International Arbitration

  • March 11, 2024

    Steptoe Adds Dentons' Ex-Global Security Chief As Partner

    Steptoe LLP has added a security and threat analysis expert who previously served as Dentons' global chief security officer as a partner in Washington, D.C., the firm announced Monday.

  • March 11, 2024

    Pfizer Defeats French Group's Bid For Vax Docs At 2nd Circ.

    The Second Circuit said Monday that Pfizer doesn't need to give a French nonprofit the communications between its CEO and the European Commission's president related to a COVID-19 vaccine development agreement, ruling the materials are irrelevant to a jurisdictional issue in the group's legal challenge to the pact in France.

  • March 08, 2024

    Justices Urged To Take Up 'Who Decides' Arbitration Question

    An international arbitration scholar has urged the U.S. Supreme Court to resolve whether a court or an arbitrator should decide a dispute's proper venue in cases involving nonsignatories to an arbitration agreement, an issue that's arisen in antitrust litigation over National Association of Realtor rules.

  • March 08, 2024

    DC Circ. Throws Out Victims' Claims Over Hamas Attack

    The D.C. Circuit on Friday vacated a lower court judgment regarding a married couple injured by a member of the Hamas militant group in Jerusalem, finding that the attack did not result in an "extrajudicial killing" that would give the court jurisdiction under U.S. law.

  • March 08, 2024

    Off The Bench: Dartmouth Union, Iowa Betting Case Folds

    In this week's Off The Bench, Dartmouth College men's basketball players vote to unionize over the school's objections, a probe into Iowa State University athletes' gambling activities fizzles amid warrantless search allegations, and a Wimbledon champion gets her doping suspension reduced. If you were on the sidelines over the past week, Law360 is here to clue you in on the biggest sports and betting stories that had our readers talking.

  • March 08, 2024

    Czech Republic Can Fight Part Of $350M Blood Plasma Award

    A London judge Friday allowed the Czech Republic to pursue some of its challenges to a $350 million award in favor of a blood plasma company, but blocked others in a decades-long complex arbitration dispute.

  • March 07, 2024

    $285M Panama Canal Case Must Be Reviewed, Justices Told

    A contractor enlisted on a multibillion-dollar project to widen the Panama Canal is urging the U.S. Supreme Court not to ignore an "open conflict" among lower courts over the vacatur standard for evident partiality, as the justices get ready to issue a certiorari decision that will likely come later this month.

  • March 07, 2024

    Southern Peaks Awarded $42.5M Over Peruvian Copper Deal

    Peruvian copper producer Southern Peaks Mining LP said it has won a multi-million-dollar arbitral award favoring its management subsidiary due to breaches of a sale and purchase agreement with Singaporean commodity trading company Trafigura Beheer BV over the acquisition of a mine.

  • March 07, 2024

    5th Circ. Affirms Arbitration In Hurricane Coverage Feud

    The Fifth Circuit has ordered the owner of a New Orleans luxury apartment and retail complex to arbitrate a dispute with its domestic surplus lines insurers over coverage for $7 million in hurricane damage, ruling that arbitration is permitted under a carveout in conflicting Louisiana state law.

  • March 07, 2024

    Peru's Telecom Co. Wants $168M Award Suit Tossed

    Peru's state-owned Programa Nacional de Telecomunicaciones has urged a D.C. federal court to set aside an entry of default in litigation to enforce $168 million in arbitral awards issued to a broadband provider, arguing that it has sovereign immunity and wasn't properly served.

  • March 06, 2024

    Exxon Kicks Off Arbitration Over Guyana Offshore Oil Project

    ExxonMobil has initiated arbitration in order to retain its right of first refusal over Hess Corp.'s stake in a lucrative oil block off Guyana's Atlantic coast, an Exxon spokesperson confirmed on Wednesday.

  • March 06, 2024

    Judge Won't Revisit Contempt Order In Gold Mine Control Suit

    A Colorado federal judge refused Tuesday to reconsider or amend his 2022 contempt order sanctioning mineral exploration company DynaResource in a decade-old arbitration dispute over control of a Mexican gold mine, finding that DynaResource's arguments are untimely and "at best" tangentially related to the arbitration award.

  • March 06, 2024

    Don't Get Too Comfy Before Trade Deal Review, Tai Says

    U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai on Wednesday cautioned the U.S., Mexico, and Canada not to get "too comfortable" ahead of approaching the first review of the nations' trade accord, saying some discomfort was needed to motivate them towards tackling global trade issues.

