International Arbitration

  • January 10, 2024

    Ex-FBI Field Boss Asks Judge Not To Extend 4-Year Sentence

    A former FBI field office boss who pled guilty to failing to disclose payments he received from a former Albanian intelligence officer said a Washington, D.C., federal judge should not add prison time on top of his more than four-year sentence in a separate case charging him with assisting a Russian oligarch.

  • January 09, 2024

    Lloyd's Loan Fight Over Ex-MLB Pitcher Sent To Arbitration

    A California federal judge ruled Tuesday that a $3.16 million dispute between loan service provider RockFence Baseball LLC and Lloyd's of London underwriters must go to arbitration over certain questions related to the coverage of a former Minnesota Twins pitcher.

  • January 09, 2024

    9th Circ. Says Spanish Museum May Keep Nazi-Looted Art

    The Ninth Circuit unanimously held Tuesday that a Spanish museum is not obligated to return a painting that was stolen from a Jewish family by the Nazis, a finding that one member of the panel admitted went against her "moral compass."

  • January 09, 2024

    Amyris Fights Claims In Cannabis IP Row By Defining 'Under'

    Biotechnology company Amyris Inc. said Tuesday the word "under" in a contract between it and cannabinoid manufacturer Lavvan supports its effort to quash two claims Lavvan has filed against the debtor, telling a Delaware bankruptcy judge the plain meaning of the preposition bars the claims from going forward.

  • January 09, 2024

    DC Circ. Seeks US Input On Foreign Award Question

    The D.C. Circuit is asking the U.S. Department of Justice to weigh in on an ongoing battle over whether courts can enforce roughly $390 million of arbitral awards issued to European investors following the reduction of Spanish renewable energy subsidies.

  • January 09, 2024

    Clooney Foundation Names Veteran Attys As Co-CEOs

    The Clooney Foundation for Justice, a nonprofit founded by George and Amal Clooney to provide legal support for victims of human rights violations, announced on Tuesday the names of its new executive team for the start of 2024, with two attorneys sharing key leadership responsibilities. 

  • January 09, 2024

    Quebec Cannabis Co. Wants $1.7M In Arbitration Fees Axed

    A cannabis company in Quebec, Canada, that bought assets from North Carolina-based Sugarleaf Labs LLC is suing the seller, saying an arbitrator disregarded New York law by awarding nearly $1.7 million in fees and costs despite the seller losing the bulk of his claims in arbitration.

  • January 09, 2024

    EB-5 Visa Fraud Suit To Stay In Florida State Court

    Two men accused of defrauding millions of dollars from green card hopefuls through a visa program for foreign investors will have to fight allegations in Florida state court after a Florida federal judge refused to send their case to arbitration.

  • January 09, 2024

    Signature Signs Up Arbitration Pro From Dechert In Paris

    Signature Litigation LLP has bolstered its growing arbitration practice in Paris with a veteran partner from Dechert LLP whose expertise ranges from energy to telecommunications.

  • January 08, 2024

    Arbitrator In $14.9B Malaysia Case Found Guilty Of Contempt

    Embattled arbitrator Gonzalo Stampa has been convicted in Spain for contempt of court for his role in ordering Malaysia to pay $14.9 billion to the heirs of the last sultan of Sulu following a dispute stemming from a 19th century land deal, according to a Monday announcement.

  • January 08, 2024

    Kuwaiti Construction Firm Says KBR Award Deserves Scrutiny

    A Kuwaiti construction company urged the Fourth Circuit to overturn a ruling that it owes more than $8 million to Kellogg Brown & Root International, saying a lower court never considered whether a tribunal ignored or rewrote terms in the disputed contract.

  • January 08, 2024

    Walgreens, Humana Cut $360M Deal Ending Crowell Fight

    Walgreens has agreed to pay Humana $360 million after suing in D.C. federal court to challenge Humana's $642 million arbitration win in a drug overcharge fight, an award that Walgreens blamed on the alleged misconduct of its former counsel at Crowell & Moring LLP

  • January 08, 2024

    Atty Accused Of Filing Fake News Must Pay Chevron $250K

    An attorney representing Saudi oil heirs against Chevron Corp. must pay a quarter-million dollars in sanctions for manufacturing a news article in an attempt to sway the Ninth Circuit, a California federal judge determined, denying the lawyer's request for a hearing.

