International Arbitration

  • September 10, 2021

    Kyrgyz Gov't Says Kumtor Gold Ch. 11 Sanction Bid Is Barred

    The government of the Republic of Kyrgyzstan told a New York bankruptcy judge Friday that the demand for Chapter 11 sanctions against it from debtor Kumtor Gold Co. was part of the company's ongoing efforts to strip the nation's government of its sovereign powers.

  • September 10, 2021

    2nd Circ. Urged To Resolve 'Paradox' In Mongolia Mining Case

    Three Chinese mining companies are urging the Second Circuit to take another look at their appeal seeking court review of an arbitral award dismissing their claim against Mongolia on jurisdictional grounds, arguing that the decision could cause "disarray" on important gateway questions.

  • September 10, 2021

    Saudi Heirs Call Chevron Translation Of Report 'Jibber Jabber'

    Saudi heirs accused Chevron of doctoring a 106-page Egyptian prosecutor's criminal investigation report and slammed Chevron for "fraudulent representations" and "witness tampering" as the heirs fight sanctions for submitting what Ninth Circuit judges called a "highly suspicious," fabricated news article.

  • September 10, 2021

    More Fees Awarded In Citgo Sale Fight Despite Outcry

    A Delaware federal judge has ruled that a special master appointed to oversee the sale of Citgo's parent company can be paid roughly $111,000 in fees in excess of a $2 million cap, despite outcry that the special master was running up bills "as if no cap existed."

  • September 10, 2021

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

    This past week in London has seen DLA Piper sue a private equity firm, U.K. pharmacy giant Boots facing a mass equal pay claim, and Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan UK LLP targeted by a Russian billionaire. Here, Law360 looks at those and other new claims in the U.K.

  • September 10, 2021

    Boies Schiller Snags Ex-Reed Smith Arbitration Specialist

    Boies Schiller Flexner LLP has lured a former Reed Smith LLP international arbitration specialist to serve as a partner in its New York and Washington, D.C., offices, a move the firm says will bolster its global practice advising clients in complex commercial and investor-state disputes around the world.

  • September 10, 2021

    Miner Makes Grab For $1.8B In Steinmetz Fraud Battle

    A Brazilian miner reached for $1.8 billion at a London court on Friday, arguing in its fraud lawsuit against a billionaire that two companies linked to the businessman are out of time to explain what happened to the miner's missing money.

  • September 09, 2021

    FenXun Adds Senior Counsel To Capital Markets Team

    Chinese law firm FenXun Partners added a senior counsel from Tian Yuan Law Firm with cross-border equity and debt securities offerings expertise to its capital markets team in Beijing, the firm announced earlier this month.

  • September 09, 2021

    Delos' Guide To Arbitration Places Lays Out 'Safe Seats'

    Imagine being at the end of marathon contract negotiations, only to learn that your client's potential business partner is insisting that disputes arising from the deal must be arbitrated in Bulgaria, a jurisdiction that you're unfamiliar with. What do you do?

  • September 09, 2021

    Energy Co. Says $1B Contract Forgery Suit Belongs In NY

    Angolan energy company Aenergy has told the Second Circuit that a New York federal judge "committed many errors" when he dismissed a $1.1 billion contract forgery suit for venue convenience, and it argued that the dismissal violated the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act.

  • September 09, 2021

    Squire Patton Adds 2 Partners To Shipping Practice Group

    Squire Patton Boggs LLP recruited two new partners for the firm's commodities and shipping industry group from Holman Fenwick Willan LLP, the latest hires to fuel the ongoing growth of the firm's three-year-old practice area.

  • September 09, 2021

    EU Top Court Urged To Allow Biz Leeway In Overseas Fights

    An adviser urged Europe's highest court on Thursday to rule that banks and other companies chasing customers with debts who have moved overseas should not have to be subject to a treaty requiring lawsuits to be brought in that individual's current country of residence.

  • September 08, 2021

    Special Master Targeted In Fight Over Fees For Citgo Sale

    The special master overseeing the sale of Citgo's parent company has become embroiled in a dispute over fees that exceed a $2 million cap, marking at least the second time that the retired Skadden partner has raised eyebrows over fees incurred while overseeing a court-ordered sales process.

  • September 08, 2021

    Texas Fuel Co. Must Arbitrate IP Fight With Total Unit

    A Texas federal judge on Wednesday sent to arbitration claims lodged by a Houston-based fuel delivery startup that a Total SA subsidiary illegally shared its trade secrets with a rival.

  • September 08, 2021

    Infotech Co. Partially Objects To Judge's $63M Award Recs

    A magistrate judge erroneously recommended that any asset can fulfill a $62.7 million arbitral judgment for medical records giant Cerner, a United Arab Emirates-based information technology consulting firm told an Oregon federal judge Tuesday, arguing that only assets under this court's jurisdiction may be used.

