International Arbitration

  • February 14, 2024

    DC Circ. Won't Rush Russia Appeal In $50B Award Case

    The D.C. Circuit will not fast-track its review of Russia's claim for sovereign immunity against arbitration enforcement litigation brought by former majority shareholders of the defunct Yukos Oil Co., which obtained $50 billion in arbitral awards against Moscow.

  • February 14, 2024

    Zimbabwe Says It Didn't Waive Immunity In $440M Award Feud

    A D.C. federal judge improperly leaned on Second Circuit precedent in ruling that Zimbabwe can't escape the enforcement of two arbitration awards stemming from the southern African country's controversial land reform program, Zimbabwe told the D.C. Circuit.

  • February 14, 2024

    Spain Says €23.5M Award To Japanese Co. Can't Be OK'd

    Spain is urging a D.C. federal court to nix a Japanese investor's petition to enforce a €23.5 million ($25.2 million) arbitral award it won after Madrid dialed back economic incentives for renewable energy projects, arguing that doing so would force the country to violate European Union law.

  • February 14, 2024

    Dem Lawmakers Back Biden's Pause On Digital Trade Policy

    Dozens of Democratic lawmakers praised the Biden administration's decision to step back from earlier endorsements of international norms for digital trade, saying in a letter to the White House that its caution respects Congress' role in regulating Big Tech.

  • February 14, 2024

    TMZ Ordered To Pay $300K In Atty Fees Over Bus Tour Case

    A California federal judge on Monday ordered TMZ to reimburse a Hollywood bus tour operator almost $300,000 in attorney fees after the operator convinced the court to vacate an arbitration award favoring the celebrity news provider based on an arbitrator's failure to disclose relevant information.

  • February 14, 2024

    International Arbitration Group Of The Year: Covington

    Covington & Burling LLP was able to convince an international tribunal last April to order Russia to pay $5 billion to Naftogaz after the Kremlin seized the Ukrainian state-owned oil and gas company's Crimean assets, earning the firm a spot among Law360's 2023 International Arbitration Groups of the Year.

  • February 14, 2024

    Rosenblatt Opens Arbitration Practice With New Partner Duo

    Rosenblatt has launched a new international arbitration practice in London to be headed by two recent partner hires from Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner and LMS Legal amid growing demand for specialized arbitration experts in cross-border disputes.

  • February 13, 2024

    Indian Satellite Co. Wants Justices' View On US Courts' Purview

    The Ninth Circuit erred in ruling it had no jurisdiction over a commercial division of an Indian space agency and, therefore, could not enforce a $1.3 billion arbitral award, an Indian satellite company said in its request to stay the ruling while it takes the matter up with the U.S. Supreme Court.

  • February 13, 2024

    Wireless Tech Co. Can't Get $12.5M Award OK'd At 4th Circ.

    The Fourth Circuit on Tuesday overturned the enforcement of a $12.5 million arbitral award issued in a trade secrets dispute between wireless technology companies, ruling in a published opinion that the lower court lacked jurisdiction under the U.S. Supreme Court's 2022 decision in Badgerow v. Walters.

  • February 13, 2024

    Indian Pharma Co. Can't Get Fees In $950M COVID Vax Suit

    A Seattle federal judge has nixed an Indian generic-drug maker's bid for about $3 million in attorney fees after it prevailed in a biotherapy company's $950 million lawsuit accusing it of stealing its COVID-19 vaccine, saying the maker didn't convince him it spent extra money litigating the suit.

  • February 13, 2024

    Ship Co. Seeks 5th Circ. Redo On $200M Award Enforcement

    A German shipowner has asked the Fifth Circuit to reconsider whether to enforce a $200 million arbitral award it won following a deadly chemical explosion on its vessel, saying it never had a chance to respond to the argument that ultimately led to the decision.

  • February 12, 2024

    Live Nation Buyers Urge 9th Circ. To Nix Arbitration Rules

    Consumers suing Live Nation and Ticketmaster in a proposed antitrust class action have told the Ninth Circuit that a district court correctly ruled the companies' failure to tell ticket buyers they were switching to a new arbitrator is "procedurally unconscionable to an extreme degree."

  • February 12, 2024

    Kuwaiti Co. Sees $380M Telecom Investment Claim Revived

    An annulment committee has revived Agility Public Warehousing Co. KSC's claim accusing Iraq of wrongly rescinding the Kuwaiti logistics contractor's $380 million investment in a Kurdish mobile phone operator called Korek Telecom, said to be Iraq's fastest growing mobile operator.

