International Arbitration

  • July 05, 2024

    5 Moments That Shaped The Supreme Court's Jan. 6 Decision

    When the high court limited the scope of a federal obstruction statute used to charge hundreds of rioters who stormed the Capitol, the justices did not vote along ideological lines. In a year marked by 6-3 splits, what accounts for the departure? Here are some moments from oral arguments that may have swayed the justices.

  • July 05, 2024

    The Funniest Moments Of The Supreme Court's Term

    In a U.S. Supreme Court term teeming with serious showdowns, the august air at oral arguments filled with laughter after an attorney mentioned her plastic surgeon and a justice seemed to diss his colleagues, to cite just two of the term's mirthful moments. Here, we look at the funniest moments of the term.

  • July 05, 2024

    The Firms That Won Big At The Supreme Court

    This U.S. Supreme Court term featured high-stakes oral arguments on issues including gerrymandering, abortion and federal agency authority, and a hot bench ever more willing to engage in a lengthy back-and-forth with advocates. Here's a look at the law firms that argued the most cases and how they fared.

  • July 05, 2024

    Unilateral Climate Policies Threaten Trade, WTO Deputy Says

    Touting a new trade agreement between Costa Rica, Iceland, New Zealand and Switzerland, a World Trade Organization deputy director-general said the multilateral system is at a crossroads where more countries must work together to address the link between trade and climate change or risk harming progress on both fronts.

  • July 04, 2024

    Labour Sweeps Tories From Power In UK Election Rout

    Keir Starmer was poised to become Britain's next prime minister on Friday after his Labour Party ousted Rishi Sunak's Conservatives in a landslide general election victory, ending 14 years of Tory government with a pledge of "national renewal."

  • July 03, 2024

    Baker McKenzie's Nick Kennedy On Enforcing Arbitral Awards

    Baker McKenzie partner Nicholas O. Kennedy recently obtained a settlement in a hard-fought case to enforce a $92 million arbitral award in a Russian real estate dispute. Law360 recently sat down with Kennedy to discuss the case that gave him the opportunity to make his first-ever arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court, eventually convincing the justices to allow using U.S. racketeering law to enforce foreign arbitral awards.

  • July 03, 2024

    Ukraine Bank Slams Stay Request In $1.1B Suit Against Russia

    A Ukrainian bank is challenging the Russian Federation's bid to stay litigation to enforce a $1.1 billion arbitral award against the Kremlin pending efforts to annul the award in France, saying Russia's argument involves a string of contingencies that a D.C. federal judge should not entertain.

  • July 03, 2024

    Markel Drops Suit Over Law Firm's Malpractice Coverage

    A Markel unit told a New York federal court it is dropping its suit against Harris Sliwoski LLP over coverage for malpractice claims lodged against the Seattle-based firm by Haiti after a $31 million judgment entered against the Caribbean country.

  • July 03, 2024

    2nd Circ. Overturns Enforcement Of $2B In Venezuelan Bonds

    The Second Circuit on Wednesday overturned the enforcement of nearly $2 billion in defaulted bonds issued by Venezuela's state-owned oil company, following a ruling from New York's highest court that Venezuelan law, not New York law, governs the validity of the bonds.

  • July 02, 2024

    Stock Photo Co. Says $250M Privacy Suit Must Be Arbitrated

    Canadian stock photography and video provider iStockPhoto LP has urged a California federal court to send to arbitration a $250 million proposed class action accusing it of violating privacy laws by revealing subscribers' video viewing and downloading behavior on Facebook.

  • July 02, 2024

    Even If There's A Better Reading, Follow Arbitrator, 9th Circ. Says

    The Ninth Circuit has affirmed an arbitration award requiring two venture capital funds to dissolve in a suit alleging the funds' general partners breached their fiduciary duty, saying "even if there is a better interpretation, the arbitrator's interpretation controls, 'however good, bad, or ugly.'"

  • July 02, 2024

    Samsung Doesn't Owe $4M In Arbitration Fees, 7th Circ. Says

    The Seventh Circuit has ruled that Samsung need not pay $4 million in individual arbitration fees for 35,000 consumers claiming the electronics giant illegally collected their biometric data, saying Monday that under their purchase agreement terms the consumers could have advanced the fees if they wanted their claims arbitrated.

  • July 02, 2024

    Gov. Says Ky. Tower's Sale Didn't Cancel Ties To Laundering

    Prosecutors and a pair of Miami businessmen have traded briefs over preserving the government's case in Florida federal court to seize $9.1 million from the sale of a Louisville, Kentucky, tower over alleged ties to a Ukrainian money laundering operation.

