International Arbitration

  • May 17, 2022

    Chinese Co. Sues DivX To Nix $65M Arb. Bid In Breach Fight

    Chinese electronics company Top Victory Investments sued DivX in California federal court on Monday to block its arbitration bid seeking more than $65 million in a license breach fight, asserting the agreements don't have an arbitration clause, and DivX isn't a party to any of them anyway.

  • May 17, 2022

    Crescent Petroleum Says Iran Oil Co. Still Owes $2.4B Award

    Crescent Petroleum is asking a D.C. federal court to enforce a $2.43 billion arbitral award it won after Iran's state-owned oil company failed to deliver "even a single molecule" of natural gas due under a purchasing contract, saying the award is binding despite ongoing challenges in England.

  • May 17, 2022

    Finnish Co. Taking Gazprom To Arbitration Over Ruble Ask

    Finland's state-owned energy company, Gasum, announced Tuesday it plans to seek arbitration in its dispute with a Gazprom subsidiary over the Russian natural gas provider's demand last month for payment in rubles rather than euros.

  • May 17, 2022

    US, Vietnam Still Searching For Answers In Fish Duty Fight

    The U.S. is still angling to resolve Vietnam's World Trade Organization complaint over duties on its frozen fish filets as the panel hearing the dispute once again delayed its work, according to a WTO filing published Tuesday.

  • May 16, 2022

    Court Won't Toss Kazakh City's Money Laundering Claims

    An energy company facing claims by a Kazakh city and a state-owned bank that it was involved in a $400 million money laundering scheme will have to face a portion of those claims after a federal judge concurred they were pled in a timely manner.

  • May 16, 2022

    Casino Manager Says Fraud Allegations Are Off The Table

    The owner of a luxury casino on the hook for a $300 million arbitral award after ousting its management company has no right to grill the ex-manager's witnesses in an attempt to show that it defrauded arbitrators, the company has told a New York federal court.

  • May 16, 2022

    Taiwanese Co. Says It Won't Arbitrate Fisch Sigler Fee Dispute

    A Taiwanese manufacturer of smartphone camera lenses is pressing a D.C. federal court to quash arbitration initiated by intellectual property boutique Fisch Sigler LLP seeking millions in additional fees for its work on a "meandering, inconclusive" and expensive patent lawsuit that settled last year.

  • May 16, 2022

    Russian Co. Wins $2.3M Attachment Over Forsaken Oil Cargo

    A subsidiary of the Russian oil company Lukoil won a $2.3 million attachment order against N2 Tankers, a Dutch shipping firm that refused to pick up at least 80,000 metric tons of crude oil from a Russian port city amid the early days of Russia's war against Ukraine.

  • May 16, 2022

    Steel Co. Wants Bid To Vacate $12.7M Award Dismissed

    An American unit of German steel products company Salzgitter Mannesmann will ask an Illinois federal court to dismiss or pause litigation filed by the Pittsburgh-based Esmark, which is seeking to vacate a $12.7 million arbitral award because of the alleged bias of one of the arbitrators.

  • May 13, 2022

    Goldman Execs To Pay $79.5M To End Shareholder 1MDB Suit

    A slate of current and former Goldman Sachs directors have agreed to pay $79.5 million to end a putative shareholder class action claiming the billion-dollar 1MDB fraud scheme is a result of their repeated shirking of duties to the bank, the investors said in New York federal court Friday.

  • May 13, 2022

    2 Ex-Akerman Partners Join Reed Smith's Miami Office

    Reed Smith is growing its international arbitration and cross-border litigation teams with two new partners joining the firm's Miami office, each with more than a decade of experience with Latin American clients.

  • May 13, 2022

    8th Circ. Revives Fee Award In Bridge Construction Fight

    The Eighth Circuit on Friday reinstated an arbitral award ordering a steel fabricator to pay more than $1 million in fees to a Tutor Perini Corp. subsidiary following a dispute stemming from a $322 million bridge construction project, despite arguments that their contract precludes such an award.

  • May 13, 2022

    $1.3B Award Violates Indian Space Co.'s Rights, 9th Circ. Told

    The commercial arm of the Indian space agency urged the Ninth Circuit to overturn a lower court order enforcing a satellite company's $1.3 billion judgment against it, saying its due process rights were violated when it was dragged to U.S. court.

