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German court upholds cancer treatment award

A Taiwanese pharmaceuticals company has failed to overturn an award in a billion-euro ICC dispute over a blood cancer drug based on allegations it was not allowed to fully defend itself.

29 March 2021

China sanctions Essex Court Chambers

UPDATED. China has imposed sanctions on Essex Court Chambers after a team of barristers issued a legal opinion suggesting the state’s treatment of Uighur Muslims amounts to crimes against humanity and genocide – raising questions over what this will mean for various high profile arbitration practitioners.

26 March 2021

French court says PCA lacked power to intervene in OIC case

The Paris Court of Appeal has ruled that the Permanent Court of Arbitration had no authority to assist in the appointment of a tribunal to hear a US$525 million claim against Libya after the Organization of Islamic Cooperation refused to appoint an arbitrator on the state’s behalf.

26 March 2021

Singapore court sides with LCIA panel on forced joinder

The Singapore High Court has said an LCIA tribunal was right to refuse to join a third party to a dispute over a real estate venture, finding that it had not consented to the joinder simply by being a signatory to the same arbitration agreement.

26 March 2021

Nordic companies seek diversity in law firms

Nordic companies consider diversity far more when choosing external counsel than when appointing arbitrators, a survey by Roschier has found, while Denmark and Finland sharply divide on whether diversity has any inherent value.

26 March 2021

Insurer on the hook for pollution award, court says

A US court has upheld an UNCITRAL award that ordered a German insurer to cover nearly US$44 million in settlements reached by Houston-based energy company Phillips 66 to resolve lawsuits over pollution caused by a gasoline additive.

26 March 2021

Congo will face multibillion mining claim

Australia's Sundance Resources has made good on a threatened US$8.8 billion ICC claim against the Republic of the Congo – one of three cases the Central African state could face over its revocation of mining licences.

25 March 2021

Spain largely defeats Toyota renewables claim

An ICSID tribunal has largely dismissed a €258 million Energy Charter Treaty claim brought by a subsidiary of Japan’s Toyota Group against Spain over its renewable energy reforms.

25 March 2021

Ukraine gas royalties dispute heads to ICSID

A Swedish energy company has made good on its threat to file an ICSID claim against Ukraine over a gas royalty hike that led to the collapse of a controversial joint venture.

25 March 2021

Squire Patton Boggs recruits in Paris

John Adam, who has defended Latin American states in several treaty cases, has left Latham & Watkins to join Squire Patton Boggs’ international arbitration team in Paris.

25 March 2021

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