International Arbitration

  • March 13, 2024

    Hospital Manager Cements $3.5M Gabon Arbitration Award

    The Gabonese Republic must pay a $3.5 million arbitration award obtained by an Austrian healthcare management company, a D.C. federal judge ruled after the central African nation failed to appear in court.

  • March 13, 2024

    Italy Defeats Investor Suit Against Solar Subsidy Reduction

    Italy has beaten back a German investment fund's claims that the country's lowered solar energy subsidies breached treaty obligations to ensure a stable investment environment, after an international tribunal ruled that the scale-down was reasonable, foreseeable and in the best interests of the public.

  • March 20, 2024

    4-5 Gray's Inn Square Hires Spanish Barrister

    4-5 Gray's Inn Square has recruited a Spanish barrister-arbitrator with experience in sitting as a judge, positioning the chambers to attract Latin American clients as arbitration concerns in the European Union push investors to look for common-law forums.

  • March 12, 2024

    Lima Loses Bid To Duck $140M Arb. Awards In Highway Row

    A D.C. federal judge on Tuesday refused to overturn $140 million in arbitral awards against the city of Lima, Peru, stemming from its dispute with a highway contractor, ruling that the contractor won those two awards "fair and square."

  • March 12, 2024

    Treasury Sanctions More Iran-Backed Terrorist Operatives

    The U.S. Department of the Treasury on Tuesday unveiled new sanctions against a handful of individuals with ties to the designated terrorist group Al-Ashtar Brigades, singling out "key Iran-based operatives" as well as a financier for the group.

  • March 12, 2024

    Contractor Seeks Arbitration In $3M Guam Military Base Fight

    An electrical contractor has petitioned a Guam federal court to order a California-Japanese joint venture that had hired it for a project to improve U.S. military facilities to arbitrate their dispute related to nearly $3 million in allegedly unpaid costs.

  • March 12, 2024

    Daiichi Urges Court To OK Arbitrator's Award Against Seagan

    Japanese drugmaker Daiichi Sankyo has asked a Seattle federal judge not to toss an arbitral award refusing Seagen Inc.'s claims for billions of dollars in a dispute over cancer drug patents, saying the U.S. biotech company has incorrectly lodged a petition to vacate the award.

  • March 12, 2024

    La. Property Owners, Insurers Settle $5M Hurricane Ida Fight

    Lloyd's of London and other insurers and underwriters have agreed to settle claims by a group of New Orleans-area property owners who allege the insurers wrongly denied more than $5.1 million in claims from Hurricane Ida damage after the insurers demanded the dispute be resolved in arbitration.

  • March 11, 2024

    Panama Port Fight Belongs In Chancery Court, H.K. Co. Says

    A Hong Kong company alleging that its interest in a lucrative port project near the Atlantic entrance to the Panama Canal is being stolen has urged a Delaware federal court to remand its lawsuit back to the Chancery court, saying the suit's removal last month was a delay tactic.

  • March 11, 2024

    Drivers Drop Uber, Lyft Price-Fix Arbitration Appeal

    The three Uber and Lyft drivers who were fighting to keep a suit accusing the ride-hailing companies of colluding to fix fare prices out of arbitration have dropped their appeal, according to a recent filing in a California state appeals court. 

  • March 11, 2024

    Canadian Co. Loses $4.4B Romanian Gold Mining Claim

    Canadian mining company Gabriel Resources Ltd. has reported its failure to win a $4.4 billion dispute with Romania over a canceled gold and silver project, saying its claims filed against the government have been thrown out by the World Bank's international arbitration institution.

  • March 11, 2024

    Pfizer Slams Ex-Compliance Officer's Whistleblower Claims

    Pfizer has asked a California federal court to again dismiss the bulk of a discrimination and retaliation lawsuit filed by a former compliance officer for the pharmaceutical giant, arguing his latest suit is "largely a regurgitation of his original complaint."

  • March 11, 2024

    New Arbitration Firm Has 'Hit Ground Running,' Founders Say

    Three international arbitration specialists who worked at Dechert LLP in France before they left to launch a boutique firm said on Monday that the new business has "hit the ground running" since it opened in January.

  • March 11, 2024

    Woodsford Affiliate Prevails In Fee Feud With SF Firm

    An affiliate of British litigation funder Woodsford has secured a $1.8 million arbital award and $1.2 million in interest from a San Francisco law firm following the 2019 settlement of a lawsuit against Google, a Delaware federal judge confirmed Monday.

