International Arbitration

  • June 28, 2024

    Shearman Veteran To Step Down After 47 Years

    Allen Overy Shearman Sterling of counsel Henry Weisburg, an international arbitration specialist and veteran of Shearman & Sterling LLP for nearly five decades, will be stepping back from the firm on Monday in a move that he says will enable him to accept appointments as an arbitrator with fewer conflicts.

  • June 28, 2024

    Bank Shareholders Win $800K In Venezuelan Takeover Suit

    Shareholders in a small Miami bank won an $800,000 award Thursday after a federal jury found two of the five board members accused of working for the Venezuelan government liable for the bank's financial difficulties.

  • June 27, 2024

    DOJ Defends Transport Monopoly Charges In Antitrust Case

    Federal prosecutors have opposed an accused conspirator's bid to dismiss charges against him in an antitrust case claiming he's one of a dozen individuals who monopolized cross-border sales of used vehicles and other goods from the U.S. to Central America through violence.

  • June 27, 2024

    Texas Co. Says Mexican Utility's Award Should Stay Private

    An Austin-based infrastructure company has urged a Texas federal court to toss litigation filed by Mexico's state-owned electric company as the power utility looks to publicize an arbitration award between them over a natural gas supply contract, saying the award should remain under wraps.

  • June 27, 2024

    4th Circ. Dismisses Chinese Currency Issues In $3.6M Award

    The Fourth Circuit on Thursday shut down an argument that enforcing a $3.6 million Hong Kong arbitral award would violate U.S. public policy by allowing the winning party to skirt Chinese currency controls, in a dispute stemming from the organization of a real estate development firm.

  • June 26, 2024

    Construction Co. Targets Insurer Over $12.3M Arbitral Award

    A unit of Spanish infrastructure giant Ferrovial SA is urging a federal court to order Hudson Specialty Insurance Co. to pay a $12.3 million arbitral award that relates to a $1.35 billion project to construct sections of a central Texas highway that boast the nation's highest speed limit.

  • June 26, 2024

    Subway Franchisor Must Keep Paying Co. During Arbitration

    A New York federal judge has granted a development company's petition to confirm an arbitrator's order requiring the Subway sandwich chain's Canadian franchisor to continue making payments on their pact while they arbitrate a contractual dispute.

  • June 26, 2024

    Consultancy Broadstone Warns Insurers Of Geopolitical Risks

    Insurers could risk a reduction in business, higher claims frequency, and investment and operational losses due to the world's major geopolitical upheavals, a consultancy warned Wednesday.

  • June 25, 2024

    John Fogerty Aussie Music Festival Fight Sent To Arbitration

    An Australian judge has ordered an event management company to submit to arbitration in California to resolve a dispute with John Fogerty — the former lead singer of the 1960s and '70s rock band Creedence Clearwater Revival — over a soured deal to headline a music festival in Queensland.

  • June 25, 2024

    Court Finds Russia Responsible For Human Rights Violations

    An international court ruled unanimously Tuesday that Russia has committed human rights violations in Crimea following its 2014 invasion of the disputed peninsula by carrying out abductions, raids of private homes and other actions that contributed to a broader effort to stifle dissent.

  • June 25, 2024

    Texas Man Says Injury Claim Against Shell Can't Be Arbitrated

    A Texas man whose foot had to be amputated following an accident on a Nigerian offshore drilling rig is fighting a Shell subsidiary's bid to send the personal injury dispute to arbitration in the Netherlands, saying the company has been actively litigating the case for years.

  • June 25, 2024

    Snell & Wilmer Adds Kirkland IP Partner In DC

    A longtime Kirkland & Ellis LLP litigator has jumped to Snell & Wilmer LLP's intellectual property group in Washington, D.C., the firm announced Monday.

  • June 24, 2024

    9th Circ. Upholds Fine For Fake News In $18B Chevron Case

    The Ninth Circuit has affirmed a $268,000 fine against a Seattle attorney for filing a fake newspaper article as a court exhibit in an attempt to bolster his clients' efforts to enforce a nearly $18 billion arbitral award against Chevron.

  • June 24, 2024

    Miner Wins $9.6M In Royalty Fight With Colombia

    An international tribunal ordered Colombia to pay $9.56 million to a British mining and metals company following a dispute over royalties collected on a nickel mine, as the tribunal concluded that there had been "irregularities" in the way the country calculated the amount due.

  • June 24, 2024

    Justices Will Consider New Question In Holocaust Suit

    The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to again consider a long-running expropriation case brought by Holocaust survivors against Hungary, this time to resolve whether the historical commingling of assets is enough to establish that proceeds of seized property have a commercial nexus to the U.S.

