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International Arbitration

  • September 21, 2018

    LG Panama, Mall Ordered To Show If AC Contract Is Binding

    A Virgin Islands federal judge on Friday vacated an order compelling the owners of a shopping center to arbitrate their dispute with LG Electronics Panama over commercial air conditioning equipment, finding that more discovery is needed to determine whether the contract between the parties was a legally binding agreement.

  • September 21, 2018

    Ex-Yukos Shareholders Widen Doc Bid In $50B Award Row

    Former OAO Yukos Oil Co. shareholders on Friday opened up another front in their bid for information to be used in a closely watched appeal in the Netherlands to revive $50 billion in arbitral awards against Russia, seeking permission to subpoena a former White & Case LLP partner who now lives in Pennsylvania.

  • September 21, 2018

    GE Unit Wants Full 11th Circ. To Decide $45M Steel Plant Row

    A French unit of General Electric Co. urged the Eleventh Circuit on Thursday to revisit its decision finding that an Alabama steel plant owner doesn't have to arbitrate the companies' dispute over allegedly faulty motors, arguing that international arbitration law doesn't preclude non-signatories from enforcing an arbitration agreement.

  • September 21, 2018

    Petrobras Can't Arbitrate Investors Bribery Row In Brazil

    A Netherlands court has denied Brazilian state-owned Petrobras' bid to arbitrate investors' securities fraud claims stemming from the oil giant's massive corruption scandal, ruling instead that shareholders can proceed with a collective action in Rotterdam.

  • September 21, 2018

    UK PM Warns Of Trade Impasse, Reviving 'Hard Brexit' Fears

    Prime Minister Theresa May indicated on Friday that Britain’s chance of leaving the European Union without a trade deal had escalated, leaving banks and insurers facing legal uncertainty and the possibility of a cliff-edge Brexit.

  • September 20, 2018

    HTC Says Ericsson Waived Arbitration In SEP Royalties Row

    HTC America Inc. urged a Texas federal court on Thursday to deny Ericsson Inc.'s bid to arbitrate claims that the Swedish telecommunications company overcharged for aging standard-essential patents, saying Ericsson waived its right to force arbitration of the dispute.

  • September 20, 2018

    LCIA Court Picks Herbert Smith Arbitration Head For Prez Slot

    The London Court of International Arbitration has tapped the head of Herbert Smith Freehills LLP’s global arbitration practice to serve as the court's next president, as well as the co-head of a U.K. commercial law chambers to act as one of its directors.

  • September 20, 2018

    Award In Saudi Contract Row Should Be Nixed, Court Hears

    A U.S. military contractor urged a Georgia federal court on Wednesday to toss a suit seeking to confirm an emergency arbitral award ordering it not to terminate a subcontract under a deal to help maintain Saudi Arabian military aircraft, arguing that it never agreed to arbitrate the dispute.

  • September 20, 2018

    Korean Wind Co. Can't Get Turbine Removal Order Overturned

    A Minnesota federal judge has refused a South Korean wind turbine manufacturer’s bid to alter arbitrators’ order requiring it to pay the cost of dismantling a community wind farm, saying it’s not up to the court to second-guess their decision to undo its contract with an American clean energy company.

  • September 20, 2018

    Data Regulator Plans GDPR 'Sandbox' To Test Compliance

    The U.K.’s data regulator has announced plans to create a regulatory test site to help companies try out innovative business ideas without breaching Europe’s new information protection regime and risking tough penalties.

  • September 19, 2018

    Costa Rica Prevails In $97M Real Estate Project Row

    An international tribunal has rejected several U.S. investors' $97 million claim accusing Costa Rica of improperly shutting down their beachfront villa project, while also accepting jurisdiction over but ultimately rejecting the Central American nation's counterclaim seeking to hold the investors accountable for alleged environmental damage.

  • September 19, 2018

    Gov't Contractor Aims To DQ Saudi Co.'s Atty In Contract Row

    An attorney for a Saudi subcontractor should be disqualified from the subcontractor's suit seeking to confirm an arbitration award against an American defense and logistics contractor as the attorney's prior representation of the U.S. company creates a conflict of interest, the contractor told a Georgia federal court Wednesday.

  • September 19, 2018

    Guinean Shipping Co.'s Claims Trimmed In $150M Ore Row

    A D.C. federal judge has nixed some of a Guinean shipping company's claims accusing American aluminum producer Alcoa of breaching a contract with the Guinean government over ore shipments, finding that while the shipper doesn't have to arbitrate its $150 million lawsuit, it can only proceed with certain contract and racial discrimination claims.

  • September 19, 2018

    Ex-Yukos Shareholders Want White & Case Docs In $50B Row

    Former shareholders of OAO Yukos Oil Co. asked a New York federal court to let them subpoena White & Case LLP and its chairman, Hugh Verrier, for information to be used in a closely watched appeal in the Netherlands to revive $50 billion in arbitral awards issued against Russia following the country's 2007 dismantling of the oil giant.

  • September 19, 2018

    Canada Returns To NAFTA Table Amid GOP Frustration

    The Trump administration resumed its North American Free Trade Agreement negotiations with Canada on Wednesday as key Republican lawmakers began to express impatience with Ottawa's reluctance to join the political-level agreement between the U.S. and Mexico.

