International Arbitration

  • June 04, 2024

    Mexican Co. Asks Justices To Resolve Foreign Service Q's

    A Mexican film distributor is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to resolve a technical question relating to service of process on foreign parties, as it fights a Ninth Circuit decision enforcing an arbitral award favoring a Los Angeles-based film production company over a 2020 movie that starred Jessica Chastain.

  • June 03, 2024

    Burford Tries To Send Dispute With German Co. To Arbitration

    Burford Capital is urging a Delaware court to force a German entity to arbitrate their dispute stemming from a funding agreement for litigation against truck manufacturers that were targeted by European regulators for fixing their prices for more than a decade in the early 2000s.

  • June 03, 2024

    Some Racketeering Claims In $92M Award Suit Can Proceed

    A Monaco bank and a Luxembourg lawyer and trust administrator must face racketeering claims accusing them of helping to hide the fortune of a Russian businessman who's on the hook for a $92 million arbitral award, a California federal judge ruled on Friday.

  • June 03, 2024

    Burford-Sysco Plaintiff Swap Stays Nixed In Price-Fixing Case

    A Minnesota federal judge refused Monday to let a unit of legal investment firm Burford Capital substitute for Sysco Corp. as plaintiff in sprawling price-fixing lawsuits against pork and beef producers, agreeing with a magistrate judge's conclusions that allowing a litigation funder to dictate antitrust settlements "could have a detrimental impact."

  • May 31, 2024

    Nord Stream 2 Says EU Pipeline Regs Violate Int'l Law

    The Russian majority-owned company behind the development of a politically sensitive natural gas pipeline from Russia to Germany has resumed its efforts to convince an international tribunal that the European Union's "sole objective" in amending regulations for the natural gas market was to complicate the pipeline project.

  • May 31, 2024

    US, Mexico Reach Truce On Steel Factory Labor Violations

    A steel manufacturer in Mexico has agreed to pay a monetary settlement to workers it dismissed in retaliation for their union organizing activity after the United States asked the Mexican government to review the matter, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative said.

  • May 31, 2024

    Russia Says Arbitrators Don't Get Final Word In $50B Suit

    Russia has asked the D.C. Circuit to revive its sovereign immunity claim in litigation seeking to enforce $50 billion in arbitral awards against it, arguing it never said arbitrators could have the final word on whether it agreed to arbitrate with former Yukos Oil Co. shareholders.

  • May 31, 2024

    Venezuela Can't DQ Special Master As Citgo Auction Looms

    Venezuela has again fallen short in its efforts to disqualify the special master overseeing the auction of Citgo's parent company to satisfy billions of dollars worth of the country's debt, after a Delaware judge ruled on Friday afternoon that its motivations behind the motion are "suspect."

  • May 31, 2024

    A Potential Tipping Point For Transgender Athlete Litigation

    After heated policy debates in statehouses and academic institutions, the discourse over participation of transgender athletes in college and amateur sports has spilled into the nation's courts, with a flurry of recent suits and rulings suggesting the judiciary will have its hands full for years to come.

  • May 30, 2024

    Ex-Citgo Execs Jailed In Venezuela For 5 Years File $400M Suit

    Two brothers who both served as Citgo vice presidents filed a $400 million suit in Texas on Thursday accusing their former employer of conspiring with Venezuela's authoritarian government to falsely convict them of financial crimes, resulting in their wrongful imprisonment of nearly five years.

  • May 30, 2024

    Curaçao Expropriation Suit Tossed Over Sovereign Immunity

    A D.C. federal judge on Thursday tossed an Iranian American women's rights activist's $110 million suit accusing Curaçao's banking regulator of unlawfully seizing her stake in a $700 million investment company, saying the regulator has sovereign immunity and that, in any case, no expropriation had taken place.

  • May 30, 2024

    Swedish Appeals Court Sets Aside €10.6M Italy Award

    An appeals court in Sweden has this week set aside a €10.6 million ($11.48 million) arbitral award issued to a Dutch renewable energy firm after Italy dialed back economic incentives for the renewable energy industry, saying the award violates European Union law.

  • May 30, 2024

    Venezuelan Oil Co. Looks To Slip Asset Seizure Suit

    An Oklahoma-based oil drilling company insisted Thursday that the D.C. federal court has jurisdiction to decide claims that the company's Venezuelan subsidiary was illegally expropriated without compensation as Venezuela's state-owned oil company looks to slip the long-running suit.

