International Arbitration

  • January 23, 2024

    Australia, US, UK Sanction Russian Over Medibank Hack

    Officials from Australia, the U.S. and the United Kingdom revealed Tuesday that they had sanctioned a Russian national believed to have played an integral role in a 2022 cyberattack that hit Australian health insurer Medibank Private Ltd., marking the first time the three nations have made such a coordinated strike. 

  • January 23, 2024

    50 Cent Can Look At Ex-Liquor Boss's Assets For $7M Award

    A Connecticut bankruptcy judge is allowing rapper Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson's cognac company to examine assets belonging to its former brand manager, a move that could help the artist behind "In Da Club" recover a roughly $7 million judgment for claims accusing the now-insolvent ex-employee of stealing from the business.

  • January 23, 2024

    $57M Morocco Hotel Award Can't Be Enforced, 3rd Circ. Hears

    An investment firm urged the Third Circuit on Monday not to force it to pay a $57 million arbitral award issued against its former subsidiary following a dispute over a mismanaged luxury hotel, saying the suit is an act of desperation by a hotel owner with nowhere else to turn.

  • January 23, 2024

    Oligarchs May Be Exploiting Art Facilities To Dodge Sanctions

    Facilities storing valuable artwork should be on the lookout for designated Russian individuals who may have squirreled away pieces in order to evade international sanctions, the National Crime Agency warned Tuesday.

  • January 22, 2024

    2nd Circ. Tosses Arbitration Ruling In Ousted Chair's Suit

    The Second Circuit on Monday vacated an order refusing to halt arbitration initiated by the ousted former chairperson of software investment company The Resource Group International Ltd., who was forced to resign in late 2021 following a widely reported sexual harassment scandal.

  • January 22, 2024

    DC Circ. Mulls Enforcing $486M Award Against Djibouti

    The D.C. Circuit spent the better part of an hour Monday morning trying to sort out the intricacies of a dispute between the Republic of Djibouti and a Dubai-based state-owned shipping coordinator over a $486 million arbitral award.

  • January 22, 2024

    Sony Ignites Potential Legal Battle In Nix Of $10B Zee Merger

    Sony Group's India unit said Monday it has terminated its planned $10 billion merger with Zee Entertainment after the two sides failed to close the deal by a final deadline, although Zee claimed it doesn't owe a related $90 million termination fee and threatened potential "legal action."

  • January 22, 2024

    Skyscraper's Ties To Laundering Cut After Sale, Judge Told

    Two Miami businesspeople told a Florida federal judge that a pair of Ukrainian oligarchs lost their investment in a Louisville, Kentucky, skyscraper when an entity turned over the deed to avoid foreclosure on the property in 2018, countering the government's claim of a connection to a money laundering scheme.

  • January 22, 2024

    Zimbabwe Can't Escape $125M Award In England

    England's High Court has nixed the Republic of Zimbabwe's bid to set aside an order enforcing a $125 million arbitral award against it, finding the country's argument that it was immune from the jurisdiction of the English courts was "irrelevant."

  • January 19, 2024

    Law360 Names Firms Of The Year

    Eight law firms have earned spots as Law360's Firms of the Year, with 55 Practice Group of the Year awards among them, steering some of the largest deals of 2023 and securing high-profile litigation wins, including at the U.S. Supreme Court.

  • January 19, 2024

    Law360 Names Practice Groups Of The Year

    Law360 would like to congratulate the winners of its Practice Groups of the Year awards for 2023, which honor the attorney teams behind litigation wins and major deals that resonated throughout the legal industry this past year.

  • January 19, 2024

    Lima Takes Dispute Over Arbitrator Complaint To DC Circ.

    Peru's capital city of Lima is appealing a D.C. federal judge's order directing the city to turn over a criminal complaint it filed against arbitrators adjudicating claims against it related to a highway project and concession contract, maintaining that the judge issued the order before considering the city's immunity defenses.

  • January 19, 2024

    22-Year ICSID Vet Proposed To Succeed Retiring Kinnear

    World Bank Group President Ajay Banga has proposed that a 22-year veteran of the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes replace Secretary-General Meg Kinnear when she steps down from her position later this year.

