International Arbitration

  • June 12, 2024

    Uniper Claims €13B Win In Gazprom Gas Supply Fight

    German energy company Uniper said Wednesday that it has been awarded more than €13 billion ($14 billion) by a Swedish arbitration tribunal after the Russian government-controlled natural gas giant Gazprom cut off gas deliveries in mid-2022.

  • June 12, 2024

    Russia Says $208M Ukrainian Utility Award Can't Be Enforced

    Russia has asked a D.C. federal court not to enforce a nearly $208 million arbitral award issued to a Ukrainian electric utility after the Kremlin seized its Crimean assets, saying the arbitration in the underlying dispute was invalid.

  • June 12, 2024

    11th Circ. Could Revive Venezuela Chemical Co. Seizure Suit

    An Eleventh Circuit panel appeared open to reviving a lawsuit accusing Venezuela of unlawfully seizing a chemical company amid allegedly trumped-up criminal drug charges, as the judges spent much of a hearing on Wednesday questioning why a critical witness was barred from testifying.

  • June 11, 2024

    St. Kitts Electric Co. Claims Win In $2.7M ICC Arbitration

    St. Kitts Electricity Company Ltd. has announced its successful defense of an approximately $2.7 million international arbitration brought against it by Pure Energy Solutions Ltd., saying an arbitrator decided it didn't breach the two companies' fuel supply agreement.

  • June 11, 2024

    Judge Won't Certify Class In Trafficked Cuban Property Suit

    A Florida federal judge said Tuesday he would not certify a class of U.S. nationals with claims to hotel properties seized by the communist Cuban government in their suit against Expedia Group Inc., saying there were too many individual issues in the suit that predominate over the common issues.

  • June 11, 2024

    Brazilian Energy Co. Gets $73M ICC Award OK'd

    A Manhattan federal court has confirmed a $73 million arbitration award granted to a Brazilian renewable energy company that claimed a Chinese solar cell manufacturer had refused to deliver an order of photovoltaic cells the two companies had agreed upon.

  • June 11, 2024

    Widow Who Signed Docs 'Without Reading' Still Owes $64M

    A London appellate court has ruled that a former Hong Kong resident can't escape a personal guarantee to pay 500 million Hong Kong dollars ($64 million) to cover bonds issued by her husband's company, in part because she entered the contract for business purposes.

  • June 10, 2024

    Pork Producers Look To Put A Fork In Price-Fixing Claims

    Pork producers accused of colluding to diminish supply and inflate prices in sprawling multidistrict litigation have urged a Minnesota federal court to toss all remaining buyers' claims against them, saying statistical reports they use are lawful and their accusers' complaints are untimely.

  • June 10, 2024

    Bankrupt UpHealth Warned Of Criminal Charges In India

    A court in India said it has received a criminal charge sheet issued by an investigative governmental agency in Calcutta against bankrupt American healthcare company UpHealth, targeting it and executives over accusations that they conspired to defraud a local healthcare system.

  • June 10, 2024

    US Treasury Targets Houthi Maritime Smuggling Network

    The U.S. Department of the Treasury added 10 entries to its sanctions blacklist Monday, including designations for crew members and purported document forgers linked to an Iran-based financier the agency views as a leading enabler of Yemen's Houthi rebels.

  • June 07, 2024

    Swiss Investor Leaves Ring In $3M Suit Over Boxing Match

    A California federal judge has dismissed claims by an event organizer against a Switzerland-based investment firm over the financing of a pay-per-view boxing match, deciding it wasn't a party to the approximately $3 million contract dispute, and the organizer misinterpreted its funding role.

  • June 07, 2024

    Derains & Gharavi Hires Int'l Arbitration Counsel In Paris

    Derains & Gharavi, a law firm in Paris that focuses on resolving international disputes via arbitral proceedings, has hired a lawyer who previously worked within the litigation and arbitration team at Bredin Prat SAS.

  • June 07, 2024

    3 IPEF Agreements Done, But Still No Sign Of Trade Pillar

    Three of the four "pillars" of the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework for Prosperity and the initiative's overarching agreement are now complete, the U.S. Department of Commerce has announced, but there's still no timeline for finishing the deal's trade pillar

  • June 07, 2024

    Swiss Finance Watchdog Issues New Cyber Warnings

    Switzerland's financial markets regulator issued new guidance for all regulated firms on Friday, telling them how to manage cyber risks after finding that many are failing to take the right steps to prevent attacks, including those against the service providers they use.