  • May 30, 2024

    'South Park'-Quoting Judge Says CEO Can't 'Blame Canada'

    In a ruling drawing on the show about four foul-mouthed boys from Colorado, a Pennsylvania federal judge said a CEO who sued his former company could not blame Canada for an unfavorable arbitration ruling in a case where he claimed he was wrongly fired from his post.

  • May 30, 2024

    Russia Looks To Pause Ukrainian Bank's $1.1B Award Suit

    Russia has asked a D.C. federal court to pause a case initiated by one of Ukraine's largest banks to enforce a $1.1 billion arbitral award against the Kremlin, saying it has renewed its efforts to annul the award before the French courts.

  • May 30, 2024

    King & Spalding Adds Litigation Co-Lead From V&E

    King & Spalding LLP has hired Vinson & Elkins LLP's former commercial litigation group co-lead to join the firm in New York as a partner, the firm announced Thursday.

  • May 29, 2024

    Malaysia Plans Suits Over $14.9B Award To Sulu Claimants

    Units of Malaysia's national natural gas company are planning to file litigation in Europe against claimants awarded $14.9 billion and their litigation funder following a high-stakes arbitration with the Southeast Asian country over a 19th-century land deal, according to newly filed documents in New York.

  • May 29, 2024

    Russian Subway Franchisee Can't Tank Arbitral Awards

    A Manhattan federal judge said he won't let a Russian Subway franchise owner win its contract dispute with the sandwich giant, instead granting the fast-food chain's petition to confirm two arbitral awards while denying the franchisee's bid to vacate them.

  • May 29, 2024

    White & Case Hires DOJ Russian Sanctions Prosecutor

    White & Case LLP has hired a veteran U.S. Department of Justice attorney who helped oversee an interagency task force that prosecuted violations of economic sanctions and restrictions placed on Russia following its invasion of Ukraine, the firm said Wednesday.

  • May 29, 2024

    Anheuser-Busch, Tilray Fight Beer Sale Injunction Bid

    Anheuser-Busch InBev and Tilray Brands Inc. want a New York federal court to deny an injunction to a distributor alleging they are interfering with its contract to exclusively export craft beers, saying the contract is unenforceable and the potential harm is only speculative.

  • May 28, 2024

    Iraq Says $120M Pier Award Enforcement Suit Must Be Nixed

    Iraq is fighting a D.C. federal court's default judgment enforcing a nearly $120 million arbitral award issued to a Cypriot engineering firm following a dispute over a massive €204 million ($221.6 million) project relating to a port facility that, once completed, will be among the world's largest.

  • May 28, 2024

    Chevron Confident As Hess Shareholders Approve $53B Deal

    Hess Corp. said Tuesday it has received the necessary stockholder approvals to close its $53 billion sale to Chevron Corp., as Chevron separately expressed confidence that it will prevail in an ongoing dispute with Exxon Mobil Corp. and wrap up the regulatory process soon.

  • May 28, 2024

    Insurers, Charter School Assoc. Dismiss Ida Damage Row

    A New Orleans-area charter school system and its insurers have agreed to dismiss their dispute over coverage for the system's Hurricane Ida damage claims, the parties told a Louisiana federal court Tuesday, saying "all claims and causes of action brought forth in the above captioned matter have been compromised."

  • May 28, 2024

    Int'l Judge Pushes Back Against Russia Amicus Allegations

    Prominent arbitrator and international Judge Charles Brower is pushing back against claims from the Kremlin that conflicts of interest should bar his amicus brief to the D.C. Circuit in support of Yukos Oil Co. shareholders' $50 billion arbitration enforcement.

  • May 28, 2024

    Berkeley Energia Hits Spain For $1B Over Nixed Uranium Plant

    Clean energy company Berkeley Energia Ltd. announced Tuesday that it is seeking $1 billion in preliminary compensation from Spain in international arbitration after the country shut down the company's bid to construct a uranium mine and processing plant.

Expert Analysis

  • Stay Interviews Are Key To Retaining Legal Talent

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    Even as the economy shifts and layoffs continue, law firms still want to retain their top attorneys, and so-called stay interviews — informal conversations with employees to identify potential issues before they lead to turnover — can be a crucial tool for improving retention and morale, say Tina Cohen Nicol and Kate Reder Sheikh at Major Lindsey.

  • Series

    Spray Painting Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    My experiences as an abstract spray paint artist have made me a better litigator, demonstrating — in more ways than one — how fluidity and flexibility are necessary parts of a successful legal practice, says Erick Sandlin at Bracewell.