  • March 11, 2024

    Steptoe Adds Dentons' Ex-Global Security Chief As Partner

    Steptoe LLP has added a security and threat analysis expert who previously served as Dentons' global chief security officer as a partner in Washington, D.C., the firm announced Monday.

  • March 11, 2024

    Pfizer Defeats French Group's Bid For Vax Docs At 2nd Circ.

    The Second Circuit said Monday that Pfizer doesn't need to give a French nonprofit the communications between its CEO and the European Commission's president related to a COVID-19 vaccine development agreement, ruling the materials are irrelevant to a jurisdictional issue in the group's legal challenge to the pact in France.

  • March 08, 2024

    Justices Urged To Take Up 'Who Decides' Arbitration Question

    An international arbitration scholar has urged the U.S. Supreme Court to resolve whether a court or an arbitrator should decide a dispute's proper venue in cases involving nonsignatories to an arbitration agreement, an issue that's arisen in antitrust litigation over National Association of Realtor rules.

  • March 08, 2024

    DC Circ. Throws Out Victims' Claims Over Hamas Attack

    The D.C. Circuit on Friday vacated a lower court judgment regarding a married couple injured by a member of the Hamas militant group in Jerusalem, finding that the attack did not result in an "extrajudicial killing" that would give the court jurisdiction under U.S. law.

  • March 08, 2024

    Off The Bench: Dartmouth Union, Iowa Betting Case Folds

    In this week's Off The Bench, Dartmouth College men's basketball players vote to unionize over the school's objections, a probe into Iowa State University athletes' gambling activities fizzles amid warrantless search allegations, and a Wimbledon champion gets her doping suspension reduced. If you were on the sidelines over the past week, Law360 is here to clue you in on the biggest sports and betting stories that had our readers talking.

  • March 08, 2024

    Czech Republic Can Fight Part Of $350M Blood Plasma Award

    A London judge Friday allowed the Czech Republic to pursue some of its challenges to a $350 million award in favor of a blood plasma company, but blocked others in a decades-long complex arbitration dispute.

  • March 07, 2024

    $285M Panama Canal Case Must Be Reviewed, Justices Told

    A contractor enlisted on a multibillion-dollar project to widen the Panama Canal is urging the U.S. Supreme Court not to ignore an "open conflict" among lower courts over the vacatur standard for evident partiality, as the justices get ready to issue a certiorari decision that will likely come later this month.

  • March 07, 2024

    Southern Peaks Awarded $42.5M Over Peruvian Copper Deal

    Peruvian copper producer Southern Peaks Mining LP said it has won a multi-million-dollar arbitral award favoring its management subsidiary due to breaches of a sale and purchase agreement with Singaporean commodity trading company Trafigura Beheer BV over the acquisition of a mine.

  • March 07, 2024

    5th Circ. Affirms Arbitration In Hurricane Coverage Feud

    The Fifth Circuit has ordered the owner of a New Orleans luxury apartment and retail complex to arbitrate a dispute with its domestic surplus lines insurers over coverage for $7 million in hurricane damage, ruling that arbitration is permitted under a carveout in conflicting Louisiana state law.

  • March 07, 2024

    Peru's Telecom Co. Wants $168M Award Suit Tossed

    Peru's state-owned Programa Nacional de Telecomunicaciones has urged a D.C. federal court to set aside an entry of default in litigation to enforce $168 million in arbitral awards issued to a broadband provider, arguing that it has sovereign immunity and wasn't properly served.

  • March 06, 2024

    Exxon Kicks Off Arbitration Over Guyana Offshore Oil Project

    ExxonMobil has initiated arbitration in order to retain its right of first refusal over Hess Corp.'s stake in a lucrative oil block off Guyana's Atlantic coast, an Exxon spokesperson confirmed on Wednesday.

Expert Analysis

  • Series

    Children's Book Writing Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    Becoming a children's book author has opened doors to incredible new experiences of which I barely dared to dream, but the process has also changed my life by serving as a reminder that strong writing, networking and public speaking skills are hugely beneficial to a legal career, says Shaunna Bailey at Sheppard Mullin.

  • Cos. Must Monitor Sanctions Regime As Law Remains Unclear

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    While recent U.K. government guidance and an English High Court's decision in Litasco v. Der Mond Oil, finding that a company is sanctioned when a designated individual is exercising control over it, both address sanctions control issues, disarray in the law remains, highlighting that practitioners should keep reviewing their exposure to the sanctions regime, say lawyers at K&L Gates.