  • July 02, 2024

    Quinn Emanuel Expands Asia Offerings With Singapore Office

    Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP has expanded its international offerings by opening a new office location in Singapore, the firm said Tuesday.

  • July 02, 2024

    Dentons Adds Ex-Seyfarth Int'l Disputes Co-Chair In DC

    Dentons has hired the former co-chair of Seyfarth Shaw LLP's international disputes resolution group, who joins the firm's Washington, D.C., office to help clients on engineering, construction and development project matters, the firm announced Tuesday.

  • July 01, 2024

    Guatemala Says $31M Award Can't Be Enforced In U.S.

    Guatemala told a D.C. federal court on Friday that litigation filed by a construction and engineering firm to enforce $31 million in arbitral awards against it must be tossed, saying the underlying arbitration and dispute are entirely Guatemalan in nature.

  • July 01, 2024

    No Resolution In Sight For Trade Pact Auto Rules Dispute

    The U.S. automotive industry is weighed down by a trade dispute over treaty requirements to source locally manufactured parts and uncertainty regarding how the rules will apply to electric vehicles, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative said in a report Monday.

  • July 01, 2024

    German Co. Says Burford Fight Can Be Litigated

    A company suing the German arm of law firm Hausfeld LLP for allegedly trying to circumvent a German ban on contingency fees in certain antitrust litigation is arguing that its discovery request to litigation funder Burford Capital for use in the Hausfeld litigation doesn't belong in arbitration in London.

  • June 28, 2024

    Chevron's End Is Just The Start For Energized Agency Foes

    By knocking down a powerful precedent that has towered over administrative law for 40 years, the U.S. Supreme Court's right wing Friday gave a crowning achievement to anti-agency attorneys. But for those attorneys, the achievement is merely a means to an end, and experts expect a litigation blitzkrieg to materialize quickly in the aftermath.

  • June 28, 2024

    In Chevron Case, Justices Trade One Unknown For Another

    The U.S. Supreme Court's decision to overrule a decades-old judicial deference doctrine may cause the "eternal fog of uncertainty" surrounding federal agency actions to dissipate and level the playing field in challenges of government policies, but lawyers warn it raises new questions over what rules courts must follow and how judges will implement them.

  • June 28, 2024

    Knicks-Raptors Clash Belongs In Arbitration, Judge Rules

    The dispute between the New York Knicks and Toronto Raptors over an employee jumping from one franchise to another belongs in arbitration before the NBA commissioner, a Manhattan federal judge ruled on Friday, calling the Knicks' efforts to keep it in court instead "an airball.''

  • June 28, 2024

    Colombia Fends Off Real Estate Project Seizure Claim

    Colombia has claimed an "unprecedented" victory in an arbitration initiated by a group of U.S. investors seeking hundreds of millions of dollars after their real estate development project was seized over allegations that the project had connections with illegal activity.

  • June 28, 2024

    Shearman Veteran To Step Down After 47 Years

    Allen Overy Shearman Sterling of counsel Henry Weisburg, an international arbitration specialist and veteran of Shearman & Sterling LLP for nearly five decades, will be stepping back from the firm on Monday in a move that he says will enable him to accept appointments as an arbitrator with fewer conflicts.

  • June 28, 2024

    Bank Shareholders Win $800K In Venezuelan Takeover Suit

    Shareholders in a small Miami bank won an $800,000 award Thursday after a federal jury found two of the five board members accused of working for the Venezuelan government liable for the bank's financial difficulties.

  • June 27, 2024

    DOJ Defends Transport Monopoly Charges In Antitrust Case

    Federal prosecutors have opposed an accused conspirator's bid to dismiss charges against him in an antitrust case claiming he's one of a dozen individuals who monopolized cross-border sales of used vehicles and other goods from the U.S. to Central America through violence.

Expert Analysis

  • Contractual Drafting Takeaways From Force Majeure Ruling

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    Lawyers at Cleary discuss the U.K. Supreme Court's recent judgment RTI v. MUR Shipping and its important implications, including how the court approached the apparent tension between certainty and commercial pragmatism, and considerations for the drafting of force majeure clauses going forward.

  • Recruitment Trends In Emerging Law Firm Frontiers

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    BigLaw firms are facing local recruitment challenges as they increasingly establish offices in cities outside of the major legal hubs, requiring them to weigh various strategies for attracting talent that present different risks and benefits, says Tom Hanlon at Buchanan Law.

