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International Arbitration

  • November 13, 2018

    Contractor Denied Win In Row With Afghan Ex-JV Partner

    A Tennessee federal court judge on Tuesday denied an American man’s bid for a quick win in a breach of contract suit brought against him by an Afghan national with whom he partnered on a joint venture in Afghanistan, saying there was insufficient proof the contract at issue was superseded by another agreement.

  • November 13, 2018

    Energy Co.'s Suit Over $50M Moldova Award Taken Off Hold

    A D.C. federal judge on Tuesday unpaused a Ukrainian energy company's lawsuit seeking to confirm an approximately $50 million arbitral award against the Republic of Moldova, concluding that the award is enforceable despite related ongoing annulment proceedings in France.

  • November 13, 2018

    Romania Sees Energy Co.'s $450M Contract Claim Nixed

    An international tribunal has rejected Swiss energy company Alpiq AG's $450 million claim against Romania, ruling that the country did not violate its international obligations by canceling long-term energy delivery contracts involving Alpiq subsidiaries and the state-owned power producer Hidroelectrica SA.

  • November 13, 2018

    11th Circ. Won't Rethink GE Unit's Arbitration Bid In $45M Suit

    The Eleventh Circuit has declined to reconsider its decision that an Alabama steel plant owner doesn’t have to arbitrate its $45 million dispute with a French unit of General Electric Co. over allegedly faulty motors because there’s no written arbitration agreement between the parties.

  • November 13, 2018

    Japan Cries Foul On S. Korean Shipbuilding Support At WTO

    The Japanese government has filed a new World Trade Organization case against South Korea, asserting that Seoul has been illegally propping up its shipbuilding sector with subsidies and other financial support, according to a WTO document published Tuesday.

  • November 9, 2018

    UK Litigation Roundup: Here's What You Missed In London

    The last week has seen a pair of disputes involving asset manager CGrowth, another suit from private equity-linked firms taking on parties linked to Thailand's KPN Group and Kodak bring a competition case against Goldman, Glencore and others the film giant has accused of manipulating aluminum prices in the U.S. Here, Law360 looks at those and other new claims in the U.K.

  • November 9, 2018

    Vantage Pushes Back On Petrobras Expert In $622M Battle

    Vantage Deepwater Co. continues to push a Texas federal court to strike the declaration of an expert Petrobras relied on to support its bid to vacate a $622 million award, claiming the testimony is unreliable and that a second declaration does not remedy the issues.

  • November 9, 2018

    Electric Car Co. Seeks OK For New Investor After Deal Sinks

    The parent company of American electric vehicle startup Faraday Future has filed suit in California federal court seeking to confirm an arbitration award affirming its right to find alternative financing after a Hong Kong-based investor shirked its obligation to make a payment partway into a $2 billion agreement.

  • November 9, 2018

    Pillsbury Snags Dorsey & Whitney Partner With China Focus

    Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP has nabbed a Dorsey & Whitney LLP partner to bolster its litigation offerings, furthering the firm’s global disputes prowess and expanding its presence in Asia with his background in representing Chinese and U.S. clients.

  • November 9, 2018

    HTC Must Prove Ericsson’s SEP Royalties Breach: Gilstrap

    A Texas federal judge has agreed with Ericsson Inc. that HTC America Inc. bears the burden of proof for its claims that the Swedish telecom breached its obligation to license standard-essential patents for cellular and wireless technology on fair, reasonable and nondiscriminatory terms.

  • November 9, 2018

    WTO Will Decide US-Canada Lumber Battle Next Year

    The World Trade Organization panel currently overseeing the latest skirmish in the long-running softwood lumber dispute between the U.S. and Canada said Friday that it expects to issue its decision in the first half of 2019.

  • November 8, 2018

    Africa Women's Cup Ruling Appealed To Arbitration Court

    Kenya's soccer association has asked the Court of Arbitration for Sport to overturn a decision allowing Equatorial Guinea to compete in the upcoming Africa Women's Cup of Nations tournament after the rival country was previously banned from the competition for allegedly fielding an ineligible player.

  • November 8, 2018

    Fla. Co. Says Its Account Has No Place In Investor Row

    NA Topco Corp. told a federal court Wednesday to dissolve a writ of garnishment because it was issued against a controlling shareholder in a Chilean wine company who was ordered to pay a $28.7 million arbitration award to an investor, but was wrongly applied to the Florida company's Citibank account.

  • November 8, 2018

    Yacht Co. Wants $2M Awards From Chinese Builder Confirmed

    A U.S. yacht company has asked a Florida federal judge to confirm $2 million in awards issued against a Chinese builder over the construction and delivery of the 140-foot luxury yacht King Baby Marine LLC, saying the builder has not responded to the suit.

  • November 8, 2018

    Palm Oil Co. Launches $13M Arbitral Proceedings In Asia

    A Malaysian global agricultural firm has launched $13 million worth of arbitrations in Hong Kong and Singapore against shipping companies that allegedly mislaid the delivery of 21,000 metric tons of palm oil, the firm said Thursday.

