International Arbitration

  • February 01, 2024

    Oil Price Cap Coalition Outlines Top Evasion Tactics

    The countries behind the Russian oil price cap, or OPC, issued new guidance Thursday outlining the primary tactics used to evade the $60 per barrel limit, including the increasing use of byzantine corporate structures to hide prohibited transactions.

  • February 01, 2024

    Mexico Can't Confirm US Labor Claims At Fujikura Auto Plant

    Investigators from Mexico's Ministry of Labor and Ministry of Economy said Wednesday they can't verify U.S.-backed claims of labor rights violations and discrimination against former union organizers at an automotive plant in Piedras Negras, Coahuila.

  • February 01, 2024

    Former Gov. Of Puerto Rico Joins Reed Smith From Steptoe

    Reed Smith LLP announced Thursday that it has hired two partners to its Washington, D.C., and New York offices, including a former governor of Puerto Rico.

  • February 01, 2024

    Spain Doesn't Have To Pay Upfront In €120M Energy Row

    An appeals court said Thursday it had found "no compelling reason" to make Spain's challenge to a €120 million ($130 million) arbitral award for slashing economic incentives for renewable energy investors conditional on the state paying the full amount upfront.

  • January 31, 2024

    Worker-Centered Trade Faces Headwinds From Lawmakers

    President Joe Biden's goal to recalibrate international trade to support middle-class jobs is facing headwinds following a series of trade negotiation setbacks, an exodus of high-level staffers, and now a congressional threat to his nomination of a deputy trade representative.

  • January 31, 2024

    11th Circ. Skeptical Of Bid To Nix Retail Heiress's Award

    The Eleventh Circuit appeared disinclined on Wednesday to vacate an arbitral award finding the grandsons of a retail store heiress liable for mismanaging her $70 million fortune based on the tribunal chair's failure to disclose a lawsuit she filed against State Farm, which had recently hired one of the grandsons.

  • January 31, 2024

    Watchdog Calls For Written Guidance On Autos

    A government watchdog report Wednesday urged the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative to develop written guidance to better partner with other federal offices on the Interagency Committee on Trade in Automotive Goods, which provides advice on regional trade rules.

  • January 31, 2024

    DC Circ. Urged To Rush Russia Appeal In $50B Award Case

    Former shareholders of Yukos Oil Co. called on the D.C. Circuit to expedite Russia's appeal, which challenges its rejected attempt to dismiss a long-running case to enforce $50 billion in arbitration awards, arguing that answering the legal question at issue falls within the public interest.

  • January 30, 2024

    Patent Holding Firm Says Fight With Funder Belongs In Court

    An Irish patent holding company is fighting litigation funder Longford Capital's bid to force it to arbitrate a dispute over the proceeds of a settlement that ended certain patent litigation, telling a Delaware federal court in a brief made public on Tuesday that it never agreed to those terms.

  • January 30, 2024

    5th Circ. Tosses $200M Vessel Explosion Award Confirmation

    A Louisiana federal court couldn't confirm $200 million awarded to a German shipowner for a deadly chemical explosion on its vessel because MSC, the Swiss shipping giant liable for the disaster, doesn't have a connection to the Pelican State, according to a Fifth Circuit panel.

  • January 30, 2024

    US Skating Team Gets 2022 Gold After Arbitration Ruling

    The International Skating Union on Tuesday declared that the U.S. is the retroactive winner of the 2022 Olympic gold medal for team figure skating, an announcement that comes one day after the Court of Arbitration for Sport found that Russian Olympic figure skater Kamila Valieva violated Russian doping rules, making all her results since Dec. 25, 2021, invalid.

  • January 29, 2024

    Justices Urged To OK 9th Circ.'s Coinbase Arbitration Ruling

    The American Association for Justice, legal scholars and a consumer advocacy organization threw their weight behind a proposed class of Coinbase users Monday in their fight at the U.S. Supreme Court to keep their dispute alleging the cryptocurrency exchange platform misled them about a Dogecoin sweepstakes out of arbitration.

