International Arbitration

  • January 17, 2020

    BigLaw Arbitration Specialists Are Among 114 New QCs

    Six international arbitration lawyers from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, White & Case LLP, Herbert Smith Freehills LLP, Blackstone Chambers and Clyde & Co. LLP are among the 114 new Queen's Counsel who will formally become silks in March.

  • January 17, 2020

    Mining Co. Says Tanzania Illegally Took Over Its Project Site

    An investor in a U.K.-based mining company said it plans to institute arbitration proceedings against Tanzania after the East African nation allegedly took over a project site in violation of international law.

  • January 16, 2020

    Spain Wants Suit Over €42M Renewable Energy Award Tossed

    Spain has asked a D.C. federal court to toss litigation filed by a Luxembourg renewable energy investor to enforce a €41.8 million ($46.56 million) arbitral award over revoked economic incentives, arguing that the award is invalid under European Union law.

  • January 16, 2020

    Mexico Must Share Quinn Emanuel Probe Info In $700M Case

    Mexico must disclose whether it's investigating alleged improprieties committed by Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP stemming from its representation of U.S. investors seeking at least $700 million from the country in arbitration over terminated oil rig lease agreements, an international tribunal has ruled.

  • January 16, 2020

    Teco Says Guatemala Has No Intention Of Paying $35M Award

    U.S.-based Teco Energy Inc. told a D.C. federal judge that stronger measures should be taken to make Guatemala pay an arbitration award worth $35 million because the Central American nation has no intention of ever paying it.

  • January 16, 2020

    Small Businesses Increase Insurance As Brexit Looms

    One in three small and midsized businesses in Britain have increased their stockpiles in preparation for Brexit, research published Thursday has found.

  • January 16, 2020

    Senate Sends North America Trade Deal To Trump

    The Senate approved President Donald Trump's updated North American trade pact in a bipartisan 89-10 vote Thursday, more than a year after negotiations with Mexico and Canada concluded.

  • January 15, 2020

    Greenberg Traurig Adds Shook Hardy Litigator In Miami

    The newest addition to Greenberg Traurig LLP’s flagship Miami office is a seasoned litigator and experienced arbitrator who joins the South Florida-founded firm from Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP, Greenberg Traurig announced Wednesday.

  • January 15, 2020

    Creditor Can Proceed With $118M Venezuelan Debt Case

    A creditor of Venezuela's state-owned oil company that claims it's owed more than $118 million can proceed with litigation to enforce the debt after a New York federal judge ruled that it wouldn't be fair to keep the case on hold until the country is politically stable.

  • January 15, 2020

    Romania Tells DC Circ. $356M Award Was Wrongly Enforced

    Romania has urged the D.C. Circuit to overturn a ruling enforcing a more than $356 million arbitral award issued to a pair of Swedish food investors, arguing that the lower court improperly blocked it from pointing out the flaws in an expert report on the award's total value.

  • January 15, 2020

    How The US Plans To Enforce Its New Trade Deal With China

    The preliminary U.S.-China trade deal signed Wednesday will allow the U.S. to swiftly punish Beijing if the agreement is violated, as the White House looks to correct past administrations’ struggles to secure meaningful reforms in China.

  • January 15, 2020

    Oligarch's Ex Loses Fight For £9M London House

    A London judge on Wednesday scrapped an upcoming trial over whether a Russian banker's ex-wife can profit from the sale of a £9 million ($11.7 million) house in the country's capital because of her "casual" approach to disclosing her bank accounts.

  • January 15, 2020

    US, China Ink 'Phase 1' Trade Deal After Years Of Turmoil

    The U.S. and China reached a momentary truce in their yearslong trade standoff on Wednesday with the signing of a preliminary trade agreement that the Trump administration has promised will bring “structural reforms” to Beijing.

  • January 14, 2020

    'Rapid' Labor Disputes Tool In New NAFTA Could Fall Short

    A new "rapid response" enforcement mechanism aimed at resolving labor disputes that was added last month to the United States' newly renegotiated trade deal with Mexico and Canada is a novel addition, but a lack of details about its implementation has left some experts wondering whether it will be effective.