  • March 06, 2024

    Sidley Adds 11-Year Wiley Rein Leaders To DC Group

    Sidley Austin LLP has hired two members of Wiley Rein LLP's leadership, one of whom joins to help co-lead its global arbitration, trade and advocacy practice, the firm announced Wednesday.

  • March 06, 2024

    Wimbledon Champ Scores Significant Doping Ban Reduction

    Romanian professional tennis player Simona Halep has secured a victory in her appeal of a doping ban, with the Court of Arbitration for Sport reducing her period of ineligibility from four years to nine months because her violation was found to be unintentional.

  • March 05, 2024

    Chinese Movie Tycoon Slapped With Fees In $500M Award Suit

    A New York federal judge ordered an "impenitent" Chinese cinema magnate on Tuesday to reimburse three investors about $160,000 in attorney fees after he repeatedly ignored discovery orders issued in a case to enforce arbitral awards now worth more than $500 million against him.

  • March 05, 2024

    Oro Negro Bondholders Want Quinn Emanuel Sanctioned

    Bondholders in Mexican oil and gas company Perforadora Oro Negro asked a Florida judge on Tuesday to sanction Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP for continuing to represent the company's founders in a $30 million dispute despite a disqualification order.

  • March 05, 2024

    Colombia Fends Off Canadian Co.'s Claims In Mining Dispute

    Attorneys for the Republic of Colombia said Tuesday that the country has defeated an arbitration claim for more than $100 million lodged by a Canadian mining company after the country prohibited mining in the páramos, a rare, high-elevation ecosystem in the Andes.

  • March 05, 2024

    Ex-Russian Minister Renews Bid To Jail Deripaska In UK

    Former Russian minister Vladimir Chernukhin urged an appeals court Tuesday to revive his bid to jail his ex-business associate Oleg Deripaska for contempt of court, arguing an earlier judge was wrong to find than an agreement to preserve assets had not been breached.

  • March 04, 2024

    Panama Skirts $100M Claim Over Biofuel Regulations

    An international tribunal has tossed a $100 million claim accusing Panama of enacting regulatory changes that led to the shuttering of a biofuels company, ruling that a group of Italian investors could not prove they controlled the Panamanian company.

  • March 04, 2024

    EU Eyes Strategy For Exiting 'Outdated' Energy Treaty

    The European Commission has asked its 27 member states not to stand in the way of proposed reforms to a contested cross-border agreement that protects fossil fuel investments, saying the European Union's approval of the reforms would hasten the EU's departure from the pact.

  • March 04, 2024

    5th Circ. Says Hurricane Coverage Battle Must Be Arbitrated

    A Louisiana property owner and its eight domestic insurers must arbitrate the owner's claims that they mishandled and delayed paying its Hurricane Laura property damage claim in bad faith, the Fifth Circuit ruled Monday, reversing a district court's decision that found an arbitration provision at issue unenforceable.

  • March 04, 2024

    French Spinal Care Co. Can't Get €4.2M Award Enforced

    A Delaware judge has blocked the enforcement of a €4.2 million ($4.56 million) arbitral award issued in a dispute over failed plans for a French medical equipment company to expand into Colombia, ruling that the company misinterpreted an arbitration clause that referred to a nonexistent arbitral forum.

  • March 04, 2024

    Antibe Therapeutics To Pay Nuance $24M In Licensing Fight

    Canadian company Antibe Therapeutics Inc. said Monday it has lost its dispute in arbitration with Chinese firm Nuance Pharma Ltd. over a licensing deal for an anti-inflammatory drug, saying it has agreed to pay out $24 million as the license agreement is rescinded.

  • March 04, 2024

    Winston & Strawn Taps Jones Day Atty For Leadership Role

    Winston & Strawn LLP announced Monday that it has tapped a longtime partner from Jones Day in Houston to chair its infrastructure and projects global disputes group.

Expert Analysis

  • What Large Language Models Mean For Document Review

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    Courts often subject parties using technology assisted review to greater scrutiny than parties conducting linear, manual document review, so parties using large language models for document review should expect even more attention, along with a corresponding need for quality control and validation, say attorneys at Sidley.

  • UN Code Likely To Promote Good Arbitration Practices

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    The arbitrator code of conduct recently adopted by the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law should help reinforce standards of good practice and improve public perception of investor-state dispute settlement, though its effectiveness may be limited by the code's voluntary nature, say attorneys at Jenner & Block.

  • 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.

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