International Arbitration

  • January 25, 2024

    Movie Mogul's Wife Can't Escape Discovery In $500M Fight

    A New York federal judge has refused to reconsider the bulk of his discovery order related to tax, immigration and financial records held by a Chinese cinema magnate's wife in an investor dispute over a half-billion-dollar arbitral award against her husband.

  • January 25, 2024

    UniCredit Tries To Halt Impending €450M Judgment In Russia

    UniCredit Bank AG urged the Court of Appeal on Thursday to halt claims brought by a Gazprom joint venture in Russia for €450 million ($488 million) under bond guarantees linked to an aborted gas plant project.

  • January 25, 2024

    Fieldfisher Adds Arbitration Pro With Spanish Partner Hire

    Fieldfisher LLP has hired a founding partner of Spanish law firm Claros & Abogados to join its Madrid office as it looks to bolster its dispute settlement practice across Europe and the Americas.

  • January 24, 2024

    Crypto Lender Nexo Hits Bulgaria With $3B Arbitration Claim

    Nexo AG said it has submitted an approximately $3 billion arbitration claim against the Republic of Bulgaria at the World Bank's International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes following a raid of the crypto lender's offices in Sofia last year.

  • January 24, 2024

    Dogecoin Fans Urge Justices To Let Court Hear Coinbase Row

    A group of Coinbase users who claim the exchange misled them with murky advertising of a Dogecoin sweepstakes told the U.S. Supreme Court that it should be up to a judge to decide whether their grievances belong in arbitration.

  • January 24, 2024

    Amyris Says Claim Releases Needed For Post-Ch. 11 Success

    Biotechnology company Amyris Inc. told a Delaware bankruptcy judge on Wednesday it needs to eliminate potential shareholder claims in order to emerge from its Chapter 11 case as a successful company.

  • January 24, 2024

    Apartment, Insurers Settle Stalled Construction Coverage Row

    A Tampa, Florida, apartment complex owner and its insurers settled their dispute in federal court over coverage for delayed construction after mediation, they said Wednesday in a joint settlement notice.

  • January 24, 2024

    India's Zee Pushes Sony To Withdraw $10B Deal Termination

    Zee Entertainment on Wednesday issued a statement calling on Sony Group's India unit to "immediately withdraw" the termination of its agreement to buy Zee for $10 billion, adding that it has approached India's National Company Law Tribunal for assistance in closing the deal.

  • January 24, 2024

    Investors Seek Upfront Payment In Spain's €120M Energy Row

    Two investors urged an English court on Wednesday to make Spain's challenge to a €120 million ($131 million) arbitral award for slashing its economic incentives for renewable energy investors conditional on the state paying the full amount upfront.

  • 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.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • Rethinking In-Office Attendance For Associate Retention

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    The hybrid office attendance model doesn't work for all employees, but it does for many — and balancing these two groups is important for associate retention and maintaining a BigLaw firm culture that supports all attorneys, says Summer Eberhard at Major Lindsey.

  • Murdaugh Trials Offer Law Firms Fraud Prevention Reminders

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    As the fraud case against Alex Murdaugh continues to play out, the evidence and narrative presented at his murder trial earlier this year may provide lessons for law firms on implementing robust internal controls that can detect and prevent similar kinds of fraud, say Travis Casner and Helga Zauner at Weaver and Tidwell.

  • Firm Tips For Helping New Lawyers Succeed Post-Pandemic

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    Ten steps can help firms significantly enhance the experience of attorneys who started their careers in the coronavirus pandemic era, including facilitating opportunities for cross-firm connection, which can ultimately help build momentum for business development, says Lana Manganiello at Equinox Strategy Partners.

  • Tackling Judge-Shopping Concerns While Honoring Localism

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    As the debate continues over judge-shopping and case assignments in federal court, policymakers should look to a hybrid model that preserves the benefits of localism for those cases that warrant it, while preventing the appearance of judge-shopping for cases of a more national or widespread character, says Joshua Sohn at the U.S. Department of Justice.

  • Perspectives

    How Attorneys Can Help Combat Anti-Asian Hate

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    Amid an exponential increase in violence against Asian American and Pacific Islander communities, unique obstacles stand in the way of accountability and justice — but lawyers can effect powerful change by raising awareness, offering legal representation, advocating for victims’ rights and more, say attorneys at Gibson Dunn.

  • Opinion

    Congress Needs To Enact A Federal Anti-SLAPP Statute

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    Although many states have passed statutes meant to prevent individuals or entities from filing strategic lawsuits against public participation, other states have not, so it's time for Congress to enact a federal statute to ensure that free speech and petitioning rights are uniformly protected nationwide in federal court, say attorneys at Skadden.

  • Alstom Arb. Case Shows 3 Approaches To Corruption Claims

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    French, English and Swiss courts have provided differing assessments of post-award corruption allegations in the long-running case Alexander Brothers v. Alstom, which is clearly undesirable, and may affect arbitration tactics, says Harriet Chopra at Fladgate.

  • 5 Insider-Threat Reminders After Recent DOJ Prosecutions

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    Three recent U.S. Department of Justice actions may well lead to much greater scrutiny of companies in which insiders engage in a variety of corporate misconduct, including conducting or enabling cybercrimes, which will likely fall not just on government contractors, but across industries and geographies, say attorneys at Paul Weiss.

  • Applying The Singapore Convention In UK: The Key Questions

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    While the U.K. government's recent decision to join the Singapore Convention is welcome, the hard work arguably starts now in devising the domestic rules to implement it, which should not be treated as a straightforward exercise, says Jan O'Neill at Herbert Smith.

  • Some Client Speculations On AI And The Law Firm Biz Model

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    Generative artificial intelligence technologies will put pressure on the business of law as it is structured currently, but clients may end up with more price certainty for legal services, and lawyers may spend more time being lawyers, says Jonathan Cole at Melody Capital.

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