  • November 8, 2018

    Azevêdo Casting A Wide Net To Resolve WTO Dilemma

    World Trade Organization Director-General Roberto Azevêdo said Thursday that rising tensions between the U.S. and its partners are a “real concern” and that he is consulting with “all sides” to find a resolution in the near future.

  • November 7, 2018

    HTC Compelled To Arbitrate Antitrust Claims, Past SEP Rates

    A Texas federal court on Wednesday granted a request from Ericsson Inc. to arbitrate HTC America Inc.’s claims that it overpaid in the past for cellular and wireless standard-essential patent licenses, separating them from HTC’s bid to get a better rate set moving forward.

  • November 7, 2018

    Ex-Steward Can't Toss Arbitration Award From Cruise Line

    A Florida federal magistrate judge Tuesday recommended confirmation of an arbitration award in a case by a former Norwegian Cruise Lines steward who said the company refused to pay for spinal surgery allegedly related to an incident aboard ship, saying the court must give considerable leeway to the arbitrator.

  • November 7, 2018

    ICC Eyes Deal As Georgia Bids To Be Region's Arbitration Hub

    The International Chamber of Commerce said it will ink a deal with the country of Georgia to make construction arbitration disputes easier as the government promotes more infrastructure projects in the region that serves as a hub between Europe and Asia and as a nexus of China's Belt and Road Initiative.

  • November 7, 2018

    Lloyd's Of London Heads To Court For Brexit Directions

    Specialty insurance market Lloyd’s of London has stepped up its preparations for Brexit, announcing that it will appear in court later this month to seek approval of plans to transfer its European business to a new Brussels office.

Expert Analysis

  • It’s Time For Law Firms To Start Talking About Gen Z

    Eliza Stoker

    Since the oldest members of Generation Z aren’t even finished with law school yet, law firm management is in a unique position to prepare for their entrance into the legal workforce, says Eliza Stoker of Major Lindsey & Africa.

  • Q&A

    Back To School: Yale's Linda Greenhouse Talks Journalism

    Linda Greenhouse

    In this series featuring law school luminaries, Yale Law School lecturer and Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Linda Greenhouse discusses her coverage of the U.S. Supreme Court, the conservatives' long game and trends in journalism.

  • Opinion

    Celebrate Veterans By Improving Their Access To Justice

    Linda Klein

    Attorneys should think beyond the Veterans Day parades and use their time and talents to help the many veterans facing urgent legal issues, says Linda Klein of Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz PC.

  • Opinion

    Time To Reclaim Wellness For All Lawyers

    Leesa Klepper

    The decision last month by Baker McKenzie’s global chairman to step down due to exhaustion indicates that the legal profession needs to mount a broader wellness effort to address long hours, high stress, frequent travel and the daily demands of practice, says Leesa Klepper, director of Thrivewell Coaching.

  • Section 1782 Appeals Receive Stricter Scrutiny In SDNY

    Jonathan Tompkins

    To benefit from U.S.-style discovery in foreign proceedings, litigants have increasingly turned to 28 USC Section 1782. Federal courts, which impose a stringent test for personal jurisdiction, have been more lax in analyzing the statute's residency element, but four recent cases in the Southern District of New York buck this trend, says Jonathan Tompkins of Shearman & Sterling LLP.

  • With Conflicting Paths On FAA, High Court Likely To Take Both

    Scott Oswald

    Fierce brainpower was on show Monday at the U.S. Supreme Court, where the justices seemed likely to deliver a business-friendly outcome in two separate cases under the Federal Arbitration Act — even though this would require treating the FAA’s blind enforcement of arbitration agreements as sacrosanct in one instance while undermining it in another, says Scott Oswald of The Employment Law Group PC.

  • Protecting Law Firm Talent At Both Ends

    Susan Blakely

    By 2030, it is possible that 75 percent of lawyers practicing in the U.S. will be millennials. A broadened focus on retention and advancement of all young lawyers is therefore a logical step forward but it fails to address another major retention issue that law firms should explore, says Susan Smith Blakely of LegalPerspectives LLC.

  • Q&A

    Wendy Olson Talks Twin Falls, Tribes, Private Practice

    Wendy Olson

    Former U.S. Attorney for the District of Idaho Wendy Olson discusses her decades of experience prosecuting white collar crimes and civil rights violations, her work and challenges as U.S. attorney, and her move to private practice.

  • Prospects For Tax Policy In A Divided Post-Election Congress

    Evan Migdail

    The outcome of next week's election remains uncertain, but it is possible to predict some of the policy changes and legislative initiatives likely to arise during lame duck and 116th congressional sessions if Democrats regain a majority in the House of Representatives, say Evan Migdail and Melissa Gierach at DLA Piper LLP.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Brown Reviews 'Dangerous Leaders'

    Judge Nannette Jolivette Brown

    Anthony Thompson’s "Dangerous Leaders: How and Why Lawyers Must Be Taught to Lead" explores the conflict many lawyers face when charged with the responsibility of leadership. The book is an excellent read for all lawyers, says U.S. District Chief Judge Nannette Jolivette Brown of the Eastern District of Louisiana.