International Arbitration

  • January 15, 2021

    Luxembourg Pauses $506M Kazakhstan Award Enforcement

    A court in Luxembourg has paused efforts by a pair of Moldovan energy investors to seize assets held by Kazakhstan in order to enforce a $506 million award against the former Soviet state, citing an ongoing criminal investigation into alleged fraud underpinning the award.

  • January 15, 2021

    Judge Slams Auto Parts Maker's 'Foolish' Sanctions Bid

    A California federal judge has lambasted a Taiwanese automobile lights maker's "foolish and spiteful" sanctions bid after it asked the judge to make its former U.S. distributor pay attorney fees for initiating the case rather than arbitrating it.

  • January 15, 2021

    DC Circ. OKs $58M Award In Moldova Energy Payment Fight

    The D.C. Circuit on Friday enforced a $58 million arbitral award issued against Moldova following a decade-old payment dispute with a Ukrainian energy provider, even as Europe's highest court considers critical questions about the jurisdiction of the arbitral tribunal.

  • January 15, 2021

    Simmons & Simmons Adds Partner To Hong Kong Team

    Simmons & Simmons has announced the new hire of a litigator and specialist in China-related commercial and international trade as a partner for its Hong Kong team, saying he joins the international law firm along with a team of associates.

  • January 15, 2021

    ICC Awards Mitsubishi $33M In Fight With Korean Pharma Co.

    Korean pharmaceutical company Kolon Life Science Inc. must pay Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma Corp. $33 million over a soured licensing partnership, the International Chamber of Commerce's International Court of Arbitration recently ruled.

  • January 15, 2021

    Hong Kong Intensifies WTO Case Against US Marking Rule

    Hong Kong has asked the World Trade Organization to form a panel to assess the legality of a Trump administration rule requiring imports originating from the region to be marked as Chinese, according to a WTO document published Friday.

  • January 14, 2021

    Human Rights Court Says Ukraine Broke Law In $4M Arb. Spat

    The European Court of Human Rights concluded Thursday that Ukrainian courts violated the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms by failing to notify a pair of companies about court hearings as they tried to enforce a $4 million British arbitral award against a Ukrainian company.

  • January 14, 2021

    US Targets Chinese Officials Over South China Sea Clash

    The outgoing Trump administration on Thursday threw its weight behind a 2016 arbitral ruling favoring the Philippines in a territorial dispute with China over the resource-rich South China Sea, imposing travel bans on Chinese officials who are allegedly ignoring the ruling.

  • January 14, 2021

    Sports Court Report Cites 'Brazen' Russian Data Tampering

    The Court of Arbitration for Sport in Switzerland has released its full 186-page decision after moving last month to slash Russia's ban from international competition from four years to two, describing "brazen" alterations to anti-doping test data under its watch.

  • January 14, 2021

    FRAND Rate 'Nightmare' Raises Call For International Tribunal

    An international arbitration tribunal that focuses on setting global licensing rates for standard-essential patents may be the cure to countries issuing endless anti-suit injunctions to keep rate disputes in their courts, attorneys say.

  • January 14, 2021

    Crystallex Given OK To Proceed With Citgo Sale

    A Delaware judge has given Crystallex the green light to forge ahead with a sale of Citgo's parent company to enforce its $1.2 billion award against Venezuela, ruling Thursday that every day the Canadian mining company goes unpaid "is arguably something of an affront to the United States judicial system."

  • January 14, 2021

    New Curtis Partner Adds Bench Strength To Africa Practice

    New York headquartered Curtis Mallet-Prevost Colt & Mosle LLP has welcomed a veteran attorney with decades of experience advising governments and financial institutions in Africa, according to the international firm.

  • January 13, 2021

    Iraqi Venture Says Former Dechert Clients Can't Hide Docs

    Two former Dechert LLP clients can't hold back documents related to the firm's alleged role in a bribery scheme involving Iraqi regulators, an Iraqi telecommunications venture has told a Pennsylvania federal court, calling their privilege arguments "groundless."

  • January 13, 2021

    Lloyd's Underwriters Look To Halt Arbitration Over Fees

    Lloyd's of London underwriters urged a California court in an emergency motion on Tuesday to halt arbitration initiated by a tire company that they have accused of colluding with a law firm to inflate fees owed under an insurance policy.