  • May 13, 2022

    Cruise Cos. Can't Appeal Cuba Trafficking Ruling

    A Florida federal judge on Friday denied a bid from four major cruise liners to certify an appeal of a ruling finding they'd violated the Helms-Burton Act by allowing passengers to disembark at a port formerly owned by Havana Docks Corp., saying they haven't shown that their objection to the ruling warrants an interlocutory appeal.

  • May 13, 2022

    Top Arbitration Lawyer Joins Twenty Essex From Russian Firm

    International arbitration lawyer Baiju Vasani will join Twenty Essex in London from a Russian law firm, becoming the 11th recruit over the past year as the chambers ramps up its capacity to handle large and complex commercial arbitrations.

  • May 12, 2022

    2nd Circ. Must Revisit $1.1B Power Plant Fight, Co. Says

    An energy company that's sued Angola for wrongfully nixing a $1.1 billion power plant project is pressing the Second Circuit to reconsider whether the dispute belongs in that country's courts, arguing that the ruling misconstrues precedent since its damages claim would be barred there.

  • May 12, 2022

    Mexican Cement Co. Can't Stay Order In $50M Award Fight

    The Tenth Circuit has denied a Mexican cement company's emergency bid to stay an order forcing it to turn over assets to a Bolivian investment firm looking to enforce a nearly $50 million arbitral award against it over a share sale dispute.

  • May 12, 2022

    Yukos Shareholders Were Oligarchs' 'Proxies,' Russia Says

    Records uncovered during Dutch litigation offer new evidence that three former shareholders of the now-defunct Yukos Oil Co. were controlled by Russian oligarchs, meaning they should not have won arbitration awards totaling $50 billion, Russia told a D.C. federal court Wednesday.

  • May 12, 2022

    Russia Pushes Back On Ukraine's Move To Seize Its Assets

    Russia's largest financial institution, Sberbank, said Thursday that it will pursue an investor-state claim against Ukraine after the country adopted a decree allowing it to seize Russian assets.

  • May 12, 2022

    Orrick Adds Willkie Partner To Growing Energy Team

    Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP announced Wednesday that it had added the fifth partner to its energy and infrastructure practice in the past four months with the hiring of a former Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP attorney in Houston.

  • May 11, 2022

    As US Stalls, Other Nations Try WTO Arbitration Workaround

    A move by Turkey and the European Union to invoke an untested arbitration mechanism to resolve a trade dispute over pharmaceuticals could set a precedent for resolving such disagreements while the U.S. keeps the World Trade Organization's Appellate Body hamstrung, possibly for years to come.

  • May 11, 2022

    Mexico's 'Grossly Unfair' Seizure Order Results In Damages

    Mexico's decision to seize vessels owned by a Singaporean offshore marine services company that were tied to a Mexican oil engineering firm accused of money laundering, forgery and other wrongdoing was "arbitrary, grossly unfair and unjust," according to an arbitral award made public on Tuesday.

  • May 11, 2022

    Danish Investor Seeks €10M Arbitral Award In Fraud Case

    A Danish investment company has asked a Michigan federal court to enforce a €10 million ($10.55 million) arbitral award it won against an Arkansas-based firm that it says "simply stole" money it had invested in a "structured finance" opportunity that never produced any profits.

  • May 11, 2022

    Top Judge Calls For Overhaul Of 'Analog' Disputes Process

    The process for resolving disputes is "analog" and lawyers in Britain should embrace technology in an increasingly online world that can automate time-consuming and costly legal processes, the country's second most senior judge said Wednesday.

  • May 11, 2022

    Don't Take Legal Prestige For Granted, UKSC Prez Warns

    The reputation for quality at City law firms reassures the rest of the world that it can invest and litigate in England's courts — but the country's standing should not be taken for granted, the president of the U.K. Supreme Court said Wednesday.

Expert Analysis

  • 2nd Circ. Appears Open To Post-Judgment Section 1782 Use

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    The recent decision in Nigeria v. VR Advisory Services signals a shift in Second Circuit case law that adds further support for litigants' use of international discovery statute Section 1782 for post-judgment proceedings, providing a powerful tool to judgment creditors, says Jeff Newton at Omni Bridgeway.