  • February 12, 2024

    Andes, Oxy Resolve $392M Ecuadorian Award Fight

    An Occidental Petroleum unit has resolved its feud with a Chinese-owned oil company over a $392 million arbitral award stemming from an ill-fated Ecuadorian oil project, a case that Occidental was attempting to appeal all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.

  • February 09, 2024

    Live Nation Defends 'Modest' Arbitration Tweaks At 9th Circ

    Live Nation Entertainment Inc. told the Ninth Circuit that a California district judge was wrong to remove ticket buyers' antitrust claims from arbitration simply because the company changed arbitrators.

  • February 09, 2024

    Gateley Hires Nigerian Lawyer To Lead Arbitration In Africa

    Gateley Legal's international arbitration team has announced its engagement of a Nigerian qualified disputes lawyer to lead its African practice, saying she will focus on supporting the expansion of the firm's disputes services across multiple jurisdictions.

  • February 09, 2024

    US Business Group VP Slams Tai's Digital Trade Stance

    The National Foreign Trade Council published an essay Friday bashing the U.S. Trade Representative as the odd one out on e-commerce policy among both U.S. lawmakers and international partners, broadcasting the business community's ongoing frustration with the Biden administration.

  • February 09, 2024

    Industry Groups Call For Wider Effort To Stop Houthi Attacks

    More than 100 industry groups are calling for more governments to support military efforts to stop attacks on commercial vessels in the Red Sea by Yemen's Houthi rebels, which they said have disrupted at least $80 billion in cargo in recent months.

  • February 09, 2024

    EB-5 Visa Fraud Suit Should Be Stayed, Court Hears

    A man accused of defrauding green-card hopefuls of millions of dollars through a visa program for foreign investors has asked a Florida federal court to pause claims against him while he appeals a decision refusing to send the case to arbitration.

  • February 09, 2024

    Court Says 'Catastrophe' Applies In COVID Reinsurance Cases

    A London court has allowed insurers to make claims under reinsurance contracts for business interruption losses claimed during the COVID-19 pandemic, saying that the outbreak of an infectious disease constitutes a "catastrophe" under the policy wording.

  • February 08, 2024

    US Targets Price Cap Evaders, Bans Russian Diamonds

    The U.S. sanctioned three Emirati shipping companies on Thursday and a Russian-controlled one registered in Liberia for violating the G7's oil price cap, according to the U.S. Treasury Department, which also blocked a tanker operated by two of them.

  • February 08, 2024

    Creditors Say Don't Reorder Priority Scheme In Citgo Auction

    Creditors of Venezuela that are favorably positioned to recoup billions of dollars they're collectively owed in an upcoming auction for control of U.S. oil giant Citgo urged a Delaware federal judge on Wednesday not to grant a hedge fund's request for a "more equitable" distribution of the proceeds.

  • February 08, 2024

    Atty In 'The Saudi Sun' Case Seeks Jury Trial Over Sanctions

    A Seattle attorney accused of creating a fake newspaper called The Saudi Sun and filing it as a court exhibit is pushing back against a $268,000 sanction order, arguing to the Ninth Circuit that he should have a jury trial first.

  • February 08, 2024

    Apt. Owners Can't Avoid Arbitrating Ida Damage, Insurers Say

    Seven New Orleans-area property owners must submit their Hurricane Ida damage claims to arbitration proceedings regardless of whether one of two foreign conventions applies to the case over the other, a group of 10 insurers told a Louisiana federal court.

  • February 08, 2024

    EU Says It's Not Debating Sanctions For Broadcaster Carlson

    The European Union is not currently discussing any sanctions against U.S. broadcaster Tucker Carlson for what the EU considers is the spreading of Russian propaganda, although each EU country may at any time propose possible media candidates for blacklisting, the European Commission said Thursday.

Expert Analysis

  • Avoiding The Ethical Pitfalls Of Crowdfunded Legal Fees

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    The crowdfunding of legal fees has become increasingly common, providing a new way for people to afford legal services, but attorneys who accept crowdsourced funds must remember several key ethical obligations to mitigate their risks, say Hilary Gerzhoy and Julienne Pasichow at HWG.

