PORTLAND — After finding that a producer of dried fruit and a seller of food processing equipment never agreed to submit disputes in relation to the sale and purchase of equipment to international arbitration, an Oregon federal judge on Dec. 5 entered an order granting an injunction in favor of the producer and refusing to compel arbitration in Vienna (Meduri Farms Inc. v. DutchTecSource B.V., No. 3:17-cv-906, D. Ore., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 199793).
SAN FRANCISCO — After finding that a valid arbitration agreement existed between companies in relation to an agreement for the use and sale of certain trademarks owned by Sharp Corp., a California federal judge on Dec. 5 compelled claims for fraud, rescission and violation of California’s unfair competition law (UCL) to arbitration in Singapore (Sharp Corp. v. Hisense USA Corporation, et al., No. 17-cv-03341, N.D. Calif., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 200102).
THE HAGUE, Netherlands — The Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) on Dec. 6 announced that it has held a hearing on the outstanding issues of liability, jurisdiction and admissibility in an arbitration commenced by a bank and a finance company against the Russian Federation (PJSC CB PrivatBank, et al. v. Russian Federation, No. 2015-21, PCA).
HONOLULU, Hawaii — The Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Nov. 30 affirmed a district court’s decision that denied a Korean corporation’s motion to compel an estate’s negligence claims related to the death of a seaman to arbitration in South Korea, finding that the corporation was not a signatory to the arbitral agreement in an underlying employment contract (Esther Margarita Limia Suarez Viuda De Yang, et al. v. Majestic Blue Fisheries LLC, et al., No. 15-16881, 9th Cir., 2017 U.S. App. LEXIS 24308).
HOUSTON — ConocoPhillips on Dec. 4 announced that the Republic of Ecuador and its subsidiary reached an agreement in relation to the payment of an international arbitral award (Burlington Resources Inc., et al. v. Republic of Ecuador, No. ARB/08/5, ICSID).
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Supreme Court on Dec. 4 denied a petition for writ of certiorari that sought review of a district court’s order confirming a $422 million award international arbitral award issued in a patent infringement case (Dow Agrosciences LLC, et al. v. Bayer Cropscience NV, No. 17-372, U.S. Sup.).
WASHINGTON, D.C. — In a majority ruling, a tribunal for the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) on Dec. 1 released its award in favor of a Canadian mining company for $24,223,775, plus interest, in damages for the expropriation of its mining investment in the Republic of Peru (Bear Creek Mining Corp. v. Republic of Peru, No. ARB/14/21, ICSID).
NEW YORK — A New York federal judge on Nov. 29 granted a motion filed by a group of nonprofit organizations to stay a case related to mining rights in Guinea, pending the outcome of an international arbitration case commenced by a group of resource companies against Guinea (BSG Resources [Guinea] Limited, et al. v. George Soros, et al., No. 17-2726, S.D. N.Y., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 196141).
By Thomas Yates and Tony Hewitt
SINGAPORE — After a recent decision in which a tribunal for the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) clarified that it will consider new claims asserted by a gaming industry investor regarding the nonrecognition of a Singapore arbitral award against a third party, the tribunal on Nov. 27 issued a revised time schedule and a new hearing date for all issues in the case (Lao Holdings N.V. v. Lao People's Democratic Republic, No. ARB[AF/16/2], ICSID).
By Laura A. Frase
By Louis A. Russo and Oliver E. Twaddell
LOS ANGELES — Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp (MSK) announced Oct. 13 that a new partner was elected to the firm’s international dispute practice in Washington, D.C.
LOS ANGELES — After finding that an agreement to arbitrate an employment dispute in Hong Kong involved a forum that is no longer available, a California federal judge on Nov. 17 refused to compel arbitration of the dispute (Alexander Mirza v. Cachet Hotel Group Limited Cayman L.P., et al., No. 2:17-CV-07140, C.D. Calif., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 190833).
By Matthew Slater, Inna Rozenberg, and Richard Freeman
HOUSTON — A Texas oil and gas exploration and production company on Nov. 17 said that enforcement proceedings to confirm a $2,026,126.32 international arbitral award have been completed and that it will receive payment of the total award.
OAKLAND, Calif. — A California federal judge on Nov. 14 granted a Bulgarian machine-building company’s petition to confirm a $2,119,167.79 international arbitral award issued against a California company, finding that enforcement of the award was not against public policy (TMCO Ltd. v. Green Light Energy Solutions R&D Corp., No. 4:17-cv-00997, N.D. Calif., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 188362).
WASHINGTON, D.C. — A Brazilian group of companies on Nov. 1 filed their response to a petition for writ of certiorari in the U.S. Supreme Court, in which the petitioner seeks review of whether an international arbitral award can be enforced against a nonparty pursuant to the New York Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards (Amci Holdings Inc., et al. v. CBF Industria De Gusa S/A, et al., No. 17-481, U.S. Sup., 2017 U.S. S. Ct. Briefs LEXIS 3779).
WASHINGTON, D.C. — A Japanese electronics company on Nov. 13 filed a notice of appeal to the District of Columbia Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals of a judge’s finding that a Chinese manufacturer of televisions lacked sufficient contacts to the District of Columbia to maintain a federal lawsuit there and denial of the company’s request for a declaration that a gag order issued by a Singapore arbitral tribunal was unenforceable (Sharp Corp., et al. v. Hisense USA Corp., et al., No. 17-1648, D. D.C., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 186686).
NEW YORK — After recent appeals court rulings in which panels reversed district court judgments granting ex parte petitions for failure to comply with the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act of 1976 (FSIA), a New York federal judge on Nov. 13 reversed his previous ruling confirming a $146,079,996 award issued against the Kingdom of Spain (Eiser Infrastructure, et al. v. Kingdom of Spain, No. 17-3808, S.D. N.Y.).