  • June 21, 2024

    Insurer Targets Ex-Employee Over $47M Plant Financing Claim

    British insurance company Beazley has targeted a former employee in Florida federal court, accusing the former underwriter of exposing it to a $47 million arbitration claim in Brazil after he improperly inked a deal with a reinsurer as part of an ill-fated financing pact for a thermoelectric plant.

  • June 21, 2024

    Canadian Miner Now Seeking $408M In Mexico Claim

    Canadian mining company Silver Bull Resources Inc. says it has more than doubled the amount of damages it's seeking in arbitration against Mexico for failing to remove an alleged blockade at a silver and zinc mine in a northern part of the country to some $408 million.

  • June 21, 2024

    Russian Bank Founder Hit With Asset Freeze In $850M Claim

    A London judge froze the assets of the co-founder of a Russian bank in a hearing Friday, in the latest development of an $850 million fraud claim in which two Russian lenders are seeking to claw back allegedly embezzled funds.

  • June 20, 2024

    Panama Claims Immunity In Construction Firm's Countersuit

    Panama has urged a Florida federal court to reject a Miami businessman's countersuit alleging that a previous settlement bars the enforcement of a $4.8 million arbitral award against him and his construction firm, saying that it has immunity and that no such agreement existed.

  • June 20, 2024

    Study Shows Compliance With ICSID Damages Awards Is High

    Countries have voluntarily complied with or inked settlements in connection with the overwhelming majority of damages awards issued by the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes while voluntary compliance with costs awards has been somewhat more elusive, according to an ICSID study published this week.

  • June 20, 2024

    Zimbabwe Says $50M Mining Award Can't Be Enforced

    The Republic of Zimbabwe is urging the D.C. Circuit to overturn a ruling forcing it to face litigation to enforce a decade-old $50 million arbitral award stemming from a soured mining deal, arguing that a lower court mistakenly rejected its sovereign immunity defense.

  • June 20, 2024

    Former NY Bar President Joins Withers From Nixon Peabody

    A former New York State Bar Association president and veteran of the Empire State's commercial litigation scene has left his practice at Nixon Peabody LLP to join Withers as senior counsel, Withers announced Thursday.

  • June 18, 2024

    Legal Clinic Can't Weigh In On Motorcycle Co.'s Mexico Claim

    A Canadian appeals court has rejected a public interest legal clinic's request to opine on the test for procedural unfairness as U.S.-based Vento Motorcycles looks to revive its claim blaming Mexico for destroying its business by slapping what it says are unfair tariffs on its bikes.

  • June 18, 2024

    Panama Gov't Faces New Proceedings Over Canal Expansion

    The Panamanian government is facing two new arbitration proceedings brought by two shareholders of a contractor over efforts to expand the Panama Canal, according to a statement issued Monday by the Panama Canal Authority.

  • June 18, 2024

    Korean Airline Can't Get $50M Catering Award Nixed

    A California judge has enforced a $50 million arbitral award issued to a catering company following a dispute with South Korea's Asiana Airlines, rejecting an argument that the award couldn't be enforced because the underlying contract was tainted by corruption.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • Series

    Being An EMT Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    While some of my experiences as an emergency medical technician have been unusually painful and searing, the skills I’ve learned — such as triage, empathy and preparedness — are just as useful in my work as a restructuring lawyer, says Marshall Huebner at Davis Polk.

  • Decoding Arbitral Disputes: The Benefits Of Non-EU Venues

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    In Spain v. Triodos, a Swedish appeal court recently annulled an intra-EU investment treaty award, reinforcing a growing trend in the bloc against enforcing such awards, and highlighting the advantages of initiating enforcement proceedings in common law jurisdictions, such as the U.K., says Josep Galvez at 4-5 Gray's Inn Square.

  • Exploring An Alternative Model Of Litigation Finance

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    A new model of litigation finance, most aptly described as insurance-backed litigation funding, differs from traditional funding in two key ways, and the process of securing it involves three primary steps, say Bob Koneck, Christopher Le Neve Foster and Richard Butters at Atlantic Global Risk LLC.

  • Salvaging The Investor-State Arbitration System's Legitimacy

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    Recent developments in Europe and Ecuador highlight the vulnerability of the investor-state arbitration framework, but arbitrators can avert a crisis by relying on a poorly understood doctrine of fairness and equity, rather than law, to resolve the disputes before them, says Phillip Euell at Diaz Reus.

  • Series

    Teaching Yoga Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    Being a yoga instructor has helped me develop my confidence and authenticity, as well as stress management and people skills — all of which have crossed over into my career as an attorney, says Laura Gongaware at Clyde & Co.

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