LONDON — An English justice on May 24 refused to set aside the registration of an arbitral award worth 120 million euros against the Kingdom of Spain for harming two renewable energy investors’ investments, rejecting Spain’s sovereign immunity defense based on recent European Union judicial precedent prohibiting intra-EU arbitration and writing that the award must be enforced based on English legislation and stare decisis.
LONDON — An English judge denied a Djibouti state-owned port company’s application to set aside an arbitrator’s finding that it is still bound by a joint venture agreement with its Dubai-based former partner, writing that the applicant’s transfer of its ownership in the joint venture to the state does not moot the enforceability of the underlying arbitration agreement.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) published a U.S. asphalt company’s memorial on the merits of its claim that the Dominican Republic breached investment treaty obligations by terminating a contract with the company for delivery of millions of gallons of asphalt, writing that the government abruptly stopped payment in 2020 after a new administration came into power.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) has discontinued proceedings on an annulment application filed by a group of mining entities controlled by an Israeli billionaire that sought to challenge an award denying their claims for expropriation of a mining license against the Republic of Guinea but that failed to pay ICSID mandatory advance fees.
BOSTON — The First Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on May 19 addressed a question of first impression in ruling that a Puerto Rican recycling company’s claims against its foreign insurer must be arbitrated pursuant to the Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards (New York Convention).
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Supreme Court on May 22 denied a petition for a writ of certiorari filed by a Brazilian oil company and its U.S. subsidiary seeking review of the Texas Supreme Court’s ruling that their parties’ global settlement agreement with several former joint venture partners superseded a preexisting contract containing an arbitration agreement.
THE HAGUE, Netherlands — A group of Mexican share- and bondholders in Spain’s Banco Popular were defeated in their claims against the Kingdom of Spain for allegedly failing to prevent the bank’s collapse and the loss of their investments’ value, with a Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) tribunal ordering the claimants to pay Spain 7.9 million euros in attorney fees and arbitration costs.
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PHILADELPHIA — The Third Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals denied an emergency motion by six award-creditors to reconsider the court’s temporary administrative stay on enforcement of judgments in their favor collectively worth more than $2.7 billion against the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and its state-owned oil company Petróleos de Venezuela S.A. (PDVSA), as the creditors seek to join a planned auction of PDVSA’s assets in Delaware federal court.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — An International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) ad hoc committee rejected the Kingdom of Spain’s application to annul a more than 22 million euro arbitral award against it for breaching the Energy Charter Treaty (ECT) by rescinding legislative incentives that a German renewable energy investor relied on and ordered Spain to pay more than $331,000 in costs and more than 310,000 euros to cover the investor’s attorney fees.
LOS ANGELES — A California federal judge granted a Los Angeles-based company’s owner’s motion to compel arbitration in Singapore of claims brought against him by a Thai nitrile gloves manufacturer for failure to pay $4.7 million for gloves the Thai company manufactured and delivered to his company during the COVID-19 pandemic.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — A District of Columbia federal judge on May 15 adopted in full a magistrate judge’s report and recommendation and confirmed an International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) arbitral award worth more than $440 million against the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in favor of two Spanish entities whose investments in Venezuelan food companies were expropriated, rejecting Venezuela’s argument that its due process rights were violated.
SEATTLE —A foreign reinsurer on May 15 filed an opposition to an interlocal cooperative’s bid for leave to add allegations in a declaratory judgment case over reimbursement for defense and settlement of suits alleging sexual abuse; instead, the foreign reinsurer asks a Washington state federal court to render judgment on the pleadings.
BROOKLYN, N.Y. — A Second Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel affirmed the confirmation of an arbitral award worth more than 545,000 euros and 100,000 British pounds in favor of a Spanish insurer against a New York shipper, writing that while the shipper did not sign the underlying contract, it was still required to arbitrate under English law and was found liable by a London maritime tribunal.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) published a tribunal’s order granting the United States’ request for bifurcation of its objection that two Canadian pipeline companies can’t bring a claim against it for breaching the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) based on the termination of their license to operate a cross-border pipeline, which occurred after NAFTA expired.
SAN FRANCISCO — Three Delaware-based companies moved to intervene in two appeals before the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on behalf of their subsidiaries, three Mauritian shareholders seeking to enforce a $1.3 billion judgment against an Indian state-owned company for an arbitral dispute, writing that the shareholders were judicially seized in Mauritius.
PHILADELPHIA — The Third Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ordered a temporary administrative stay of six enforcement actions pending in Delaware federal court, all brought by arbitral award-creditors against the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and its state-owned oil company Petróleos de Venezuela S.A. (PDVSA), and expedited PDVSA’s appeal challenging the District Court’s ruling permitting the creditors to seek attachment of its assets at a planned auction.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — An International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) tribunal issued an order taking note of the discontinuance of an arbitral proceeding brought by Chilean and Costa Rican hydropower energy investors against the Republic of Costa Rica, weeks after the nation announced that it had entered into new electricity supply contracts with the investors.
NEW YORK — A New York federal magistrate judge on May 5 granted the Republic of Guatemala’s motion to compel discovery from an Israel energy investor against which default judgment was previously entered confirming a Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) award for arbitration costs and attorney fees now worth more than $2.3 million, writing that sanctions could be issued if it fails to comply.