MIAMI — A Florida federal judge on June 18 refused to vacate an award issued pursuant to the International Chamber of Commerce’s (ICC) rules in a dispute over the construction of locks for the Panama Canal and granted a petition to confirm the $22 million award issued for a Panamanian entity that was created to operate the canal (Grupo Unidos Por El Canal, S.A., et al. v. Autoridad del Canal de Panama, No. 17-23996, S.D. Fla., 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 102695).
LOS ANGELES — A California federal judge on June 18 granted a petition to confirm a $5,470,786.47 arbitral award issued by a tribunal in Shanghai, holding that the tribunal did not exceed the scope of the issues in the arbitration and that the award did not violate Chinese law (Liu Luwei et al v. Phyto Tech Corp., 2:18cv2174, C.D. Calif.).
LONDON — An English appeals panel on June 19 denied an appeal filed by the Republic of Kazakhstan and its national bank, holding that the Bank of New York Mellon SA/NV can freeze $22.6 billion held in Kazakhstan’s national fund in relation to an attempt by investors to obtain payment of a $497,685,101 arbitral award (National Bank of Kazakhstan, et al. v. The Bank of New York Mellon SA/NV, No.  EWCA 1390, England and Wales High, Comm.).
WASHINGTON, D.C. — A District of Columbia federal judge on June 11 issued an order requesting information from the U.S. Department of State on whether it has ever received a “verbal note” from the government of Romania that it will accept service only pursuant to the Hague Convention on the Service Abroad of Judicial and Extrajudicial Documents in Civil and Commercial Matters (Hague Convention on Service) through diplomatic channels and not from another litigant (Ioan Micula, et al. v. Government of Romania, No. 17-cv-02332, D. D.C.).
NEW YORK — A New York federal judge on June 15 refused to grant a motion filed by a group of mining entities to dismiss a petition to confirm a $48,053,462 arbitral award issued by the International Chamber of Commerce’s (ICC) International Court of Arbitration in favor of a group of Brazilian companies, holding that the companies sufficiently alleged that the entities were attempting to avoid their obligations under contract for the sale of pig iron by making sure a related entity was judgment proof (CBF Industria De Gusa S/A, et al. v. Amci Holdings Inc., et al., No. 13 Civ. 2581, S.D. N.Y., 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 100781).
STOCKHOLM, Sweden — Gazprom of Russia on June 15 announced that a Swedish court has granted its request to suspend the enforcement of a $2.6 billion arbitration award issued in a dispute over a contract for gas transit.
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WASHINGTON, D.C. — Two companies from Portugal and Luxembourg on June 8 filed a petition in a District of Columbia federal court to confirm a $233,975,416 arbitral award issued in their favor and against the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela by the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) (Tenaris S.A, et al. v. Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, No. 1:18-cv-01373, D. D.C.).
WASHINGTON, D.C. — A District of Columbia federal judge on June 7 refused to confirm a Malaysian arbitral award issued against the government of India and its Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas, finding that enforcing specific performance of a part of the award, which would require India to allow the company to regain access to a geographic block to determine the viability of a reserve of natural gas there, would violate U.S. public policy (Hardy Exploration & Production [India] Inc. v. Government of India, et al., No. 16-140, D. D.C., 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 95965).
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Ghana on June 5 filed its opposition in a District of Columbia federal court to a request made by two energy firms seeking an order allowing them to begin attachment and enforcement efforts to obtain payment of a $11.75 million international arbitral award, arguing that they are not authorized to begin attachment efforts and that they have not identified the specific assets they seek to attach (Balkan Energy Limited, et al. v. Ghana, No. 1:17-cv-00584, D. D.C.).
STOCKHOLM, Sweden — The national oil and gas company of Ukraine on June 5 said a Dutch court has granted its petition to attach the assets of a Russian gas company’s shares in its subsidiaries in an attempt to satisfy payment of a $2.6 billion arbitral award.
MIAMI — After finding no basis for vacating a $14,829,243 arbitral award issued for an Australian environmental services firm, a Florida federal judge on May 23 confirmed the award and denied a motion to vacate filed by shareholders in an Ecuadorian engineering consulting services company (Cardno International Pty Ltd., et al. v. Carlos Diego Fernando, et al., No. 17-23964, S.D. Fla.).
MIAMI — After finding that an investor in a wine distribution company’s service in Brazil was proper and that no exceptions to enforcement of a Chilean arbitral award existed, a Florida federal judge on June 1 granted a Delaware company’s petition to confirm the award issued in its favor and against a shareholder in a dispute over a share purchase agreement (EGI-VSR, LLC v. Juan Carlos Celestino Coderch Mitjans, No. 15-20098, S.D. Fla., 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 92714).
VIENNA — The Energy Community Secretariat’s Dispute Resolution Centre (EDRC) and the Vienna International Arbitral Centre (VIAC) announced June 2 that they have reached a cooperation agreement for dispute resolution.
NEW YORK — A gold mining company on May 29 filed a petition in a New York federal court, seeking to confirm an arbitral award issued in its favor in relation to an agreement for ownership of companies with gold mining rights in Chile (Global Gold Corporation v. Amarant Mining Ltd., et al., No. 7:18-cv-04723, S.D. N.Y.).
CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. — After finding that a New York company’s defenses to enforcement of an arbitral award lacked merit, a New York federal judge on May 30 granted a petition to confirm filed by a Chinese seller of dietary supplements (Tianjin Port Free Trade Zone International Trade Service Co., Ltd. v. Tiancheng Chempharm Inc., No. 17-CV-4130, E.D. N.Y., 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 90106).
LONDON — The London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA) on May 30 said that several arbitrators have left the court after serving their term and that three new arbitrators were recently appointed.
Washington, D.C. — Energy firms on May 22 moved a District of Columbia federal court for an order allowing them to begin attachment and enforcement efforts in an attempt to satisfy payment of a $11.75 million award issued by the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) against Ghana (Balkan Energy Limited, et al. v. Ghana, No. 1:17-cv-00584, D. D.C.).
SINGAPORE — The Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) on May 8 announced that it has appointed a new vice president.