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Heilbron rejects fraud claim against drone developer

Heilbron rejects fraud claim against drone developer

21 November 2019

British arbitrator Hilary Heilbron QC has thrown out claims by a leading US supplier of tactical military radio equipment that it was fraudulently induced into signing a distribution deal with a Canadian developer of drones.

“Wrong seat” fatal to SIAC award, says appeal court

“Wrong seat” fatal to SIAC award, says appeal court

21 November 2019

The Singapore Court of Appeal has barred the enforcement of a US$200 million SIAC award won by a gaming company against its former business partners in Laos on the basis that the arbitrators wrongly chose Singapore and not Macao as the arbitral seat.

Trio launch disputes boutique in Europe and US

Trio launch disputes boutique in Europe and US

18 November 2019

Portuguese arbitrator Duarte G Henriques has teamed up with US lawyers Kathryn Lee Boyd and George Yates to found Victoria Associates, a disputes boutique with five offices in Europe and the US.

Award debtors held in contempt in India over proposed hospital sale

Award debtors held in contempt in India over proposed hospital sale

18 November 2019

The Indian Supreme Court has held brothers Malvinder and Shivinder Mohan Singh in contempt of court for breaching an order not to sell their controlling stakes in a hospital business while a Japanese pharmaceutical company tries to enforce a US$530 million ICC award against them.

US court allows discovery in Brazilian energy dispute

US court allows discovery in Brazilian energy dispute

15 November 2019

A US court has allowed a Brazilian energy trading company to obtain documents from the ultimate beneficial owners of the respondent company in an ongoing arbitration over the alleged breach of supply agreements.

UK Supreme Court hears appeal over arbitrator disclosure

UK Supreme Court hears appeal over arbitrator disclosure

13 November 2019

In a closely-watched appeal on whether an arbitrator should have disclosed his involvement in overlapping insurance cases arising from the Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, the UK Supreme Court has been warned that English law on the issue is “out of step” with international practice.

AAA to hear biotech claim against Japanese drugmaker

AAA to hear biotech claim against Japanese drugmaker

13 November 2019

A US biotech company has filed a claim with the American Arbitration Association against Daiichi Sankyo over the ownership of technology the Japanese group is using in a drug candidate to treat breast cancer.

A practitioner’s guide to security for costs at the SCC

A practitioner’s guide to security for costs at the SCC

13 November 2019

Two years after the SCC added a provision on security for costs to its arbitration rules, Carl Persson and Bruno Gustafsson of Roschier in Stockholm examine the criteria that tribunals must consider when assessing a request for such relief – and argue the analysis should be guided by international best practices.

Native American tribe fails in challenge to New York casino award

Native American tribe fails in challenge to New York casino award

11 November 2019

A US court has upheld an American Arbitration Association award that ordered a Native American tribe to pay over US$1 billion in casino revenues to the State of New York over the next five years.

Hong Kong oil tycoon loses bankruptcy appeal

Hong Kong oil tycoon loses bankruptcy appeal

08 November 2019

The Hong Kong Court of Appeal has upheld a bankruptcy order against the former chairman of a local petroleum company after concluding that a US$30 million debt he owes to a Vietnamese government-owned entity was not covered by a SIAC arbitration clause.