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The Asia-Pacific Arbitration Review - 2018

by WilmerHale on

The Asia-Pacific region has seen a surge in the use of arbitration in recent years. Although it is difficult to draw general conclusions about a large and incredibly diverse geographical region that stretches from French...more

[Webinar] Help from the Dark Side: A Litigator’s Perspective on Commercial Real Estate Issues - June 22nd, 12:00pm CT

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

The presentation will focus on three key legal issues, ADR, Liquidated Damages, and Letter of Intent. These issues should be considered well in advance when contemplating a possible real estate transaction as they can lead...more

Three Things to Consider Before Terminating Your Construction Contract

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

The design and construction process is extraordinarily complex, and it rarely proceeds as planned and almost never conforms strictly to the contract documents. These documents often include hundreds of pages of general and...more

California Supreme Court Adds To Line Of Cases Narrowly Applying The Right To Recover Attorneys’ Fees Under Civil Code Section...

by Weintraub Tobin on

Despite increasing sophistication amongst contracting parties and evermore common use of attorney fee clauses, the “American Rule” endures. The American Rule is that each side pays its own attorney fees in litigation, win or...more

Capacity of state to contract

by Allen & Overy LLP on

A political battle between Russia and Ukraine has ended up before the English courts, in the context of a dispute over repayment of Eurobonds issued by Ukraine. The decision in The Law Debenture Trust Corporation plc v...more

Renegotiation clause in long-term contract – what if parties cannot agree?

by Allen & Overy LLP on

A long-term licence agreement provided that if the parties could not agree on changes to the contract to reflect a major change in circumstances the matter would be referred to an arbitrator who would decide the new terms....more

Arbitration at your option: So long as you have agreed to it - A case study of Wilson Taylor Asia Pacific Pte Ltd v Dyna-Jet Pte...

by Dentons on

The recent Singapore Court of Appeal judgment in Wilson Taylor Asia Pacific Pte Ltd v Dyna-Jet Pte Ltd discusses the legal implications of an arbitration agreement of an asymmetrical nature. Such an arbitration agreement is...more

Implying terms of due diligence and when time is of the essence in construction contracts - A case study of CAA Technologies Pte...

by Dentons on

In CAA Technologies Pte Ltd v Newcon Builders Pte Ltd [2016] SGHC 246, the Singapore High Court held that it could be appropriate to imply a term requiring contractors to perform their obligations with due diligence and...more

High Court to review availability of judicial review of adjudication determinations

by Dentons on

Judicial review of adjudication determinations - In our earlier update concerning the decisions in Southern Han1 and Shade Systems2 we noted the NSW Court of Appeal decision in Shade Systems was under appeal to the High...more

The Singapore High Court clarifies the scope of adjudication review

by Dentons on

For the first time, a Singapore court considered the question of the scope of an adjudication review under the Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Act (Cap 30B, 2006 Rev Ed) (the Act). In Ang Cheng Guan...more

Construction Alert: "When Is It Cool Not to Pay? Fridge Dispute at Texas Supreme Court Addresses Prior Material Breach Doctrine"

by Porter Hedges LLP on

The Texas Supreme Court recently issued an opinion that could impact the next construction project where multiple parties complain about who breached (and who breached first) and whether the parties must continue performing...more

When Is the Contractor’s Termination for Default Proper? When It Does Bad Things

by Burr & Forman on

Sometimes you “do” bad things. Sometimes you “look like” you do bad things. Just look at the difference between Bad-boy Jack and my youngest daughter, Haven, who just “looks like” she’s up to no good. In the world of...more

Supreme Court confirms that both commercial common sense and the natural meaning of the words matter in contractual interpretation

by Allen & Overy LLP on

In Wood v Capita Insurance Services Ltd [2017] UKSC 24, the Supreme Court again examined the principles of contractual interpretation. In Arnold v Britton the Supreme Court had cautioned against commercial common sense...more

Reasonable endeavours and whether contract requirement was ‘futile’

by Allen & Overy LLP on

In Astor Management AG & anr v Atalaya Mining PLC & ors [2017] EWHC 425 (Comm) the High Court found that even arguably pointless contractual provisions must be met in the context of a condition precedent to payment of...more

Is your letter of intent a patchwork of provisions?

by Dentons on

Lawyers will generally recommend that you agree and sign a formal contract before starting work on site. That said, despite good intentions, commercial necessity often requires parties to start the works before finalising the...more

When does a disagreement become a dispute?

by Hogan Lovells on

Large construction projects provide significant scope for disputes of various types to arise between contractors and employers. An essential aspect to resolving the parties' disagreements, both in the course of executing the...more

New French Civil Code: Protecting the Weaker Contracting Party

by Reed Smith on

This is our fourth client alert on the new French contract law provisions applicable to French law governed contracts concluded after 1 October 2016. In our previous client alerts, we outlined this legal revolution in...more

Word Games Aside … an agreement to settle is an agreement to settle

by Butler Snow LLP on

The Tennessee Court of Appeals refused to let a litigant weasel out of a negotiated and binding agreement to settle disputed claims. Tim Grace v. Jeanna Grace d/b/a Grace Trucking, Case No. W2016-00650-COA-Re-CV (11/29/16)....more

Canadian Mining Company Strikes Gold in US Court

by WilmerHale on

Arbitration analysis: Steven Finizio and Manuel Casas at WilmerHale, consider the US District Court’s decision in Crystallex v Venezuela to uphold the $1.2bn damages award and suggest that the case reaffirms the deferential...more

Rebalancing the Law on Asymmetric Jurisdiction Clauses

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

The English High Court has held that asymmetric jurisdiction clauses are exclusive jurisdiction clauses for the purposes of the Recast Brussels Regulation (the Recast Regulation). Where claims are issued by disputing...more

Adjudication case review: challenging an adjudicator's jurisdiction

by Dentons on

Adjudication case review: recent adjudication enforcement decisions - While disputes referred to adjudication have become increasingly complex, the fundamental principles remain largely unchanged – an adjudicator's...more

$1.2 Million Dispute Between West Mountain Environmental and the Shanghai Hehui Environmental Technology

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: An environmental remediation technologies company is in the midst of litigation in Chinese courts over a $1.2 million contract to provide its technology to a Chinese company. According to the Chinese...more

Appellate Group News: 2016 Year In Review

by Murtha Cullina on

The Appellate Practice Group of Murtha Cullina is regularly trusted to handle appeals by trial counsel within and outside the firm, as well as individuals and institutional clients. We are grateful for these opportunities and...more

Contract Barred Recovery of Lost Productivity Damages Suffered by Contractor

Construction projects are no stranger to delays and the inevitable resulting disputes. To allocate such risks, parties frequently include no damage for delay causes in their contracts. These provisions commonly provide that...more

Was it a Mineral Deed or an Oil and Gas Lease?

by Gray Reed & McGraw on

How to distinguish an oil and gas lease from a mineral deed? In Richardson v. Mills, it was a deed when the instrument uses words like “forever” and imposes no duty to explore for and develop minerals....more

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