  • September 08, 2021

    Jones Day Loses Bid To Force Orrick Top Brass To Testify

    Jones Day can't force Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, its chairman and its former managing partner to provide testimony in an international arbitration in Washington, D.C., a California federal judge ruled Tuesday, saying the Golden State court doesn't have the authority to compel compliance with the summonses.

  • September 08, 2021

    9th Circ. Told To Keep Gov't Contractor On Hook In Nixed Deal

    A Hawaiian bandwidth provider has urged the Ninth Circuit to reverse a district court's ruling that an arbitrator was right not to force a military contractor to pay millions in allegedly unpaid invoices, saying the lower court lacked jurisdiction.

  • September 08, 2021

    Parts Maker Will Drop High Court Foreign Discovery Petition

    Counsel for aerospace parts maker Servotronics Inc. said Wednesday that it will drop its case pending before the U.S. Supreme Court, in which it had asked the justices to resolve whether federal courts can order discovery for private commercial arbitration abroad.

  • September 07, 2021

    Intra-EU Arbitration Ruling Raises Question Of Response

    A long-expected ruling last week from Europe's highest court conclusively barring the arbitration of disputes between member states and the bloc's investors has prompted important follow-up questions on how tribunals and enforcing courts outside of Europe will react.

  • September 07, 2021

    Cairn To Get $1.1B Refund From India To Settle Back-Tax Row

    Cairn Energy said Tuesday it would accept a $1.1 billion refund from India since the country will abolish a tax regime that spurred the U.K. company to threaten enforcement of an arbitration award through seizures of Indian government property abroad.

  • September 07, 2021

    Soros Says Steinmetz Skirting Discovery Warrants Sanctions

    Billionaire investor George Soros of the Open Society Foundations urged a New York federal judge to sanction companies associated with Israeli billionaire Beny Steinmetz for allegedly trying to "stonewall" discovery in a $10 billion lawsuit over a failed Guinean mining project.

  • September 07, 2021

    BakerHostetler Brings Back Atty From Alston & Bird In NY

    A former Alston & Bird LLP attorney has rejoined BakerHostetler, where he started his legal career as an associate 14 years ago, expanding the firm's international arbitration and litigation group in New York City, the firm announced Tuesday.

  • September 07, 2021

    Royal Caribbean Says Worker's Suit Must Be Arbitrated

    Royal Caribbean urged a Florida federal court Thursday to toss a suit by a worker at its private island who claims he was injured on the job, arguing that the worker is already in arbitration with the contractor that employed him and cannot bring duplicate claims against the cruise ship company.

  • September 07, 2021

    WTO Unveils Panel To Weigh Australia-China Barley Dispute

    The World Trade Organization's director-general has unveiled the three-person panel that will hear Australia's 26-count complaint against Chinese barley tariffs.

  • September 06, 2021

    Swiss Law Firm Hires Partner In Boost For London

    Arbitration specialist Genevieve Poirier has joined Lalive from Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom to become a partner in its London office as the Geneva-based firm looks to boost its City presence.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • Gov'ts Must Balance Green Energy, Investment Treaty Duties

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    As national governments' actions to promote renewable energy come into conflict with foreign investors' expectations regarding existing fossil fuel investments, it is clear that these tensions are likely to accelerate faster than investment treaties can be reformed to address the problem, say Kenny Grant at Berkeley Research and Jamie Donovan at Monument Economics.

  • Giuliani Suspension Highlights Ethical Pitfalls For All Lawyers

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    Rudy Giuliani’s false public statements regarding the 2020 elections that resulted in his recent suspension from practicing law in New York may seem uncommonly flagrant, but the sanction underscores four ethics risks all attorneys should bear in mind, says Hilary Gerzhoy at Harris Wiltshire.

  • Navigating Inadvertent Attorney-Client Privilege Waivers

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    Spencer Fane’s Deena Duffy offers tips for identifying accidental privilege waivers based on local and federal rules, and for interpreting recent case law when such rules are unclear.

  • Attorneys Beware: Zoom Depositions Are Likely Inadmissible

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    As legal proceedings have moved online in light of the pandemic, lawyers may mistakenly believe that recorded Zoom video depositions can be entered as evidence, but without certain safeguards, the testimony is unlikely to be accepted by courts, says Phillip Zisook at Schoenberg Finkel.

  • Law Firm Talent Must Reflect Shifting US Demographics

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    Stephanie Scharf at Scharf Banks and Roberta Liebenberg at Fine Kaplan analyze and project U.S. demographic trends to show that law firms that hope to succeed long-term must recruit, retain and advance female lawyers and lawyers of color, and they outline six steps for meeting these goals.

  • A Biz Strategy Model To Improve Lateral Atty Hiring Diversity

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    Quantitative comparison tools commonly used by companies in evaluating merger targets will allow law firms to assess lateral hire candidates in a demographically neutral manner, help remove bias from the hiring process and bring real diversity to the legal profession, says Thomas Latino at Florida State University.

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