  • January 13, 2021

    Importer Gets $2M Award OK'd In Snoop Dogg Cognac Fight

    A New York federal judge confirmed Wednesday that a defunct U.S. liquor distributor is owed $2 million in attorney fees and costs following an arbitration with a French cognac company over $35,000 in royalties allegedly owed to rapper Snoop Dogg.

  • January 13, 2021

    Satellite Co. Investors Seek OK Of $111M Award Against India

    A trio of Mauritius-based investors in an Indian satellite company has brought a $111 million arbitral award it won against India following a dispute over a nixed deal to deliver communications services throughout the country to Washington, D.C., for enforcement.

  • January 13, 2021

    Credit Suisse Seeks To Stop 'Do-Over' Signac Arbitration

    Credit Suisse AG says a former leader of its failed tech venture Signac LLC should not be able to proceed with a new arbitration claiming that the Swiss bank misappropriated Signac technology, calling the case redundant and a "classic do-over."  

  • January 12, 2021

    Tim Hortons Operator's Former CEO Sues To Duck Arbitration

    The former CEO of a corporation that owns and operates Tim Hortons franchises in Mexico has filed suit in New York state court seeking to block the company from forcing him to join pending arbitration over a soured share purchase deal.

  • January 12, 2021

    Saudi Heirs' Atty Says Court Wrong To Strike Key Evidence

    Counsel for a group of Saudi landowners is expressing outrage after a Texas federal judge blocked his clients from submitting post-judgment evidence last month, shortly after the court declined to enforce an $18 billion arbitral award on the landowners' behalf.

  • January 12, 2021

    Chile Escapes $350M Claim By Investors In Public Bus System

    An international tribunal on Monday dismissed a claim seeking nearly $350 million from Chile by a pair of Colombian brothers who accused the government of not doing enough to stop vandalism and fare evasion that plagued their investment in Santiago's public bus system.

  • January 12, 2021

    Feds Fight Bid To Toss $330M 1MDB Forfeiture Suit

    Prosecutors seeking to seize another $330 million in assets allegedly connected to embezzled 1Malaysia Development Bhd. funds, including money tied up in arbitration proceedings between Saudi and Venezuelan oil companies, urged a California federal judge not to toss the case, saying the complaint sufficiently alleges the funds are crime-related.

  • January 12, 2021

    Cantor Can't Slip Rival Broker's Poaching Suit In UK

    A London judge on Tuesday rejected Cantor Fitzgerald's appeal challenging the English court's authority to adjudicate a multimillion-dollar lawsuit claiming the financial services firm poached a rival's employees, saying the case should not be stayed for arbitration proceedings in the U.S.

  • January 12, 2021

    Supreme Court Won't Hear Wine Investor's $29M Award Fight

    The Supreme Court has declined to take up a petition from a Chilean wine company investor, who in November asked the court to consider an Eleventh Circuit decision confirming a Chilean arbitral award against him with instructions to recalculate its value.

  • January 11, 2021

    Nigeria Again Targets Asset Manager In $10B Award Fight

    Nigeria has opened another front in its bid to prove that a $10 billion arbitral award against it relating to a failed natural gas processing deal was connected to an alleged bribery scheme, this time seeking evidence it says is needed to have the award set aside in England.

  • January 11, 2021

    $1.9B Bondholders Fear Losing Citgo, Urge Circuit To Hurry

    Holders of more than $1.9 billion in defaulted Venezuelan bonds have urged the Second Circuit to hurry an appeal that challenged an order enforcing the bonds, arguing they could lose their chance of seizing Citgo Petroleum Co. if the appeal is delayed.

Expert Analysis

  • 4 Legal Industry Trends Litigation Financiers Are Watching

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    Some recent litigation developments demonstrate efforts by law firms and their clients to search for opportunities in the COVID-19 economic fallout, while others — such as the rise of contingency fee arrangements — reflect acceleration of tendencies that were already underway, says William Weisman at Therium Capital.