  • June 07, 2024

    Bird & Bird London Arbitration Chief Floats New Solo Practice

    The head of international arbitration at Bird & Bird LLP in London has left his job and set up a solo practice in a move to focus on the types of arbitration he enjoys without the shackles of a big firm.

  • June 06, 2024

    La. Commercial Property Co. Settles Storm Insurance Dispute

    A Louisiana federal judge has dismissed a commercial property owner's coverage fight over windstorm damage after the company settled in arbitration with a group of 10 insurers.

  • June 06, 2024

    Transport Monopoly Indictment Is Deficient, Accused Says

    One of 12 individuals who U.S. federal prosecutors claim conspired to monopolize cross-border sales of used vehicles and other goods from the U.S. to Central America using violence has moved to dismiss antitrust charges, saying prosecutors omitted elements of an indictable offense.

  • June 06, 2024

    AI Co. UiPath's $70M Award Over Chinese Code Theft OK'd

    A New York federal judge has affirmed an unopposed $70 million arbitration award in favor of U.S. artificial intelligence software and robotic process automation company UiPath against a China-based competitor over allegedly stolen source code.

  • June 06, 2024

    'Brussels Effect' Of EU's AI Act Is Uncertain, Legal Pros Say

    BigLaw attorneys advising international clients on the European Union's AI Act tell Law360 there are significant uncertainties over vague terms in the 458-page statute, how its steep eight-figure fines will be enforced, and whether it will set a new standard globally as part of the "Brussels effect."

  • June 05, 2024

    Bank Shareholders Say Venezuelan Takeover Cost Them $27M

    Shareholders in a small Miami bank told jurors Wednesday that board members working for the Venezuelan government had taken control of the bank and cost shareholders $27 million by engaging with the sanctioned Venezuelan government.

  • June 05, 2024

    9th Circ. Won't Review Cathay Pacific Ticket Refund Fight

    The Ninth Circuit on Wednesday refused to reconsider its decision ordering a couple who were left stranded in the Philippines during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic to arbitrate their breach of contract dispute with Cathay Pacific Airways under their contract with a third-party booking site.

  • June 05, 2024

    Water Co. Settles Project Dispute With Mexico For $36M

    A Cayman Islands company that specializes in water supply and treatment plants said it has settled its dispute with Mexico over a terminated project to construct a desalination plant and will sell the land on which the plant was to be built for approximately $36 million.

  • June 05, 2024

    Chamber Says New Docs Show Transparency Issues At USTR

    The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is expressing transparency concerns about certain policy decisions after documents provided under the Freedom of Information Act revealed that Biden trade officials are utilizing a "deferential and highly coordinated approach" in their relationship with Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass.

  • June 05, 2024

    Cannabis Co. Protests $4M Award, Asserting Arbitrator Error

    Cannabis company Neptune Wellness Solutions Inc. urged a New York federal court Tuesday to upend a nearly $4 million arbitration award to an entrepreneur whose business merged with the Canadian company, asserting that the winnings, specifically attorney fees, should have been reduced by 98%.

  • June 05, 2024

    Alston & Bird Hires 2 Arbitration Pros In London

    Alston & Bird LLP has recruited two specialists in international arbitration from a law firm in Dubai in a move to strengthen its capabilities in commercial and construction disputes as well as investor-state cases.

Expert Analysis

  • Litigation Inspiration: Attys Can Be Heroic Like Olympians

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    Although litigation won’t earn anyone an Olympic medal in Paris this summer, it can be worthy of the same lasting honor if attorneys exercise focused restraint — seeking both their clients’ interests and those of the court — instead of merely pursuing every advantage short of sanctionable conduct, says Bennett Rawicki at Hilgers Graben.

  • Lean Into The 'Great Restoration' To Retain Legal Talent

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    As the “great resignation,” in which employees voluntarily left their jobs in droves, has largely dissipated, legal employers should now work toward the idea of a “great restoration,” adopting strategies to effectively hire, onboard and retain top legal talent, says Molly McGrath at Hiring & Empowering Solutions.