  • The Fastest Federal Trial Courts: A Look At Virginia, Florida

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    The Eastern District of Virginia rocket docket and the Northern District of Florida were last year’s fastest civil trial courts in the nation, and interviews with two of their judges reveal they have some of the same practices to keep litigation moving efficiently, says Robert Tata at Hunton.

  • Tips For Evaluating Machine Learning For Contracts Review

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    Law firms considering machine learning and natural language processing to aid in contract reviews should keep several best practices in mind when procuring and deploying this nascent technology, starting with identifying their organization's needs and key requirements, says Ned Gannon at eBrevia.

  • How To Efficiently Deploy Your Professional Growth Strategy

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    Lana Manganiello at Equinox Strategy Partners discusses how time-strapped legal professionals can efficiently implement a professional growth framework by focusing on only the most effective actions to build the reputation and relationships key to their ideal practice.

  • A 6-Step Framework For Legal Industry Professional Growth

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    Lana Manganiello at Equinox Strategy Partners discusses how implementing a professional growth framework will help legal professionals gain expertise in a relevant niche to build credibility, focus marketing efforts and build an ideal practice.

  • Why Contempt May Be Apt Punishment For High Court Leaker

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    Contempt of court is an overlooked but potentially effective tool to punish whoever leaked the draft opinion overruling Roe v. Wade and protect the integrity of the U.S. Supreme Court, says Michael Zuckerman at Zuckerman Dispute Resolution.

  • Opinion

    Clients' Diversity Mandates For Law Firms Are Necessary

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    Coca-Cola recently scrapped its proposed diversity staffing requirements for outside counsel, and other companies may be reassessing their mandates due to external pressures, but it is important to remember the myriad factors supporting these policies and why they are more important now than ever before, says David Hopkins at Benesch Friedlander.

  • Defense Takeaways From NY Uber Arbitration Fees Ruling

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    A New York appellate panel's recent ruling in Uber v. American Arbitration Association should be a reminder to any business that includes arbitration provisions and class waivers in terms of service, user agreements or other contracts — start preparing for the growing mass arbitration trend, say attorneys at Holland & Knight.

  • 5 Questions That Can Help Law Firms Win RFPs

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    As the volume of matter-specific requests for proposals continues to increase in the legal market, law firms can take some new steps to fine-tune their RFP response-drafting process and strategy, says Matthew Prinn at RFP Advisory Group.

  • How Law Firms Can Employ More Veterans

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    Hiring attorneys who are veterans is often overlooked in law firm diversity, equity and inclusion plans, even though it generates substantial benefits, but partnering with like-minded organizations and having a robust and active veterans group will go a long way in boosting a firm's ability to recruit and retain veterans, say Daniel Sylvester and Nicholas Hasenfus at Holland & Knight.

  • Associates, Look Beyond Money In Assessing Lateral Offers

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    In the face of high demand for corporate legal work and persistent staffing constraints, many law firms continue to offer sizable signing bonuses to new associates, but lateral candidates should remember that money is just one component of what should be a much broader assessment, says Stephanie Ruiter at Lateral Link.

  • Preventing Impermissible Client Solicitation After ABA Opinion

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    Following the American Bar Association's recent opinion on the limitations on client solicitation, attorneys at Harris Wiltshire examine the principal rules that govern a lawyer's ethical duties with respect to solicitation, explain how those rules vary by jurisdiction, and provide some practical tips for ensuring compliance.

  • Lessons On Avoiding E-Discovery Violations And Sanctions

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    Michael Fox and David Cohen at Reed Smith discuss how counsel can assist their clients in meeting preservation obligations for electronically stored information in light of recent federal rulings on spoliation sanctions motions for possible violations of this duty.

  • Collaborative Tech Will Dictate Future Law Firm Success

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    Law firms need to shift their focus from solving the needs of their lawyers with siloed solutions to implementing collaboration technology, thereby enabling more seamless workflows and team experiences amid widespread embrace of hybrid and remote work models, says Kate Jasaitis at HBR Consulting.

  • What Badgerow May Mean For High Court's Other Arb. Rulings

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    Although the U.S. Supreme Court's recent Badgerow v. Walters decision seems to address a narrow, rarely invoked basis for federal jurisdiction, the ruling may preview the other arbitration decisions this term, and will have a significant effect on arbitration jurisprudence, says Janice Sperow at Sperow ADR.

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