  • A Lawyer's Guide To Setting Well-Being Goals In 2021

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    In the face of rising client demands due to the pandemic and the changing regulatory environment, and with remote work continuing for the foreseeable future, lawyers should invest in their well-being by establishing inspiring yet realistic goals for 2021 — one month at a time, says Krista Larson at Morgan Lewis.

  • Keyword Searches To Improve Your Privilege Doc Review

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    "Confidential" and other search terms commonly used to locate privileged documents during e-discovery are pretty ineffective, so practitioners should consider including specific types of keywords that are demonstrably better at targeting privilege, say Robert Keeling at Sidley and Rishi Chhatwal at AT&T.

  • ABA Approves Remote Practice, But Questions Remain

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    Lawyers working remotely during the pandemic while physically outside the jurisdictions in which they are licensed will find some comfort in a recent American Bar Association opinion sanctioning such practice, but there is ambiguity regarding the contours of what's allowed, say attorneys at Harris Wiltshire.

  • Keys To Creating Standout Law Firm Thought Leadership

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    Whether geared toward a global audience or a particular client, a law firm's articles, blog posts and client alerts should strive to be original by harnessing a few editorial tools and following the right distribution sequence, say Steven Andersen and Tal Donahue at Infinite Global.

  • Perspectives

    Judges On Race: The Power Of Discretion In Criminal Justice

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    Judges should take into consideration the several points of law enforcement and prosecutorial discretion — from traffic stops to charging decisions and sentencing recommendations — that often lead to race-based disparate treatment before a criminal defendant even reaches the courthouse, say Judge Juan Villaseñor and Laurel Quinto at Colorado's Eighth Judicial District Court.

  • 5 Attorney Business Development Tips For The New Year

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    Lawyers should remember that the basics of interpersonal relationships have not changed despite the completely virtual environment caused by the pandemic, and should leverage the new year as an excuse to connect with clients in several ways, say Megan Senese and Courtney Hudson at Pillsbury.

  • FCPA Can Guide Foreign Parties' Anti-Doping Act Compliance

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    Foreign corporate sponsors and other parties that could be held liable under the recently passed Rodchenkov Anti-Doping Act for enabling doping in international competition involving U.S. athletes should look to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act as a guide to the new law's extraterritorial reach, say Bradley Henry and Mariah Vitali at Michelman & Robinson.

  • Minimizing Disruption To Clients During Law Firm IT Upgrades

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    For law firms planning overhauls in their information technology infrastructures in light of hard lessons learned from pandemic-era transition to remote work, there are five ways to ensure even the biggest tech upgrade has minimal impact on client service, says Brad Paubel at Lexicon.

  • Tips For Drafting Effective Amicus Briefs

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    Careful construction of an amicus brief's essential elements — including the table of contents, which determines whether a brief gets studied or skimmed — and the order in which they are crafted are key to maximizing a party's hoped-for impact on a case before the U.S. Supreme Court or other appellate courts, say Mark Chopko and Karl Myers at Stradley Ronon.

  • 5 Trends That Will Influence E-Discovery In 2021

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    Changes in the way people work and communicate — which the pandemic has accelerated — will continue to bring new e-discovery challenges and shifts in data recovery this year, says Brian Schrader at Business Intelligence Associates.

  • How Relationship Partners Can Draft Winning RFP Responses

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    With law firms likely to see longtime clients roll out requests for proposal amid cost-cutting strategies this year, relationship partners can ensure they don't lose their clients by taking five critical actions during the response process, says Matthew Prinn at RFP Advisory.

  • Law Firm Merger Predictions For 2021

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    After a brief break in the multiyear streak of increasing law firm mergers, 2021 seems poised for a return to normal, with acquisitions involving small firms — those with under 400 lawyers — likely to dominate, says Peter Zeughauser at Zeughauser Group.

  • The Most-Read Legal Industry Guests Of 2020

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    Popular legal industry guest articles this year included commentary on white privilege in BigLaw, the pandemic's outsize impact on female lawyers, and business development in a socially distanced world.

  • A Law Firm's Guide To Producing A Podcast

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    Courtney Hudson and Megan Senese at Pillsbury offer tips on how law firms can utilize podcasts to deliver important legal insights to clients in a COVID-19 world, and how to make the process stress-free for participating lawyers and guests.

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