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International Arbitration Newsletter - May 2017

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

On 1 March 2017 the UK Supreme Court1 overturned an order of the Court of Appeal and decided that Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) could not be required to provide monetary security as a condition for resisting...more

Business Divorce Nation: Five States, Five Cases

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

It’s true that the statutory and common-law rules at play in business divorce cases can vary widely from state to state. But it’s also true that court decisions in one state can influence courts in other states, and can...more

The Court Of Chancery Addresses Conflicting Forum And Arbitration Provisions In Related Contracts

by Morris James LLP on

The Court of Chancery often addresses the question of who, as between the Court and an arbitrator, should decide whether certain disputes are arbitrable. The analysis of this substantive arbitrability question is complicated...more

Court of Chancery Addresses Effect Of Carve-Outs On The Question Of Substantive Arbitrability

by Morris James LLP on

This case involves the overlap of an advancement dispute and the question of substantive arbitrability under Willie Gary. The two-part test of Willie Gary asks whether the parties (i) generally referred all disputes to...more

The Court of Chancery Sends Advancement Case To Arbitration

by Morris James LLP on

This is another instance of the Court of Chancery addressing the overlap of advancement and the question of substantive arbitrability under Willie Gary. Here, the Court explains that once Willie Gary’s two-part test is...more

Class Action Waivers in Employment Arbitration Agreements? Not as 'Fresh & Easy' as You Think

by Williams Mullen on

Many companies require their employees to sign employment agreements in which the employees agree that any claims they have against the company, including class action claims, will be decided only through private arbitration...more

New Test: Ontario Court Stayed Action in the Face of Broad Arbitration Agreement

In Haas v. Gunasekaram (Haas), the Court of Appeal for Ontario clarified the test for staying court proceedings under section 7(1) of the Ontario Arbitration Act and emphasized that courts should enforce arbitration...more

Russian arbitration reform

by White & Case LLP on

On 29 December 2015, the Russian President signed two laws – the Federal Law on Arbitration in the Russian Federation and Federal Law on Amendments to Certain Legislative Acts of the Russian Federation (together – the...more

Alberta Judge Finds Party in Contempt of Court, Ends Multi-Million Dollar Litigation Case

The Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench recently ended a complex, multi-million dollar litigation between Attila Dogan Construction and Installation Co. Inc. (AD) and AMEC Foster Wheeler Americas Limited (AMEC) regarding a...more

Fifth Circuit Rejects Misbehavior Challenge To Arbitration Award

by Carlton Fields on

Foundation Surgery Affiliate of Southwest Houston, LLC (“Southwest”), the owner of a surgical and imaging facility in Houston, entered into a purchase and sale agreement in 2008 with Rainier Capital Acquisitions, LP, which...more

Investment Treaty Arbitration: How Multinational Food and Beverage Companies Can Avoid Litigation in Foreign Courts

by King & Spalding on

Imagine a U.S.-based olive oil company that has established a subsidiary in Croatia — a Mediterranean country ideal for growing olives and processing their oil — for its supply and processing needs. Olive oil consumption has...more

Iran's World Court Case Against the United States May Impact Investment Arbitration

by BakerHostetler on

On June 14, 2016, the Islamic Republic of Iran sued the United States of America in the International Court of Justice (also known as the “World Court” or the “ICJ”) in the Hague, alleging that the U.S. government had...more

Brexit: Governing Law, Jurisdiction and Arbitration Clauses

by K&L Gates LLP on

On Thursday 23 June 2016, in a referendum on the UK’s continued membership of the EU, a majority of those polled voted to leave. As we commented in our note dated 24 June, the result “is expected to lead to a high degree of...more

Michigan Supreme Court Holds That Agency Principles Apply to Determining the Scope of an Arbitration Clause

by Dickinson Wright on

It is well established that whether a particular dispute falls within the scope of an arbitration clause depends on the language of the parties’ agreement. In the recent case of Altobelli v Hartmann, the Michigan Supreme...more

Business Litigation Reporter - June 2016

by Goodwin on

Goodwin Procter’s Business Litigation Reporter provides timely summaries of key cases and other developments within dedicated Business Litigation sessions and related courts throughout the country – courts within which...more

D.C. Circuit Further Restricts the Scope of Foreign Sovereign Liability for Acts of State-Owned Companies

by BakerHostetler on

Those doing business with foreign governments would be wise to adhere to the dictate of caveat venditor: seller beware. Cross-border “government” contracting often involves doing business not directly with the sovereign...more

Court Of Chancery Explains When To Not Enjoin Arbitration

by Morris James LLP on

This is another in a line of decisions that explains when the issue of arbitrability should be sent to the arbitrator to decide. ...more

Disputes come from two directions. Either a claim form or a letter threatening legal action lands on your desk, or you...

by DLA Piper on

Disputes come from two directions. Either a claim form or a letter threatening legal action lands on your desk, or you discover that you have a potential legal claim against a third party. When this happens, what are the most...more

New York Adopts Rules Permitting Practice of Law by Foreign-Admitted In-House Counsel and Attorneys Temporarily in New York

Effective December 30, 2015, in-house lawyers working in New York who are only admitted to practice outside the United States are no longer limited to serving as foreign law advisors, but registration is required within 90...more

California Court Confirms No Absolute Public Policy Against Non-Competes Entered into by Partners

by Weintraub Tobin on

California’s prohibition on non-competition agreements is less than absolute. For example, non-compete agreements may be enforced against partners or sellers of businesses. Additionally, in SingerLewak LLP v. Andrew Gantman...more

Compliance with pre-arbitration and pre-litigation notice procedures is critical to enforcing contractual rights: English High...

by Dechert LLP on

When a party to a contract wishes to sue, the contract may include specific procedures for giving notice to the counterparty in a prescribed way prior to the right to litigate or arbitrate in accordance with the contract...more

Petrobras Shareholders’ Brazilian-Law Claims Are Subject to Mandatory Arbitration Provision

The travails of Petrobras have generated a lot of attention – and litigation – in the past year. On July 30, 2015, District Judge Jed Rakoff, of the Southern District of New York, issued an opinion explaining his prior order...more

CorpCast Episode 6: A Brief Introduction to the Delaware Rapid Arbitration Act [Audio]

by Morris James LLP on

On May 2, 2015, the Delaware Rapid Arbitration Act (the “DRAA”) became effective. The DRAA is the second attempt by the State of Delaware to create a state-sponsored voluntary arbitration process. In Episode 6, we sit down...more

[Webinar] Controlling Where to Fight and Who Pays for it? – A Discussion of Recent Developments in Delaware Forum Selection and...

To address the continued problem of duplicitous stockholder strike suits, corporations have started to experiment with forum selection bylaws (which limit the jurisdictions in which stockholders may bring such suits) and fee...more

A is for…Arbitration: Can A Non-Signatory To A Contract Enforce An Arbitration Provision In That Contract?

by Butler Snow LLP on

A corporate client is engaged in arbitration with a third party pursuant to an arbitration provision in the contract between the parties. An executive signed the contract “on behalf of” the company, but did not sign the...more

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