  • How Clients May Use AI To Monitor Attorneys

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    Artificial intelligence tools will increasingly enable clients to monitor and evaluate their counsel’s activities, so attorneys must clearly define the terms of engagement and likewise take advantage of the efficiencies offered by AI, says Ronald Levine at Herrick Feinstein.

  • What 3rd Circ. Gets Wrong About Arbitration Enforcement

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    The Third Circuit and other courts should correct their current law, exemplified by the Third Circuit's recent decision in Henry v. Wilmington Trust, requiring a motion to dismiss based on an arbitration clause because it conflicts with the Federal Arbitration Act, the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, and — with regard to the improper-venue approach — U.S. Supreme Court precedent, says David Cinotti at Pashman Stein.

  • Series

    The Pop Culture Docket: Judge D'Emic On Moby Grape

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    The 1968 Moby Grape song "Murder in My Heart for the Judge" tells the tale of a fictional defendant treated with scorn by the judge, illustrating how much the legal system has evolved in the past 50 years, largely due to problem-solving courts and the principles of procedural justice, says Kings County Supreme Court Administrative Judge Matthew D'Emic.

  • UK Compulsory Mediation Ruling Still Leaves Courts Leeway

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    An English Court of Appeal recently issued a landmark decision in Churchill v. Merthyr Tydfil County, stating that courts can compel parties to engage in alternative dispute resolution, but the decision does not dictate how courts should exercise this power, which litigants will likely welcome, say lawyers at Herbert Smith.

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    Performing Music Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    The discipline of performing live music has directly and positively influenced my effectiveness as a litigator — serving as a reminder that practice, intuition and team building are all important elements of a successful law practice, says Jeff Wakolbinger at Bryan Cave.

  • Russia Ruling Shows UK's Robust Jurisdiction Approach

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    An English High Court's recent decision to grant an anti-suit injunction in the Russia-related dispute Renaissance Securities v. Chlodwig Enterprises clearly illustrates that obtaining an injunction will likely be more straightforward when the seat is in England compared to when it is abroad, say lawyers at Linklaters.

  • Breaking Down High Court's New Code Of Conduct

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    The U.S. Supreme Court recently adopted its first-ever code of conduct, and counsel will need to work closely with clients in navigating its provisions, from gift-giving to recusal bids, say Phillip Gordon and Mateo Forero at Holtzman Vogel.

  • Opinion

    Legal Profession Gender Parity Requires Equal Parental Leave

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    To truly foster equity in the legal profession and to promote attorney retention, workplaces need to better support all parents, regardless of gender — starting by offering equal and robust parental leave to both birthing and non-birthing parents, says Ali Spindler at Irwin Fritchie.

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    Writing Thriller Novels Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    Authoring several thriller novels has enriched my work by providing a fresh perspective on my privacy practice, expanding my knowledge, and keeping me alert to the next wave of issues in an increasingly complex space — a reminder to all lawyers that extracurricular activities can help sharpen professional instincts, says Reece Hirsch at Morgan Lewis.

  • What Lawyers Must Know About Calif. State Bar's AI Guidance

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    Initial recommendations from the State Bar of California regarding use of generative artificial intelligence by lawyers have the potential to become a useful set of guidelines in the industry, covering confidentiality, supervision and training, communications, discrimination and more, say attorneys at Debevoise.

  • Industry Must Elevate Native American Women Attys' Stories

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    The American Bar Association's recent research study into Native American women attorneys' experiences in the legal industry reveals the glacial pace of progress, and should inform efforts to amplify Native voices in the field, says Mary Smith, president of the ABA.

  • Understanding Discovery Obligations In Era Of Generative AI

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    Attorneys and businesses must adapt to the unique discovery challenges presented by generative artificial intelligence, such as chatbot content and prompts, while upholding the principles of fairness, transparency and compliance with legal obligations in federal civil litigation, say attorneys at King & Spalding.

  • An Overview Of Circuit Courts' Interlocutory Motion Standards

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    The Federal Arbitration Act allows litigants to file an immediate appeal from an order declining to enforce an arbitration agreement, but the circuit courts differ on the specific requirements for the underlying order as well as which motion must be filed, as demonstrated in several 2023 decisions, says Kristen Mueller at Mueller Law.

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