  • January 14, 2020

    Justices Eyeing Dental Arbitration Dispute Ahead Of Trial

    The U.S. Supreme Court has shown a flash of interest in dental supplier Henry Schein Inc.'s latest effort to force a competitor's multimillion-dollar contract lawsuit into arbitration as it hurdles toward trial following a previous stint before the justices.

  • January 14, 2020

    USMCA Trade Deal Slated For Final Passage This Week

    President Donald Trump's U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement is on track for final approval this week, the Senate majority leader said Tuesday, setting a timetable for the long-awaited trade pact that's expected to win overwhelming support.

  • January 14, 2020

    Tribunal Gives Djibouti 2 Months To Restore Port Rights

    A London-based tribunal has ordered Djibouti to restore the Emirati company DP World's right to operate a deep-sea terminal that the East African nation illegally seized and transferred to a state-owned company, according to a Tuesday statement.​​​​​​

  • January 14, 2020

    Cybercrime Ranked As Biggest Threat To Business

    Business leaders and risk experts have said for the first time that the threat of cyber-warfare is their number one concern, a survey by German insurer Allianz AG published Tuesday has found.

  • January 14, 2020

    Banks Call On EU To Improve Market Access Ahead Of Brexit

    Global banks called on the European Union on Tuesday to improve access to its financial markets ahead of Brexit by making the process more transparent and predictable, while ensuring stability and protection for investors.

  • January 13, 2020

    4th Circ. Says Arbitration Was Waived In Iraqi $2M Loan Fight

    An Iraqi company's managing partner waived his right to arbitrate a dispute with a Texas nonprofit over an outstanding $2 million loan, the Fourth Circuit ruled on Monday, concluding that the man wasn't excused from asserting that right in related Iraqi proceedings.

  • January 13, 2020

    Wine Co. Shareholder Objects To Report In $28.7M Award Row

    A Chilean wine company’s controlling shareholder on Monday clarified his objections to a Florida federal magistrate judge's findings on jurisdiction in an investor’s case looking to enforce a $28.7 million arbitral award, saying the investor can’t argue that he created an alter ego to escape payment.

  • January 13, 2020

    Venezuela Says Crystallex Can't Rush High Court Challenge

    The Canadian mining company Crystallex can’t force Venezuela to speed up its bid to have the U.S. Supreme Court review a $1.4 billion arbitral award dispute, the Latin American country said in Delaware federal court.

  • January 13, 2020

    High Court Won't Hear Ukraine's Petition In $112M Award Fight

    Ukraine's challenge of a ruling rejecting its sovereign immunity defense in litigation to enforce a $112 million arbitral award issued to a Russian oil company ended Monday after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to take up the case.

  • January 13, 2020

    High Court Won't Mull Arbitration For Tribal Co.'s Loans

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected a challenge to a Second Circuit ruling that arbitration clauses in a Native American tribe-owned company’s loan agreements couldn’t be enforced, a decision based in part on the agreements being subject to tribal court review.

  • January 11, 2020

    The Firms That Dominated In 2019

    Law360’s top seven Firms of the Year cleaned up at the 2019 Practice Group of the Year awards, notching a combined 46 wins after spending the past year helping companies navigate blockbuster deals and secure key high court rulings.

Expert Analysis

  • How Associate Life Has Evolved Over The Past Decade

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    During the last 10 years, the need to embrace change was fundamental for law firms, and that change affected associates in many ways — most, but not all, for the better, says Brad Kaufman, co-president of Greenberg Traurig.