  • January 08, 2024

    Feds Seek 30 Mos. For Ex-FBI Field Boss For Foreign Payouts

    Prosecutors have asked a Washington, D.C., federal judge to sentence a former FBI field office supervisor to at least 30 months in prison for accepting payments from a foreign businessman, citing his "egregious violations of the public trust."

  • January 08, 2024

    Justices Again Deny Review Of Steel Nat'l Security Duties

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday tossed the sixth petition challenging national security tariffs on steel and aluminum, maintaining its unbroken streak of letting Federal Circuit decisions affirming the program stand.

  • January 08, 2024

    Justices Won't Take Up Venezuela Debt Challenge

    The U.S. Supreme Court declined on Monday to review a Third Circuit ruling affirming that Venezuela's state-owned oil company is liable for the country's massive debts, clearing a potential complication to one of the largest forced sales in Delaware history slated to take place later this year.

  • January 08, 2024

    Justices Reject Saipan Casino Arbitration Case

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday opted not to consider whether an arbitration clause that tasks arbitrators with determining their own jurisdiction can be negated by a carveout, leaving in place a Ninth Circuit decision denying arbitration in a regulatory dispute over a Saipan casino.

  • January 05, 2024

    Russian-Owned Bank Nationalized By Ukraine Seeks $1B

    A Luxembourg-based banking group, which is partially owned by a Russian oligarch, has filed a more than $1 billion claim against Ukraine in the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes in an attempt to recoup the loss it allegedly incurred when Ukraine took control of a bank it owned.

  • January 05, 2024

    $5M Hurricane Damage Claim Must Be Arbitrated, Court Told

    A collection of New Orleans-area property owners must arbitrate their more than $5.1 million Hurricane Ida damage dispute, a group of insurers and underwriters told a Louisiana federal court.

  • January 05, 2024

    Jump Trading Beats Claims Stablecoin Wasn't Stable, For Now

    A California federal judge has refused to send to arbitration a putative class action alleging cryptocurrency company Jump Trading duped investors to fund Terraform's stablecoins, which lost more than 90% of their value within weeks, but he tossed the complaint, with leave to amend, for failing to sufficiently allege securities fraud.

  • January 05, 2024

    Industry Org. Backs Lloyd's, Other Insurers In Arbitration Row

    The Wholesale and Specialty Insurance Association has asked the Second Circuit to let it support a group of surplus lines insurers who claim a New York federal judge erred by not compelling into arbitration a Louisiana property owner who sued the insurers over unpaid claims stemming from Hurricane Ida.

  • January 04, 2024

    Israel Genocide Case May Illustrate New Int'l Law Trend

    A new case filed by South Africa asking the International Court of Justice to find that Israel is committing genocide in the Gaza Strip may mark the beginning of a new trend that could help increase accountability for countries accused of violating international law.

  • January 04, 2024

    Sonder Tries To Pause $90M Suit Over Houston Leases

    Short-term rental company Sonder Canada has urged a Texas federal judge to halt litigation while the company is in arbitration with several Houston landlords who say they are owed $90 million in back rent.

  • January 04, 2024

    Amazon Prevails In Account Row With Chinese Seller

    A New York federal judge declined to undo an arbitral award that favored Amazon and was issued after the e-commerce giant booted a Chinese third-party seller from its platform and froze some $50,000 in sales proceeds for soliciting favorable reviews in violation of Amazon's policies.

  • January 03, 2024

    Galderma Labs Seeks OK Of Award Over Botox-Like Treatment

    Galderma Laboratories has asked a Texas federal court to enforce an arbitral award in its trade secrets dispute with Ipsen Biopharm over an application seeking U.S. government approval of a Botox-like treatment, saying the parties are bound by an International Chamber of Commerce arbitration.

Expert Analysis

  • Series

    Participating In Living History Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    My role as a baron in a living history group, and my work as volunteer corporate counsel for a book series fan association, has provided me several opportunities to practice in unexpected areas of law — opening doors to experiences that have nurtured invaluable personal and professional skills, says Matthew Parker at the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services.

  • Opinion

    Private Equity Owners Can Remedy Law Firms' Agency Issues

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    Nonlawyer, private-equity ownership of law firms can benefit shareholders and others vulnerable to governance issues such as disparate interests, and can in turn help resolve agency problems, says Michael Di Gennaro at The Law Practice Exchange.

