ATLANTA — A Georgia federal judge approved on Oct. 12 an amended forbearance agreement in a dispute between a Bermuda reinsurer and an insurer and administratively closed the case (TIG Insurance Co. v. Appalachian Reinsurance [Bermuda] Ltd., No. 17-02938, N.D. Ga.).
WASHINGTON, D.C. — A group of companies on Sept. 28 filed a petition for a writ of certiorari with the U.S. Supreme Court, seeking 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, 21 U.S.T. 2517 (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 District of Columbia federal judge on Oct. 10 issued a minute order granting a request by three investors to extend their time to reply to an opposition filed by a law firm to their motion for reconsideration of a decision that denied a request for discovery to be used in The Netherlands’ appeal of a ruling that vacated $50 billion in arbitral awards issued against the Russian Federation (Hulley Enterprises Ltd., et al., v. Baker Botts LLP, No. 17-1466, D. D.C.).
LONDON — The London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA) on Oct. 3 released its report on costs and duration analysis, reporting that its tribunal and administrative costs remain lower than other leading arbitral institutions.
ATHENS, Greece — A middle eastern shipbuilder on Oct. 5 announced that an international arbitral tribunal has awarded it 200 million Euros in an arbitration with the Hellenic Republic.
AUSTIN, Texas — A New Zealand reinsurer argues in a Sept. 12 reply brief that a Texas federal court should transfer venue or compel arbitration of a reinsurance agreement dispute with an insolvent insurer because a breach of contract claim is subject to an arbitration clause (Gramercy Insurance Co. v. Contractor’s Bonding Ltd., No. 17-723, W.D. Texas).
HOUSTON — After finding that none of a Ukrainian entity’s objections to an award issued in favor of a petroleum corporation by a Swedish arbitral tribunal applied, a Texas federal judge on Oct. 2 confirmed the $145.7 million award in the company’s favor (OJSC Ukrnafta v. Carpatsky Petroleum Corp., et al., No. 09-891, S.D. Texas, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 163064).
HAMBURG, Germany — The International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) on Oct. 2 announced that it has appointed a new president, vice president and five new tribunal members.
PARIS — A tribunal for the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) on Sept. 28 issued its award in a dispute over exploration rights, ordering the Republic of Kazakhstan to pay an international oil company $39.2 million in damages (Caratube International Oil Company LLP & Mr. Devincci Salah Hourani v. Republic of Kazakhstan, No. ARB/13/13, ICSID).
WASHINGTON, D.C. — After finding that a tribunal’s discontinuance of an arbitration case commenced by a Liechtenstein corporation against the Czech Republic Ministry of Health effectively nullified a $325 million award issued in its favor, a District of Columbia federal judge on Sept. 27 granted a motion filed by the ministry to dismiss the petition (Diag Human, S.E. v. Czech Republic Ministry of Health, No. 13-0355, D. D.C., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 158452).
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) on Sept. 26 constituted a tribunal in an arbitration commenced by a group of exploration entities against the Italian Republic, asserting claims for violation of the Energy Charter Treaty (ECT) (Rockhopper Italia S.p.A., Rockhopper Mediterranean Ltd, and Rockhopper Exploration Plc v. Italian Republic, No. ARB/17/14, ICSID).
SAN JOSE, Calif. — A California company on Sept. 26 gave updates on three arbitration cases commenced by its subsidiary with the International Chamber of Commerce’s International Court of Arbitration (ICC) against Toshiba Corp. in relation to disputes over flash-memory joint venture agreements and in which it seeks various injunctions prohibiting Toshiba from taking further actions.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Steptoe & Johnson on Sept. 19 announced that one of its lawyers has been appointed to serve on the International Centre for Settlement of Investments Disputes (ICSID) panel of arbitrators.
WASHINGTON, D.C.— The International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) on Sept. 15 announced that its chairman has appointed 20 designees to ICSID’s panels of arbitrators and conciliators.
HAMBURG, Germany — The International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) on Sept. 23 issued its final award in maritime boundary dispute between Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire, establishing specific coordinates for certain boundaries in the Atlantic Ocean and finding that Ghana did not violate the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) (Ghana v. Cote d'Ivoire, No. 23, ITLOS).
SAN JOSE, Calif. — A California digital company on Sept. 20 announced that its subsidiaries have filed a notice of international arbitration against Toshiba Corp. in relation to flash-memory drive joint ventures.
FORT MYERS, Fla. — A Florida federal judge on Sept. 19 refused to dismiss a Brazilian entity’s amended complaint in which it seeks to enforce a $14 million arbitral award, finding that the complaint was not barred by a three-year statute of limitations (Kozma Investmentos, Ltda. v. Edson Pereira Duda, et al., No. 2:17-cv-306, M.D. Fla., 2017 U.S. Dist., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 151781).
NEW YORK — The Second Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Sept. 18 affirmed a ruling in which a district court found that a motorman who was injured while working aboard a vessel must arbitrate his claims against his employer in the Philippines pursuant to his employment contract (Rodrigo R. Pagaduan v. Carnival Corporation, et al., No. 16-465, 2nd Cir., 2017 U.S. App. LEXIS 17981).
WASHINGTON, D.C. — A company on Sept. 11 filed a petition for writ of certiorari with the U.S. Supreme Court in relation to the confirmation of a $442 million arbitration award issued against it in a dispute over patent infringement, asking the court to review whether a federal court must independently determine if enforcement of an award under the United Nations Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards, 9 U.S.C. § 201 et seq., violates U.S. public policy (Dow Agrosciences LLC, et al. v. Bayer Cropscience NV, No. 17-372, U.S. Sup., 2017 U.S. S. Ct. Briefs LEXIS 3444).
ESPOO, Finland — Nokia Technologies on Sept. 18 announced that an international arbitral tribunal has issued a confidential award, resolving a dispute with an electronics company over a smartphone patent license.