  • How International Trade May Play Out In 2020

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    Despite the tumult the Trump administration's actions have created in international trade, the president's attempt at long-term disruption of global markets is unlikely to be successful, says Peter Quinter at GrayRobinson.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Dyk Reviews 'Democracy And Equality'

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    In their new book "Democracy and Equality: The Enduring Constitutional Vision of the Warren Court," Geoffrey Stone and David Strauss provide valuable context for U.S. Supreme Court decisions under Chief Justice Earl Warren that have profoundly affected the country, but their overly protective attitude sometimes obscures reality, says Federal Circuit Judge Timothy Dyk.

  • Deciphering Tribunals' Practice In Investor-State Arbitration

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    Our recent study of 114 publicly available decisions on provisional measures in investor-state proceedings reveals key trends in arbitration tribunal jurisprudence, say David Goldberg and Ivan Philippov of White & Case, and professor Yarik Kryvoi of the British Institute of International and Comparative Law.

  • 7 Insider Tips For Working With In-House Counsel

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    For outside firms wondering how to best support busy in-house lawyers, several practices can help navigate critical legal issues and novel business challenges while strengthening the working relationship, says Virginia Hudson, associate general counsel at Capital One.

  • 50 Years Later, Interpretive Challenges Remain For RICO

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    In the 50 years since the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act was passed, courts' attempts to clarify the statute have had some success, but many interpretive dilemmas remain unresolved, says Randy Gordon of Barnes & Thornburg.

  • 7 Ethics Tips For Lawyers' Pretrial Social Media Use

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    As ethical constraints on pretrial social media use evolve, the American Bar Association's Model Rules and several court opinions provide guidance on avoiding violations when collecting evidence, researching jurors and friending judges, say Hilary Gerzhoy and Mark Davis at Harris Wiltshire.

  • Opinion

    States Should Not Follow ABA On Attorney Conduct Rules

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    Because the American Bar Association's new rule on diversity continues to use the Model Rules of Professional Conduct as a cultural bludgeon, states should create independent codes limited to constitutionally valid purposes of attorney regulation, says Bradley Abramson of Alliance Defending Freedom.

  • How Courts And Litigants Can Benefit From Special Masters

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    As we approach the first anniversary of the American Bar Association's adoption of guidelines for the appointment and use of special masters in civil litigation, retired U.S. District Judge Shira Scheindlin, now at Stroock, explains how special masters can help parties and courts with faster decision-making and subject matter expertise.

  • Uber Policy Calls For Refresher On ABA Confidentiality Rules

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    Uber's recent policy update allowing drivers to audio-record passenger rides is a reminder for lawyers to observe the highest standard of care in protecting client information under the American Bar Association's confidentiality model rule, says Paul Boehm at Williams & Connolly.

  • 4 Simple Rules For Witness Note Taking

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    Witness notes that form the center of a plaintiff’s case have largely been replaced by digital systems, but they remain on defense counsel’s radar, and with proper safeguards can be a witness's best friend, says Matthew Keenan at Shook Hardy.

  • Opinion

    2 Overlooked Advantages Of Hourly Fees

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    Alternative-fee disputes like Bartlit Beck v. Okada in Illinois federal court may tell us something about the reasons for the continued vitality of the hourly fee, especially among clients who have the wherewithal to pay, says attorney J.B. Heaton.

  • 5 Things To Watch In Litigation Finance This Year

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    As 2020 arrives, we may see new products and initiatives in litigation finance that we can’t imagine yet, but one thing is clear — this industry is well past its earliest stage and is entering a very active growth spurt, says Ralph Sutton of Validity Finance.

  • Hottest Legal Industry Guest Topics Of 2019

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    This year guest contributors discussed tips for lawyers combating burnout and dealing with narcissists, how millennials are changing law firm culture, BigLaw’s move toward plaintiff-side litigation and other legal industry trends.

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    Judging A Book: Hinojosa Reviews 'Crimes And Punishments'

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    In his new book "Crimes and Punishments: Entering the Mind of a Sentencing Judge," U.S. District Judge Frederic Block explains sentencing decisions in a way that is interesting for a general audience, and also allows other adjudicators to reflect on how their practices may differ, says U.S. District Judge Ricardo Hinojosa of the Southern District of Texas.