  • 6 Key Factors For Successful Cross-Border Dispute Mediation

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    The European landscape of cross-border disputes diverges markedly from the U.S. experience and presents unique challenges, including the amalgamation of diverse cultures and legal systems, but there are several practical steps that practitioners can take to effectively navigate the process, says Peter Kamminga at JAMS.

  • How To Protect Atty-Client Privilege While Using Generative AI

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    When using generative artificial intelligence tools, attorneys should consider several safeguards to avoid breaches or complications in attorney-client privilege, say Antonious Sadek and Christopher Campbell at DLA Piper.

  • How New Lawyers Can Leverage Feedback For Growth

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    Embracing constructive criticism as a tool for success can help new lawyers accelerate their professional growth and law firms build a culture of continuous improvement, says Katie Aldrich at Fringe Professional Development.

  • Twitter Legal Fees Suit Offers Crash Course In Billing Ethics

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    X Corp.'s suit alleging that Wachtell grossly inflated its fees in the final days of Elon Musk’s Twitter acquisition provides a case study in how firms should protect their reputations by hewing to ethical billing practices and the high standards for professional conduct that govern attorney-client relationships, says Lourdes Fuentes at Karta Legal.

  • ABA's Money-Laundering Resolution Is A Balancing Act

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    While the American Bar Association’s recently passed resolution recognizes a lawyer's duty to discontinue representation that could facilitate money laundering and other fraudulent activity, it preserves, at least for now, the delicate balance of judicial, state-based regulation of the legal profession and the sanctity of the attorney-client relationship, say attorneys at Ballard Spahr.

  • Law Firm Professional Development Steps To Thrive In AI Era

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    As generative artificial intelligence tools rapidly evolve, professional development leaders are instrumental in preparing law firms for the paradigm shifts ahead, and should consider three strategies to help empower legal talent with the skills required to succeed in an increasingly complex technological landscape, say Steve Gluckman and Anusia Gillespie at SkillBurst Interactive.

  • The Basics Of Being A Knowledge Management Attorney

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    Michael Lehet at Ogletree Deakins discusses the role of knowledge management attorneys at law firms, the common tasks they perform and practical tips for lawyers who may be considering becoming one.

  • To Hire And Keep Top Talent, Think Beyond Compensation

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    Firms seeking to appeal to sophisticated clients and top-level partners should promote mentorship, ensure that attorneys from diverse backgrounds feel valued, and clarify policies about at-home work, says Patrick Moya at Quaero Group.

  • Defense Practice Pointers In Venezuela Bribe Case Dismissal

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    A Texas federal court’s recent dismissal of charges in U.S. v. Murta — one of over two dozen prosecutions targeting bribes paid to a Venezuelan state-owned oil company — highlights the complicated issues presented by cross-border investigations, and provides lessons for defense counsel representing foreign clients in U.S. prosecutions, say attorneys at Steptoe & Johnson.

  • Strategies For Enforcing Arbitral Awards Against Sovereigns

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    When a large project or investment in a foreign country is unexpectedly expropriated by a new government, companies often prevail in arbitration — but if the sovereign refuses to pay up, collecting the arbitral award may require persistence, creativity, and a mixture of hard and soft approaches, say Gabe Bluestone and Jeff Newton at OmniBridgeway.

  • Perspectives

    More States Should Join Effort To Close Legal Services Gap

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    Colorado is the most recent state to allow other types of legal providers, not just attorneys, to offer specific services in certain circumstances — and more states should rethink the century-old assumptions that shape our current regulatory rules, say Natalie Anne Knowlton and Janet Drobinske at the University of Denver.

  • Identifying Trends And Tips In Litigation Financing Disclosure

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    Growing interest and controversy in litigation financing raise several salient concerns, but exploring recent compelled disclosure trends from courts around the country can help practitioners further their clients' interests, say Sean Callagy and Samuel Sokolsky at Arnold & Porter.

  • Opinion

    OFAC Designation Prosecutions Are Constitutionally Suspect

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    Criminal prosecutions based on the Office of Foreign Assets Control’s sanctions-related listing decisions — made with nearly unfettered discretion through an opaque process — present several constitutional issues, so it is imperative that courts recognize additional rights of review, say Solomon Shinerock and Annika Conrad at Lewis Baach.

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