't merit such special treatment.

  • July 29, 2021

    Ex-MSC Cruises Crewman Fights Arbitration In Injury Suit

    A former crewman on an MSC Cruises vessel who claims the ship's doctor ignored his kidney condition has told a Florida federal judge that he shouldn't have to go to arbitration, saying conflicting dispute-resolution clauses in his employment and collective bargaining agreements cancel each other out.

  • July 29, 2021

    Battery Venture Ends With $9M Judgment Against Owner

    A Norwegian entrepreneur's ambitious battery venture, which at one point supposedly raised $1 billion, ended quietly in Florida federal court Thursday after he failed to mount a defense to a $9 million arbitration enforcement action.

  • July 29, 2021

    Eversheds Sutherland Hires 1st Chief Transformation Officer

    Eversheds Sutherland has tapped information technology leader Ronan Hanrahan as its first chief transformation officer.

  • July 29, 2021

    Exiled Mining Tycoon Loses Bid To Retake Gold-Mining Biz

    An exiled Turkish tycoon has failed in his latest attempt to take control of his family's gold mining business, as a London court ruled that trustees appointed by the government following a failed coup had authorization to run the company.

  • July 28, 2021

    Oil Co. Reaches Deal With Ecuador Over $412M Award

    A D.C. federal judge has approved a Bahamian oil company's bid to let it enforce a $412 million arbitral award against Ecuador after the parties reached an agreement on the amount of interest owed in a dispute over profits from two oil blocks in the Amazon.

  • July 28, 2021

    South Africa Issues World's First Patent With AI Inventor

    The patent office in South Africa on Wednesday issued the world's first patent for an invention created by artificial intelligence, furthering a fight over recognition for such patents in other countries.

  • July 28, 2021

    Romania Fights $2.9M Sanctions In Investor $356M Award Suit

    The Romanian government has urged a D.C. federal judge to deny a $2.9 million sanction request by Viorel and Ioan Micula, two Swedish food investors who say the country violated contempt orders by not following post-judgment discovery obligations.

  • July 28, 2021

    Russia Faces New Defeat As Yukos Capital Awarded $5B

    An international tribunal has ordered Russia to pay Yukos Oil Co.'s financing arm, Yukos Capital, $5 billion in yet another proceeding that arose out the Kremlin's dismantling of what was once the country's largest oil company.

  • July 28, 2021

    Pillsbury Adds Ex-Womble Bond Energy Litigators In Houston

    Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP has added two energy litigators previously with Womble Bond Dickinson as partners in its Houston office, the firm has announced.

  • July 27, 2021

    Aussie Mining Co. Lodges $94M Arbitration Against Tanzania

    An Australian mining company has opened a 127 million Australian dollar (about $93.5 million) arbitration with the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes against Tanzania for allegedly violating international investment agreements by seizing a project site under altered laws.

  • July 27, 2021

    Cement Co. Says Nixed $36M Award Can't Be Enforced

    A Mexican cement company is urging the Tenth Circuit to vacate a $36 million arbitral award issued to a Bolivian investment firm that it says has been set aside in that country, saying a lower court bucked Second Circuit precedent by not deferring to the Bolivian court.

  • July 27, 2021

    Angola Wins Back $768M Stake In Portuguese Oil And Gas Co.

    A Dutch tribunal has restored Angolan national oil company Sonangol's ownership of a $768 million stake in Portugal's largest oil and gas company, concluding that a transaction transferring those assets to a company owned by Isabel dos Santos, once Africa's richest woman, was "tainted by illegality."

  • July 27, 2021

    Sullivan & Cromwell Snags Former Assistant Solicitor General

    Sullivan & Cromwell LLP has brought on a former Trump administration assistant solicitor general as special counsel in its Supreme Court and appellate practice, the firm said Monday.

  • July 27, 2021

    Ransomware Attacks Drive Up Cyber Insurance Prices

    An increase in attacks on IT systems and accompanying ransom demands from hackers is continuing to push up prices for cyber insurance around the world, insurance broker Marsh said on Tuesday.

  • July 26, 2021

    Biotech Co. Can't Arbitrate $881M Cannabinoid IP Fight

    A New York federal judge on Monday denied biotech company Amyris' bid to arbitrate an $881 million trade secrets fight with cannabinoid manufacturer Lavvan, finding that a prior agreement the parties entered into requires them to litigate intellectual property disputes.

  • July 26, 2021

    Crypto Exchange Seeks Restraining Order Against Hackers

    A cryptocurrency exchange has asked a New York federal judge for an order preventing Chinese hackers from making fraudulent transfers, following an attack on the Bitcoin SV network earlier this month.

  • July 26, 2021

    Feds Say Latham PowerPoints Are Off-Limits To Huawei

    Federal prosecutors are fighting Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd.'s bid to unveil a trove of evidence, including PowerPoint presentations given by Latham & Watkins LLP to the government, that could help the Chinese telecommunications giant defend itself in a case accusing it of dodging U.S. sanctions and scheming to steal trade secrets.