  • January 19, 2024

    Thales Looks To Halt Sale Of Avionics JV While Arb. Plays Out

    A New York federal judge Friday ordered defense contractor L3 Technologies to appear before him next month to defend itself in litigation filed by French aerospace firm Thales over the contested sale of L3's majority stake in the companies' aviation electronics joint venture.

  • January 19, 2024

    Winston & Strawn Dodges Sanctions In NC Pharma Fight

    A North Carolina pharmaceutical company's attempt to sanction a Polish drugmaker and its attorneys at Winston & Strawn LLP over allegedly duplicative litigation involving a consulting agreement that tanked is "misguided," a federal judge said in an order denying the request.

  • January 18, 2024

    RICO Suit In $92M Russian Award Feud May Be Trimmed

    Seven months after a Russian businessman convinced the U.S. Supreme Court to let him forge a path via U.S. civil racketeering law to try to enforce a $92 million arbitral award, a California federal judge has now teed up significant parts of his lawsuit for the chopping block.

  • January 18, 2024

    Chinese Co. Says Arbiter Failed To Disclose Pro-Amazon Past

    A Chinese third-party seller on Amazon has asked a New York federal judge to reconsider confirming an arbitration award favoring the retail giant after the online marketplace tossed it from the platform while freezing $50,000 in sales, saying new evidence shows partiality and misconduct by the arbitrator.

  • January 18, 2024

    SEC, US Trustee Object To Releases In Amyris' Ch. 11 Plan

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and the U.S. Trustee's Office have expressed new concerns about nonconsensual third-party releases in biotechnology company Amyris' Chapter 11 plan, arguing that such releases are only allowed in extraordinary circumstances that were not met by the debtor.

  • January 18, 2024

    Yelp Ends TM Suit Over Yelp.ai Domain Name After Settlement

    Crowd-sourced business review platform Yelp Inc. has voluntarily dismissed its trademark infringement suit against a California man accused of cybersquatting on a domain for Yelp's artificial intelligence product after settling out of court.

  • January 18, 2024

    Canada To Challenge US Lumber Duties Under Trade Pact

    Canada renewed its calls for a panel of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement to rule against duties on Canadian softwood lumber after the U.S. Court of International Trade declined to sunset the five-year tariffs last November.

  • January 18, 2024

    US Sanctions Emirati Shipper For Oil Price Cap Violations

    The U.S. Department of the Treasury on Thursday sanctioned a United Arab Emirates-based owner of a ship that transported Russian crude oil above a $60 per barrel price cap, marking the department's first oil price cap enforcement action of the new year.

  • January 17, 2024

    Security For Costs Bid Nixed In $689M Plantation Claim

    An international tribunal has rejected Nicaragua's bid to force a U.S. agricultural investor to put up about $4 million as security for a potential adverse costs award, as the investor pursues a $689 million claim over the alleged wrongful seizure of its avocado plantation.

  • January 17, 2024

    Brazilian Co. Seeks $73M Award Chinese Co. Wants Tossed

    A Brazilian renewable energy company is asking a New York federal court to confirm a $73 million arbitral award it won against a Chinese company in a solar panel supply dispute, a month after the Chinese company moved to have the award vacated.

  • January 17, 2024

    Foley Hoag Attys Scolded For Delay In Peruvian Highway Case

    Foley Hoag attorneys representing the city of Lima, Peru, cannot delay proceedings in an arbitration enforcement case, a D.C. federal judge has ruled, chastising the attorneys for failing to resolve the issue underlying the requested pause weeks ago.

  • January 17, 2024

    UK Justices Deny Trader Relief From Pirates' $7.7M Ransom

    The U.K.'s top court said Wednesday that a commodity trading company should cover a chunk of a $7.7 million ransom paid to Somali pirates to release a ship, refusing to widen the scope of the insurance code.

Expert Analysis

  • Level Up Lawyers' Business Development With Gamification

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    With employee engagement at a 10-year low in the U.S., there are several gamification techniques marketing and business development teams at law firms can use to make generating new clients and matters more appealing to lawyers, says Heather McCullough at Society 54.

  • Mallory Ruling Leaves Personal Jurisdiction Deeply Unsettled

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    In Mallory v. Norfolk Southern Railway, a closely divided U.S. Supreme Court recently rolled back key aspects of its 2017 opinion in Daimler AG v. Bauman that limited personal jurisdiction, leaving as many questions for businesses as it answers, say John Cerreta and James Rotondo at Day Pitney.