  • CPR Proposal Affirms The Emphasis On Early Mediation

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    While the recent proposal to incorporate mandatory alternative dispute resolution into the Civil Procedure Rules following a 2023 appeal decision would not lead to seismic change, given current practice, it signals a shift in how litigation should be pursued toward out-of-court solutions, say Heather Welham and Cyra Roshan at Foot Anstey.

  • Abu Dhabi Ruling Hints At More Arbitration-Friendly Approach

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    The international and comparative rationale an Abu Dhabi onshore court used to decide that an arbitration agreement referencing a defunct arbitration center was still enforceable suggests that the UAE judiciary may be adopting a more flexible, pro-arbitration framework and stabilizing Dubai's arbitration landscape, say attorneys at Reed Smith.

  • Series

    Fishing Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    Atop the list of ways fishing makes me a better lawyer is the relief it offers from the chronic stress of a demanding caseload, but it has also improved my listening skills and patience, and has served as an exceptional setting for building earnest relationships, says Steven DeGeorge​​​​​​​ at Robinson Bradshaw.

  • A Healthier Legal Industry Starts With Emotional Intelligence

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    The legal profession has long been plagued by high rates of mental health issues, in part due to attorneys’ early training and broader societal stereotypes — but developing one’s emotional intelligence is one way to foster positive change, collectively and individually, says attorney Esperanza Franco.

  • To Make Your Legal Writing Clear, Emulate A Master Chef

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    To deliver clear and effective written advocacy, lawyers should follow the model of a fine dining chef — seasoning a foundation of pure facts with punchy descriptors, spicing it up with analogies, refining the recipe and trimming the fat — thus catering to a sophisticated audience of decision-makers, says Reuben Guttman at Guttman Buschner.

  • Circuit Judge Writes An Opinion, AI Helps: What Now?

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    Last week's Eleventh Circuit opinion in Snell v. United Specialty Insurance, notable for a concurrence outlining the use of artificial intelligence to evaluate a term's common meaning, is hopefully the first step toward developing a coherent basis for the judiciary's generative AI use, says David Zaslowsky at Baker McKenzie.

  • 3 Recent Decisions To Note As Climate Litigation Heats Up

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    Three recent rulings on climate-related issues — from a New York federal court, a New York state court and an international tribunal, respectively — demonstrate both regulators' concern about climate change and the complexity of conflicting regulations in different jurisdictions, say J. Michael Showalter and Robert Middleton at ArentFox Schiff.

  • Perspectives

    Trauma-Informed Legal Approaches For Pro Bono Attorneys

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    As National Trauma Awareness Month ends, pro bono attorneys should nevertheless continue to acknowledge the mental and physical effects of trauma, allowing them to better represent clients, and protect themselves from compassion fatigue and burnout, say Katherine Cronin at Stinson and Katharine Manning at Blackbird.

  • 4 Arbitration Takeaways From High Court Coinbase Ruling

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    The U.S. Supreme Court's May 23 decision in Coinbase v. Suski, which provides clarity to parties faced with successive contracts containing conflicting dispute resolution provisions, has four practical impacts for contracting parties to consider, say Charles Schoenwetter and Eric Olson at Bowman and Brooke.

  • Series

    Playing Music Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    My deep and passionate involvement in playing, writing and producing music equipped me with skills — like creativity, improvisation and problem-solving — that contribute to the success of my legal career, says attorney Kenneth Greene.

  • How Attys Can Avoid Pitfalls When Withdrawing From A Case

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    The Trump campaign's recent scuffle over its bid to replace its counsel in a pregnancy retaliation suit offers a chance to remind attorneys that many troubles inherent in withdrawing from a case can be mitigated or entirely avoided by communicating with clients openly and frequently, says Christopher Konneker at Orsinger Nelson.

  • Using A Children's Book Approach In Firm Marketing Content

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    From “The Giving Tree” to “Where the Wild Things Are,” most children’s books are easy to remember because they use simple words and numbers to tell stories with a human impact — a formula law firms should emulate in their marketing content to stay front of mind for potential clients, says Seema Desai Maglio at The Found Word.

  • 2nd Circ. Ruling Affirms NY Law's Creditor-Friendly Approach

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    The Second Circuit’s recent ruling in 245 Park Member v. HNA International provides creditors with some reason for optimism that debtors in New York may face rejection in court for aiming to keep creditors at arm’s length by transferring personal assets into an LLC, says Jeff Newton at Omni Bridgeway.

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