  • July 26, 2021

    Australian Wine Exports Tank After China Imposes Tariffs

    Australian wine exports to China plummeted to $13 million during the six months following China's imposition of tariffs in November, compared with $419 million in the same period the previous year, according to the trade body Wine Australia.

Expert Analysis

  • Law Firms, Know Who's Responsible For Your Cloud Security

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    Lawyers generally know that files go into the cloud and that the files are then secured and protected, but it's necessary for firms to take a closer look at their cloud supply chain and then come up with a responsibility matrix that helps mitigate any potential risks or weaknesses, says Martin Ward at iManage.

  • Opinion

    UN Litigation Funding Proposal Overlooks Smaller Businesses

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    The United Nations recently proposed provisions to limit the use of third-party funding in investor-state dispute settlements, but failed to consider the effects of these provisions on small and medium-sized enterprises, says Christopher DeLise at Delta Capital.

  • Benefits For Law Firms Venturing Into New Services

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    By offering more services, law firms can deepen and strengthen their client relationships and truly become an extension of their clients' teams while generating new revenue streams, and while there are risks associated with expanding into consulting, they may be worth it, says Lou Ramos at Major Lindsey.

  • Series

    Embracing ESG: Exelon GC Talks Diversity Initiatives

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    Executing a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion programming, through recruitment, inclusive legal pipelines and community empowerment via pro bono efforts, can ensure a strong environmental, social and governance proposition, says Gayle Littleton at Exelon.

  • Revamping Law Firm Marketing Lists — With Partner Buy-In

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    Jackson Lewis’ Paige Bowser shares lessons from the firm's recent overhaul of an outdated email marketing database, including tips for getting partners on board, ensuring compliance with privacy laws and augmenting outreach strategies.

  • The Murky World Of Legal Rankings Gets Some Clarity In NJ

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    New Jersey's new, stringent approach to legal rankings will make accolade advertising more transparent, benefiting both attorneys and clients and offering legal marketers a new set of best practices amid evolving standards, say Penny Paul at Lowenstein Sandler and Susan Peters at Greybridge.

  • Series

    Embracing ESG: Cigna Counsel Talks Employee Wellness

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    Building employee well-being into corporate environmental, social and governance priorities required our legal team to focus more closely on cross-functional collaboration within the company and increased communication with our board of directors and shareholders, says Julia Brncic at Cigna.

  • Hybrid Work Models Are Key To Gender Parity In Law Firms

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    To curb the historically high rates of attrition among female lawyers, Roberta Liebenberg at Fine Kaplan and Stephanie Scharf at Scharf Banks suggest firms must normalize hybrid work schedules, and they recommend best practices to promote engagement among all attorneys, regardless of where they work.

  • 3 Keys To Winning Your Next Oral Argument

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    To leverage the unique opportunity oral arguments provide to talk directly to judges and contribute to their decision making, attorneys must mind the three hallmarks of persuasiveness: projecting credibility, exuding likability and gaining the listener's trust, says Daniel Karon at Karon LLC.

  • Keys To Efficient And Accurate Doc Review For E-Discovery

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    Attorneys involved in e-discovery can review information accurately and cost-effectively by understanding the data in a document collection and identifying its key pitfalls, drafting comprehensive review guidelines, and preparing ahead, says John Wertelet at Eckert Seamans.

  • Series

    Embracing ESG: Raytheon GC Talks Climate Change

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    Now that the climate crisis is seen as an existential threat, the stakes couldn't be higher — or the challenges more daunting — for the general counsel, who must enlist all parts of the company for support while providing both a legal and ethical road map on how to respond, says Frank Jimenez at Raytheon.

  • Mass. Ruling A Cautionary Tale For Attorneys Changing Firms

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    The Massachusetts high court's recent ruling in Governo v. Bergeron, that lawyers could be held liable for unfair competition with a former firm, highlights important considerations for departing attorneys soliciting clients to come with them, say Mariana Korsunsky and Gary Ronan at Goulston & Storrs.

  • How To Avert Media Narrative And Get A Fair High-Stakes Trial

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    Corporate defendants in bet-the-company litigation may face an uphill battle to a fair trial when the media paints an entire industry, and every entity within it, as a villain — but some strategic tools can help build a more constructive defense and counteract damaging outside spin, says Jessie Zeigler at Bass Berry.

  • Courts May Hesitate On FSIA Exception After 2nd Circ. Ruling

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    The Second Circuit's recent ruling in Beierwaltes v. Federal Office of Culture of the Swiss Confederation — that a routine law enforcement seizure does not fall within the scope of the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act's expropriation exception — means the exception will likely continue to be applied narrowly by lower courts, providing a deterrent effect for would-be plaintiffs, say attorneys at Cleary.

  • Opinion

    State Courts' Stark Lack Of Diversity Demands Action

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    With state judiciaries lagging their federal counterparts in demographic and professional diversity, law firms, state bar associations and other stakeholders should help build a path for more people with diverse backgrounds to become state judges, say Janna Adelstein and Alicia Bannon at the Brennan Center for Justice.

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