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International Arbitration

  • May 17, 2019

    Vantage Gets $720M Petrobras Award OK'd By Texas Court

    A Texas federal judge on Friday confirmed a $720 million arbitral award issued to Vantage Deepwater Co. following a dispute with Petrobras over a canceled drilling contract, rejecting arguments that the tribunal had failed to properly consider whether the contract was procured through bribery.

  • May 17, 2019

    Don't Reduce Arbitration To 'Sham' Proceeding, 5th Circ. Told

    China’s state-run aerospace corporation again told the Fifth Circuit on Thursday to overturn the confirmation of a $70 million award over a soured joint venture, arguing that the prevailing companies' perspective would turn arbitrations into “sham proceedings.”

  • May 17, 2019

    Czech Republic Wins 4 Cases Over Solar Energy Incentives

    The Czech Republic has prevailed in arbitration over changes to renewable energy subsidies initiated by four European Union investors that claimed they were owed more than $21 million, after an international tribunal concluded those changes had been reasonable.

  • May 17, 2019

    Greenpeace To Get €2.7M Over Russia's Seizure Of Its Ship

    Greenpeace said Friday that it will receive €2.7 million ($3 million) from the Netherlands after the country settled its claims against Russia over Russia's seizure of the environmental group’s ship that was protesting at an offshore oil platform in the Arctic Ocean.

  • May 17, 2019

    EU Gets New Sanction Powers To Tackle Cyberattacks

    Individuals and businesses that orchestrate or are involved in cyberattacks, including by providing financial support to the main plotters, will be hit with EU-wide sanctions such as travel bans or asset freezes under a new enforcement regime launched by the European Council on Friday.

  • May 17, 2019

    Investors Must Disclose Fund Info In $506M Kazakh Award Row

    A London judge ordered two Moldovan oil and gas investors on Friday to hand over information about the source of their funds to the Republic of Kazakhstan, as the country seeks to establish who to pursue for costs.

  • May 16, 2019

    Chinese Lighting Co. Wants $14.5M Award Confirmed

    A Chinese lighting company asked a California federal court Wednesday to confirm a nearly $14.5 million award against an American lighting distributor stemming from a dispute over unpaid invoices, saying there’s no reason to vacate the arbitrator’s findings.

  • May 16, 2019

    3rd-Party Funding Now A Top Alternative Choice For Lawyers

    Third-party litigation and arbitration funding has increasingly become an attractive destination for lawyers who’ve grown weary of the billable hour because it allows them to draw on their experience while challenging them to ensure a funded claim will be a good investment, said several people who have made the move.

  • May 16, 2019

    'Wealth Factor' Costs $2B Fraud Suspect Yet Another Bail Bid

    Two days after expressing concerns about the "wealth factor" involved, the Second Circuit on Thursday rejected a Lebanese salesman and accused fraudster's emergency bid to be released on $20 million bond.

  • May 16, 2019

    Ashurst Bolsters Oil And Gas Team With Partner In Abu Dhabi

    In a boost to Ashurst LLP’s Middle East oil and gas team, the firm has added a former White & Case LLP partner to its global projects practice based in Abu Dhabi.

  • May 16, 2019

    BoE Says UK Should Not Be 'Rule-Taker' After Brexit

    The U.K.'s banking supervisor warned Thursday against Britain becoming a "rule-taker" after Brexit, stressing it was important for the country to shape its own rules for the financial services sector.

  • May 15, 2019

    McGinnis Lochridge Nabs Int'l Law Pro From Picard Kentz

    Texas-based McGinnis Lochridge has added an attorney from Washington, D.C., boutique Picard Kentz & Rowe LLP with experience guiding private and government clients through everything from trade issues to arbitration proceedings.

  • May 15, 2019

    Mexican Taxi Co. Owner Can't Oust Partner, Judge Says

    A New York federal judge on Tuesday barred an owner in a lucrative Mexican taxi meter company from attempting to oust its partner in the venture, though she declined to halt litigation in Mexico relating to the validity of an underlying arbitration agreement.

  • May 15, 2019

    Foreign Investment Protection Leads To Better Loans: Study

    New research by the State University of New York at Buffalo found that investors who put their money into developing countries that offer investor-state dispute resolution are more likely to secure funding on favorable terms, making them more drawn to countries that offer investment protection.

  • May 15, 2019

    Marine Co. Fights Bid To Remand Ferry Contract Suit

    The U.S. subsidiary of an Italian marine engineering and inspection company told a Louisiana federal court Tuesday that a dispute with a shipbuilder over a U.S. government ferry construction contract should not be remanded, saying the court has jurisdiction over the suit under the New York Convention.