  • Examining The Arbitration Clause Landscape Amid Risks

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    Amid a new wave of mass arbitrations, recent developments in the courts and from the American Arbitration Association suggest that companies should improve arbitration clause drafting to protect themselves against big-ticket settlements and avoid major potential liability, say attorneys at Benesch.

  • Insurance Policy Takeaways From UK Lockdown Loss Ruling

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    An English court's recent decision in Unipolsai v. Covea, determining that insurers' losses from COVID-19 lockdowns were covered by reinsurance, highlights key issues on insurance policy wordings, including how to define a "catastrophe" in the context of the pandemic, says Daniel Healy at Brown Rudnick.

  • Opinion

    Judicial Independence Is Imperative This Election Year

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    As the next election nears, the judges involved in the upcoming trials against former President Donald Trump increasingly face political pressures and threats of violence — revealing the urgent need to safeguard judicial independence and uphold the rule of law, says Benes Aldana at the National Judicial College.

  • Series

    Riding My Peloton Bike Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    Using the Peloton platform for cycling, running, rowing and more taught me that fostering a mind-body connection will not only benefit you physically and emotionally, but also inspire stamina, focus, discipline and empathy in your legal career, says Christopher Ward at Polsinelli.

  • Spartan Arbitration Tactics Against Well-Funded Opponents

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    Like the ancient Spartans who held off a numerically superior Persian army at the Battle of Thermopylae, trial attorneys and clients faced with arbitration against an opponent with a bigger war chest can take a strategic approach to create a pass to victory, say Kostas Katsiris and Benjamin Argyle at Venable.

  • EU Inquiry Offers First Insight Into Foreign Subsidy Law

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    The European Commission's first in-depth investigation under the Foreign Subsidies Regulation into a public procurement process, and subsequent brief on regulatory trends, sheds light on the commission's approach to such cases, as well as jurisdictional, procedural and substantive issues under the regulation, says Matthew Hall at McGuireWoods.

  • Assessing 2 Years Of High Court's Arbitration Waiver Ruling

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    In the two years since the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Morgan v. Sundance, clarifying that no special rules apply to waiver of arbitration provisions, the ruling has had immediate ramifications in federal courts, but it may take some time for the effects to be felt on other federal issues and in state courts, say attorneys at Norton Rose.

  • In Int'l Arbitration Agreements, Be Clear About Governing Law

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    A trilogy of recent cases in the English High Court and Court of Appeal highlight the importance of parties agreeing to explicit choice of law language at the outset of an arbitration agreement in order to avoid costly legal skirmishes down the road, say lawyers at Faegre Drinker.

  • What Recent Study Shows About AI's Promise For Legal Tasks

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    Amid both skepticism and excitement about the promise of generative artificial intelligence in legal contexts, the first randomized controlled trial studying its impact on basic lawyering tasks shows mixed but promising results, and underscores the need for attorneys to proactively engage with AI, says Daniel Schwarcz at University of Minnesota Law School.

  • 3 Notification Pitfalls To Avoid With Arbitration Provisions

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    In Lipsett v. Popular Bank, the Second Circuit found that a bank's arbitration provision was unenforceable due to insufficient notice to a customer that he was bound by the agreement, highlighting the importance of adequate communication of arbitration provisions, and customers' options for opting out, say attorneys at Covington.

  • Opinion

    9th Circ. Nazi Art Theft Ruling Is Bad For Repatriation Cases

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    The Ninth Circuit’s recent decision in Cassirer v. Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection Foundation, holding that a Spanish museum doesn't have to return a Nazi-stolen painting to the original Jewish owners, spells trouble for future heirloom repatriation cases, which hinge on similar archaic laws, say Andrea Perez and Josh Sherman at Carrington Coleman.

  • Litigation Inspiration: A Source Of Untapped Fulfillment

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    As increasing numbers of attorneys struggle with stress and mental health issues, business litigators can find protection against burnout by remembering their important role in society — because fulfillment in one’s work isn’t just reserved for public interest lawyers, say Bennett Rawicki and Peter Bigelow at Hilgers Graben.

  • Series

    Skiing Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    A lifetime of skiing has helped me develop important professional skills, and taught me that embracing challenges with a spirit of adventure can allow lawyers to push boundaries, expand their capabilities and ultimately excel in their careers, says Andrea Przybysz at Tucker Ellis.

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