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    Glassblowing Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    I never expected that glassblowing would strongly influence my work as an attorney, but it has taught me the importance of building a solid foundation for your work, learning from others and committing to a lifetime of practice, says Margaret House at Kalijarvi Chuzi.

  • How Associates Can Build A Professional Image

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    As hybrid work arrangements become the norm in the legal industry, early-career attorneys must be proactive in building and maintaining a professional presence in both physical and digital settings, ensuring that their image aligns with their long-term career goals, say Lana Manganiello at Equinox Strategy Partners and Estelle Winsett at Estelle Winsett Professional Image Consulting.

  • Decoding Arbitral Disputes: Spanish Judicial Oversight

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    The recent conviction of arbitrator Gonzalo Stampa underscores the critical importance of judicial authority in the realm of international arbitration in Spain, and emphasizes that arbitrators must respect the procedural frameworks established by Spanish national courts, says Josep Galvez at 4-5 Gray’s Inn.

  • Firms Must Rethink How They Train New Lawyers In AI Age

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    As law firms begin to use generative artificial intelligence to complete lower-level legal tasks, they’ll need to consider new ways to train summer associates and early-career attorneys, keeping in mind the five stages of skill acquisition, says Liisa Thomas at Sheppard Mullin.

  • Foreign Discovery Insights 2 Years After ZF Automotive

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    Although an Arizona federal court decision last month demonstrates that Section 1782 discovery may still be available to foreign arbitral parties, the scope of such discovery has narrowed greatly since the U.S. Supreme Court's 2022 decision in ZF Automotive, and there are a few potential trends for practitioners to follow, say attorneys at Venable.

  • Think Like A Lawyer: Always Be Closing

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    When a lawyer presents their case with the right propulsive structure throughout trial, there is little need for further argument after the close of evidence — and in fact, rehashing it all may test jurors’ patience — so attorneys should consider other strategies for closing arguments, says Luke Andrews at Poole Huffman.

  • Tracking China's Push To Invalidate Foreign Patents

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    China’s increasing use of courts and administrative panels to nullify patents in strategically important industries, such as technology, pharmaceuticals and rare-earth minerals, raises serious concerns about the intellectual property rights of foreign businesses operating there, say Rajat Rana and Manuel Valderrama at Selendy Gay.

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    Playing Chess Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    There are many ways that chess skills translate directly into lawyer skills, but for me, the bigger career lessons go beyond the direct parallels — playing chess has shown me the value of seeing gradual improvement in and focusing deep concentration on a nonwork endeavor, says attorney Steven Fink.

  • Litigation Inspiration: Attys Can Be Heroic Like Olympians

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    Although litigation won’t earn anyone an Olympic medal in Paris this summer, it can be worthy of the same lasting honor if attorneys exercise focused restraint — seeking both their clients’ interests and those of the court — instead of merely pursuing every advantage short of sanctionable conduct, says Bennett Rawicki at Hilgers Graben.

  • Lean Into The 'Great Restoration' To Retain Legal Talent

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    As the “great resignation,” in which employees voluntarily left their jobs in droves, has largely dissipated, legal employers should now work toward the idea of a “great restoration,” adopting strategies to effectively hire, onboard and retain top legal talent, says Molly McGrath at Hiring & Empowering Solutions.

  • CPR Proposal Affirms The Emphasis On Early Mediation

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    While the recent proposal to incorporate mandatory alternative dispute resolution into the Civil Procedure Rules following a 2023 appeal decision would not lead to seismic change, given current practice, it signals a shift in how litigation should be pursued toward out-of-court solutions, say Heather Welham and Cyra Roshan at Foot Anstey.

  • Abu Dhabi Ruling Hints At More Arbitration-Friendly Approach

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    The international and comparative rationale an Abu Dhabi onshore court used to decide that an arbitration agreement referencing a defunct arbitration center was still enforceable suggests that the UAE judiciary may be adopting a more flexible, pro-arbitration framework and stabilizing Dubai's arbitration landscape, say attorneys at Reed Smith.

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    Fishing Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    Atop the list of ways fishing makes me a better lawyer is the relief it offers from the chronic stress of a demanding caseload, but it has also improved my listening skills and patience, and has served as an exceptional setting for building earnest relationships, says Steven DeGeorge​​​​​​​ at Robinson Bradshaw.

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