  • May 15, 2019

    Top EU Court Says Renewable Energy Aid Hurts Competition

    The European Court of Justice found Wednesday that government money used to help electricity distributors offset the costs of choosing renewable sources gives renewable energy providers an edge in the market and could harm competition.

  • May 15, 2019

    Aircraft Cos., Importers Wrestle Over New Tariffs In WTO Case

    A 15-year World Trade Organization legal battle over aircraft subsidies entered a new phase Wednesday as the Trump administration heard testimony from Airbus, Boeing and scores of importers over its plans to impose retaliatory tariffs against European goods.

  • May 14, 2019

    Drew & Napier Nabs RPC’s Singapore Disputes Team

    Singapore firm Drew & Napier LLC has reportedly scooped up Siraj Omar, current partner and head of dispute resolution at RPC's joint law venture in Singapore, along with his team of seven lawyers.

  • May 14, 2019

    EU Looks To Abolish 'Outdated' Energy Treaty Provisions

    The European Commission on Tuesday provided a road map to modernize the multilateral Energy Charter Treaty, primarily by tightening the ways investors can challenge measures enacted by signatories relating to the regulation of energy.

  • May 14, 2019

    WTO To Decide US-Vietnam Fish Duty Scrap By December

    The World Trade Organization panel tasked with overseeing Vietnam’s complaint over U.S. anti-dumping duties on imported frozen fish fillets intends to make a decision by early December, according to a Tuesday announcement.

Expert Analysis

  • Q&A

    A Chat With Gilead Sciences Legal Ops Leader Gary Tully

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    In this monthly series, legal recruiting experts from Major Lindsey & Africa interview legal industry leaders about the increasingly competitive business environment. Here, Rod Osborne talks with Gary Tully, head of legal operations at Gilead Sciences.

  • Series

    Why I Became A Lawyer: Completing The Journey Home

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    My mother's connection to her Native American heritage had a major influence on my career — my decision to enter the legal profession was driven by the desire to return to my tribal community and help it in any way I could, says Jason Hauter of Akin Gump.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Wood Reviews 'The Making Of A Justice'

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    Retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens' new book, "The Making of a Justice," is required reading for anyone interested in 20th and 21st century America, says Seventh Circuit Chief Judge Diane Wood.

  • Getting Out Of Legal Project Management Debt

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    If a client does not demand the application of project management techniques at the start of a matter, or a law firm does not routinely apply them, it is highly likely that additional, avoidable work — legal project management debt — will materialize throughout the matter, says Anthony Widdop of Shearman & Sterling.

  • Opinion

    NAFTA Update A Step Backward For US Investors

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    Under the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, U.S. investors would lose the robust international law protections and dispute resolution mechanisms that they have relied on for years in the North American Free Trade Agreement, say Ian Laird and Melissa Morris of Crowell & Moring.

  • 6 Ways To Keep Your Jury From Zoning Out

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    Science suggests that at least some jurors pay attention to less than 65% of the evidence during a trial due to "task-unrelated thoughts," but there are steps attorneys can take to present information in a more engaging, cognition-friendly fashion, say Dennis Stolle and Dennis Devine of Barnes & Thornburg.

  • 5 Myths In Legal Crisis Communications

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    Having worked at a boutique law firm, a crisis communications agency and in BigLaw, I have identified a number of common misconceptions across these disparate business models when it comes to crisis and litigation communications, says Robert Gemmill of Hogan Lovells.

  • An Overview Of The Debate Over Litigation Finance Disclosure

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    In light of a New York federal court's recent decision in Benitez v. Lopez, which joins a growing body of case law denying forced disclosure of commercial litigation finance, Stephanie Spangler of Norris McLaughlin and Dai Wai Chin Feman of Parabellum Capital break down the arguments commonly raised for and against disclosure.

  • 9th Circ. Decision Shows Limits Of Arbitrator Authority

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    The Ninth Circuit's decision in Aspic Engineering v. ECC serves as a reminder that federal courts are willing to vacate arbitration awards when arbitrators use an abstract sense of fairness to override the terms of parties' agreements, say Allen Lanstra and Raza Rasheed of Skadden.

  • How To Identify And Deal With Narcissists In Law

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    Given that a large swath of the legal profession may display some narcissistic tendencies, it is important for lawyers to know how to address the narcissist in the room — and it may be you, says Jennifer Gibbs of Zelle.