  • January 29, 2024

    International Arbitration Expert Rejoins Curtis In Geneva

    Curtis Mallet-Prevost Colt & Mosle LLP has announced that "a leading lawyer of her generation" in international disputes and international arbitration has rejoined the firm as a partner in its Geneva office.

  • January 29, 2024

    Arbitration Court Upholds Russian Figure Skater's Doping Ban

    The Swiss-based Court of Arbitration for Sport has found that Russian Olympic figure skater Kamila Valieva violated Russian doping rules, making all her results since Dec. 25, 2021, invalid and possibly opening the door for the United States team to be crowned gold medal winners for the 2022 Winter Games.

  • January 29, 2024

    Russian Says Seized $300M Superyacht Is His, Not Oligarch's

    A Russian businessman and former CEO of a state-owned oil conglomerate has told a Manhattan federal judge that an attempt by the U.S. government to seize a $300 million yacht owned in his name should be tossed, rejecting claims that he was ever a stand-in owner for a sanctioned Russian oligarch.

  • January 26, 2024

    EU Investment Plans Play To US Nat'l Security Concerns

    Three new measures adopted by the European Commission stand to close alternate pathways to advanced technology and funding that have plagued U.S. efforts to thwart adversaries like China and Russia.

  • January 26, 2024

    US Can't Escape $24M Case Over Alleged Ukrainian Scheme

    An international tribunal has declined to grant the United States an early exit from a $24 million arbitration accusing the Biden administration of overstepping its authority by initiating forfeiture proceedings aimed at unraveling an alleged Ukrainian money laundering scheme.

  • January 26, 2024

    Trans Swimmer Wants Ban Arbitrated In Time For Olympics

    American swimmer Lia Thomas, who in 2022 became the first openly transgender woman to win an NCAA championship, has challenged the world swimming governing body's transgender ban by requesting arbitration, the Court of Arbitration for Sports confirmed Friday.

  • January 26, 2024

    Refrigerant Importers Get Chilly Reception In 11th Circ.

    The Eleventh Circuit appeared skeptical on Friday morning of arguments that several refrigerant importers had not waived their right to arbitrate claims that they fraudulently transferred assets to avoid paying damages awarded in a previous lawsuit to Chinese exporter T.T. International Co. Ltd.

  • February 08, 2024

    Law360 Seeks Members For Its 2024 Editorial Boards

    Law360 is looking for avid readers of its publications to serve as members of its 2024 editorial advisory boards.

  • January 26, 2024

    Moroccan Grain Tycoon Sees Jail Term For Hiding Assets Cut

    An English appeals court on Thursday overturned a contempt of court conviction of a grains importer executive, who was accused of failing to comply with an asset disclosure order over a $3.5 million arbitral award issued to a subsidiary of food specialist Archer-Daniels-Midland Co., or ADM, in Switzerland.

  • January 25, 2024

    High Court Arbitration Case May Raise More Questions

    A petition before the U.S. Supreme Court relating to whether federal judges can permit a party to immediately appeal a ruling compelling arbitration raises related issues that the justices may opt not to resolve, potentially resulting in a decision that only sows more confusion.

  • 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.

Expert Analysis

  • The Case For Post-Bar Clerk Training Programs At Law Firms

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    In today's competitive legal hiring market, an intentionally designed training program for law school graduates awaiting bar admission can be an effective way of creating a pipeline of qualified candidates, says Brent Daub at Gilson Daub.

  • Attorneys Have An Ethical Duty To Protect The Judiciary

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    The tenor of public disagreement and debate has become increasingly hostile against judges, and though the legislative branch is trying to ameliorate this safety gap, lawyers have a moral imperative and professional requirement to stand with judges in defusing attacks against them and their rulings, says Deborah Winokur at Cozen O'Connor.