  • 5 Ways Firms Can Rethink Office Design In A Hybrid World

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    As workplaces across the country adapt to flexible work, law firms must prioritize individuality, amenities and technology in office design, says Kristin Cerutti at Nelson Worldwide.

  • Opinion

    Bar Score Is Best Hiring Metric Post-Affirmative Action

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    After the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling striking down affirmative action admissions policies, law firms looking to foster diversity in hiring should view an applicant's Multistate Bar Examination score as the best metric of legal ability — over law school name or GPA, says attorney Alice Griffin.

  • RICO Ruling Makes US More Attractive Foreign Creditor Forum

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    The U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Yegiazaryan v. Smagin, allowing a foreign plaintiff to use the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act to enforce a foreign arbitral award, will make judgment creditors more likely to seek out U.S. courts to remedy efforts to frustrate the enforcement of international arbitration awards, say attorneys at Paul Hastings.

  • Ghosting In BigLaw: How To Come Back From Lack Of Feedback

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    Junior associates can feel powerless when senior colleagues cut off contact instead of providing useful feedback, but young attorneys can get back on track by focusing on practical professional development and reexamining their career priorities, says Rachel Patterson at Orrick.

  • Steps To Success For Senior Associates

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    Adriana Paris at Rissman Barrett discusses the increased responsibilities and opportunities that becoming a senior associate brings and what attorneys in this role should prioritize to flourish in this stressful but rewarding next level in their careers.

  • Automatic Arbitration Win For Cos. May Come With Pitfalls

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    The U.S. Supreme Court's recent resolution of a circuit split governing arbitration stays in Coinbase v. Bielski is a win for companies seeking to enforce arbitration agreements, but there may be consequences to keep in mind when considering whether to appeal a denial of a motion to compel arbitration, say Marianne Spencer and Sonya Winner at Covington.

  • Legal Profession Must Do More For Lawyers With Disabilities

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    At the start of Disability Pride month, Rosalyn Richter at Arnold & Porter looks at why lawyers with disabilities are significantly underrepresented in private practice, asserting that law firms and other employers must do more to conquer the implicit bias that deters attorneys from seeking accommodations.

  • Opinion

    Appellate Funding Disclosure: No Mandate Is Right Choice

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    The Advisory Committee on Appellate Rules' recent decision, forgoing a mandatory disclosure rule for litigation funding in federal appeals, is prudent, as third-party funding is only involved in a minuscule number of federal cases, and courts have ample authority to obtain funding information if necessary, says Stewart Ackerly at Statera Capital.

  • Halkbank Ruling Gives Gov't Leverage But Erodes Comity

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    The U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision in Halkbank v. U.S., denying the Turkish state-owned bank immunity from prosecution, erodes the historic principle of comity in favor of imposing domestic law on foreign states, and could potentially usher in an era of mutually assured litigation between world powers, say Solomon Shinerock and Annika Conrad at Lewis Baach.

  • High Court Ruling Provides New Avenue For Foreign Plaintiffs

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    The U.S. Supreme Court’s recent ruling in Yegiazaryan v. Smagin offers a new path for foreign plaintiffs attempting to enforce arbitral awards in the U.S., but it also leaves the standard for such attempts under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act unsettled, say attorneys at Wiley.

  • How Attys Can Avoid Exposing Their Firms To Cyberattacks

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    Attorneys are the weakest link in their firms' cyberdefenses because hackers often exploit the gap between individuals’ work and personal cybersecurity habits, but there are some steps lawyers can take to reduce the risks they create for their employers, say Mark Hurley and Carmine Cicalese at Digital Privacy & Protection.

  • Virginia 'Rocket Docket' Slowdown Is Likely A Blip

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    After being the fastest or second-fastest federal civil trial court for 14 straight years, the Eastern District of Virginia has slid to 18th place, but the rocket docket’s statistical tumble doesn't mean the district no longer maintains a speedy civil docket, says Robert Tata at Hunton.

  • 5 Management Tips To Keep Law Firm Merger Talks Moving

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    Many law firm mergers that make solid business sense still fall apart due to the costs and frustrations of inefficient negotiations, but firm managers can increase the chance of success by effectively planning and executing merger discussions, say Lisa Smith and Kristin Stark at Fairfax Associates.

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