  • What Large Language Models Mean For Document Review

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    Courts often subject parties using technology assisted review to greater scrutiny than parties conducting linear, manual document review, so parties using large language models for document review should expect even more attention, along with a corresponding need for quality control and validation, say attorneys at Sidley.

  • UN Code Likely To Promote Good Arbitration Practices

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    The arbitrator code of conduct recently adopted by the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law should help reinforce standards of good practice and improve public perception of investor-state dispute settlement, though its effectiveness may be limited by the code's voluntary nature, say attorneys at Jenner & Block.

  • Series

    Participating In Living History Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    My role as a baron in a living history group, and my work as volunteer corporate counsel for a book series fan association, has provided me several opportunities to practice in unexpected areas of law — opening doors to experiences that have nurtured invaluable personal and professional skills, says Matthew Parker at the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services.

  • Opinion

    Private Equity Owners Can Remedy Law Firms' Agency Issues

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    Nonlawyer, private-equity ownership of law firms can benefit shareholders and others vulnerable to governance issues such as disparate interests, and can in turn help resolve agency problems, says Michael Di Gennaro at The Law Practice Exchange.

  • 6 Key Factors For Successful Cross-Border Dispute Mediation

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    The European landscape of cross-border disputes diverges markedly from the U.S. experience and presents unique challenges, including the amalgamation of diverse cultures and legal systems, but there are several practical steps that practitioners can take to effectively navigate the process, says Peter Kamminga at JAMS.

  • How To Protect Atty-Client Privilege While Using Generative AI

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    When using generative artificial intelligence tools, attorneys should consider several safeguards to avoid breaches or complications in attorney-client privilege, say Antonious Sadek and Christopher Campbell at DLA Piper.

  • How New Lawyers Can Leverage Feedback For Growth

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    Embracing constructive criticism as a tool for success can help new lawyers accelerate their professional growth and law firms build a culture of continuous improvement, says Katie Aldrich at Fringe Professional Development.

  • Twitter Legal Fees Suit Offers Crash Course In Billing Ethics

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    X Corp.'s suit alleging that Wachtell grossly inflated its fees in the final days of Elon Musk’s Twitter acquisition provides a case study in how firms should protect their reputations by hewing to ethical billing practices and the high standards for professional conduct that govern attorney-client relationships, says Lourdes Fuentes at Karta Legal.

  • ABA's Money-Laundering Resolution Is A Balancing Act

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    While the American Bar Association’s recently passed resolution recognizes a lawyer's duty to discontinue representation that could facilitate money laundering and other fraudulent activity, it preserves, at least for now, the delicate balance of judicial, state-based regulation of the legal profession and the sanctity of the attorney-client relationship, say attorneys at Ballard Spahr.

  • Law Firm Professional Development Steps To Thrive In AI Era

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    As generative artificial intelligence tools rapidly evolve, professional development leaders are instrumental in preparing law firms for the paradigm shifts ahead, and should consider three strategies to help empower legal talent with the skills required to succeed in an increasingly complex technological landscape, say Steve Gluckman and Anusia Gillespie at SkillBurst Interactive.

  • The Basics Of Being A Knowledge Management Attorney

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    Michael Lehet at Ogletree Deakins discusses the role of knowledge management attorneys at law firms, the common tasks they perform and practical tips for lawyers who may be considering becoming one.

  • To Hire And Keep Top Talent, Think Beyond Compensation

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    Firms seeking to appeal to sophisticated clients and top-level partners should promote mentorship, ensure that attorneys from diverse backgrounds feel valued, and clarify policies about at-home work, says Patrick Moya at Quaero Group.

  • Defense Practice Pointers In Venezuela Bribe Case Dismissal

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    A Texas federal court’s recent dismissal of charges in U.S. v. Murta — one of over two dozen prosecutions targeting bribes paid to a Venezuelan state-owned oil company — highlights the complicated issues presented by cross-border investigations, and provides lessons for defense counsel representing foreign clients in U.S. prosecutions, say attorneys at Steptoe & Johnson.

  • Strategies For Enforcing Arbitral Awards Against Sovereigns

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    When a large project or investment in a foreign country is unexpectedly expropriated by a new government, companies often prevail in arbitration — but if the sovereign refuses to pay up, collecting the arbitral award may require persistence, creativity, and a mixture of hard and soft approaches, say Gabe Bluestone and Jeff Newton at OmniBridgeway.

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