  • Nix Of $11B Award Shows Limits Of Arbitral Process

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    A recent English High Court decision in Nigeria v. Process & Industrial Developments, overturning an arbitration award because it was obtained by fraud, is a reminder that arbitration decisions are ultimately still accountable to the courts, and that the relative simplicity of the arbitration rules is not necessarily always a benefit, say Robin Henry and Abbie Coleman at Collyer Bristow.

  • Int'l Arbitration Doesn't Have To Be Slow And Expensive

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    Anton Maurer at JAMS offers a series of practice points aimed at reducing the cost and delays of international arbitration, such as avoiding overbroad document discovery, without harming the result of the proceedings.

  • AI Can Help Lawyers Overcome The Programming Barrier

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    Legal professionals without programming expertise can use generative artificial intelligence to harness the power of automation and other technology solutions to streamline their work, without the steep learning curve traditionally associated with coding, says George Zalepa at Greenberg Traurig.

  • A Look At Enforcing And Contesting Arbitral Awards In Qatar

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    As Qatar aspires to become a regional investment hub as part of its Qatar Vision 2030, it has committed to modernizing its arbitration practices in accordance with international standards, including updating the process of enforcing and contesting arbitration awards, say attorneys at Crowell & Moring.

  • Preparing Law Students For A New, AI-Assisted Legal World

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    As artificial intelligence rapidly transforms the legal landscape, law schools must integrate technology and curricula that address AI’s innate challenges — from ethics to data security — to help students stay ahead of the curve, say Daniel Garrie at Law & Forensics, Ryan Abbott at JAMS and Karen Silverman at Cantellus Group.

  • General Counsel Need Data Literacy To Keep Up With AI

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    With the rise of accessible and powerful generative artificial intelligence solutions, it is imperative for general counsel to understand the use and application of data for myriad important activities, from evaluating the e-discovery process to monitoring compliance analytics and more, says Colin Levy at Malbek.

  • Navigating Discovery Of Generative AI Information

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    As generative artificial intelligence tools become increasingly ubiquitous, companies must make sure to preserve generative AI data when there is reasonable expectation of litigation, and to include transcripts in litigation hold notices, as they may be relevant to discovery requests, say Nick Peterson and Corey Hauser at Wiley.

  • Finding Focus: Strategies For Attorneys With ADHD

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    Given the prevalence of ADHD among attorneys, it is imperative that the legal community gain a better understanding of how ADHD affects well-being, and that resources and strategies exist for attorneys with this disability to manage their symptoms and achieve success, say Casey Dixon at Dixon Life Coaching and Krista Larson at Stinson.

  • Protecting The Arbitral Process In Russia-Related Disputes

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    Four recent High Court and Court of Appeal rulings concerning anti-suit injunction claims illustrate that companies exposed to litigation risk in Russia may need to carefully consider how to best protect their interests and the arbitral process with regard to a Russian counterparty, say lawyers at Linklaters.

  • Attorneys, Law Schools Must Adapt To New Era Of Evidence

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    Technological advancements mean more direct evidence is being created than ever before, and attorneys as well as law schools must modify their methods to account for new challenges in how this evidence is collected and used to try cases, says Reuben Guttman at Guttman Buschner.

  • RSA Insurance Ruling Clarifies Definition Of 'Insured Loss'

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    A London appeals court's recent ruling in Royal & Sun Alliance Insurance v. Tughans, that the insurer must provide coverage for a liability that included the law firm's fees, shows that a claim for the recovery of fees paid to a firm can constitute an insured loss, say James Roberts and Sophia Hanif at Clyde & Co.

  • Best Practices For Cos. Navigating US-China Investigations

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    Given recent enforcement trends and the broad jurisdictional reach of U.S. laws, companies with operations in China must enhance their compliance programs in order to balance new corporate enforcement expectations with Chinese data protection and privacy requirements, say attorneys at Paul Hastings.

  • Tips For Litigating Against Pro Se Parties In Complex Disputes

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    Litigating against self-represented parties in complex cases can pose unique challenges for attorneys, but for the most part, it requires the same skills that are useful in other cases — from documenting everything to understanding one’s ethical duties, says Bryan Ketroser at Alto Litigation.

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