  • September 18, 2018

    Dutch Telecom Says Tech Co.'s $37M Suit Must Be Arbitrated

    Dutch telecom Veon Ltd. and its erstwhile Italian subsidiary have urged a California federal court to send to arbitration an approximately $37 million dispute with an information technology company over alleged fraud, saying the technology company is obligated to honor its contractual promise to arbitrate disputes.

  • September 18, 2018

    Chevron Wants Donziger Jailed In Fight Over $9.5B Fine

    Chevron Corp. told a New York federal court that attorney Steven Donziger, who helped procure a fraudulent $9.5 billion judgment in Ecuador over pollution in the Amazon, should be jailed if he continues refusing to transfer his interest in the proceeds of that judgment to Chevron.

  • September 18, 2018

    Mason Seeks $200M From S. Korea Over Samsung Merger

    A Mason Capital Management LLC investment fund and its general partner have launched a $200 million arbitration claim against South Korea stemming from its alleged interference in the controversial 2015 merger of two Samsung affiliates, according to documents released Tuesday by the country’s Ministry of Justice.

  • September 18, 2018

    Canadian Miner Seeks €750M From Greece Over Permit Delays

    Canadian mining company Eldorado Gold Corp. said Tuesday that its Greek subsidiary Hellas Gold SA is seeking €750 million ($877.35 million) from the Greek government for costs allegedly incurred by delays in the issuance of permits for the company’s Skouries mine.

  • September 18, 2018

    EU Lays Out Sweeping Vision For WTO Reform

    As the global trading system sags amid rising tensions between the U.S. and its partners, the European Union on Tuesday unveiled an informal proposal to reform the World Trade Organization by modernizing its rules, improving its oversight function and repairing its hobbled dispute settlement system.

Expert Analysis

  • Cloud Computing Clearly The Future For Small Firms

    Holly Urban

    While in-house technology investments on the scale and complexity needed to compete with large firms remain cost prohibitive for small and midsize law firms, cloud-based services offer significant cost savings and productivity gains with little to no capital investment, says Holly Urban of Effortless Legal LLC.

  • Leveraging Today's Lateral Associate Market

    Darin Morgan

    With the Milbank/Cravath pay scale once again equalizing compensation at many Am Law 100 firms, there is even more pressure for firms to differentiate themselves to top lateral associate candidates. This presents strategic considerations for both law firms and lateral candidates throughout the recruitment process, says Darin Morgan of Major Lindsey & Africa.

  • Q&A

    Back To School: Stanford's Jeff Fisher Talks Supreme Court

    Jeffrey Fisher

    In this series featuring law school luminaries, Stanford Law School professor Jeffrey Fisher discusses his motivation for teaching, arguing before the U.S. Supreme Court and what the court might look like if Judge Brett Kavanaugh is confirmed.

  • Calif.'s New Rules For Lawyers Move Closer To ABA Model

    Mark Loeterman

    The first comprehensive overhaul of California's Rules of Professional Conduct in nearly 30 years becomes operational on Nov. 1. Some of the new rules mirror the model language used by the American Bar Association, but many continue to reflect California’s unique approach to certain ethical questions, says Mark Loeterman of Signature Resolution LLC.

  • Know The Limits To Atty Public Statements During A Trial

    Matthew Giardina

    The balancing act between protecting attorneys’ speech rights and ensuring unbiased adjudications was highlighted recently in two cases — when Michael Cohen applied for a restraining order against Stephanie Clifford's attorney, and when Johnson & Johnson questioned whether a Missouri talc verdict was tainted by public statements from the plaintiffs' counsel, says Matthew Giardina of Manning Gross & Massenburg LLP.

  • In Calif., Questions Remain On Law Firm Conflict Waivers

    Richard Rosensweig

    In Sheppard Mullin v. J-M Manufacturing Co., the California Supreme Court ruled last month that a law firm's failure to disclose a known conflict with another current client did not categorically disentitle the firm from recovering fees. But the court didn’t provide hoped-for guidance on how to write an enforceable advance conflict waiver, says Richard Rosensweig of Goulston & Storrs PC.

  • Q&A

    A Chat With Faegre Client Development Chief Melanie Green

    Melanie Green

    In this monthly series, Amanda Brady of Major Lindsey & Africa interviews management from top law firms about the increasingly competitive business environment. Here we feature Melanie Green, chief client development officer at Faegre Baker Daniels LLP.

  • Q&A

    Back To School: Widener's Rod Smolla Talks Free Speech

    Rodney Smolla

    In this new series featuring law school luminaries, Widener University Delaware Law School dean Rodney Smolla discusses teaching philosophies, his interest in First Amendment law, and arguing before the U.S. Supreme Court in Virginia v. Black.

  • New Pass-Through Deduction Will Pass Over Many Lawyers

    Evan Morgan

    A few weeks ago, the IRS proposed regulations related to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act's 20 percent deduction on qualified business income for pass-through entities. The guidance offers long-awaited clarity, but is mostly bad news for many law firms, says Evan Morgan of Kaufman Rossin PA.

  • How Reckless Judicial Impeachments Threaten Rule Of Law

    Jan van Zyl Smit

    Judicial impeachment fever seems to be spreading through the states, with West Virginia legislators recently voting to remove their state's entire Supreme Court, and lawmakers in Pennsylvania and North Carolina threatening the same. These actions are a serious threat to judicial independence, says Jan van Zyl Smit of the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law.