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Paris seat doesn’t disturb choice of English law, says appeal court

Paris seat doesn’t disturb choice of English law, says appeal court

24 January 2020

In what some warn may be a repeat of the famous Dallah case, the Court of Appeal in London has refused to enforce an ICC award in a Paris-seated dispute over a Middle Eastern food franchise after finding that English and not French law applied to the question of whether the debtor was bound by the arbitration agreement.

Peruvian criminal court intervenes in toll dispute

Peruvian criminal court intervenes in toll dispute

23 January 2020

A French-owned road concessionaire has appealed a Peruvian criminal court’s order for it to reduce tolls on a Lima highway while a dispute over the rates is heard at the International Arbitration Chamber of Paris.

Greek state entity declares win in gas-pricing case

Greek state entity declares win in gas-pricing case

23 January 2020

Greece’s state-owned gas company Depa says it has won a Stockholm-seated ICC arbitration filed against Turkish counterpart Botaş in the latest installment of a 10-year dispute over the price of gas supplied under a pipeline deal.

Odebrecht project triggers new claim against Colombian agency

Odebrecht project triggers new claim against Colombian agency

21 January 2020

An Odebrecht-led consortium has launched an ICC claim against Colombia’s National Infrastructure Agency over a highway concession – months after a domestic arbitration panel concluded the project had been procured through corruption.

New year, new silks

New year, new silks

17 January 2020

Nigel Blackaby, Noah Rubins, Harish Salve, Rajesh Pillai, Simon Chapman, Sapna Jhangiani, Andrew McDougall and Jason Fry are among those on new list of Queen’s Counsel appointments.

Samsung wins damages over offshore drillship contract

Samsung wins damages over offshore drillship contract

16 January 2020

Korean shipbuilder Samsung Heavy Industries has won a US$320 million award against a US contractor over the termination of a contract for an ultra-deepwater drillship.

Chaffetz Lindsey promotes two

Chaffetz Lindsey promotes two

15 January 2020

New York disputes boutique Chaffetz Lindsey has promoted commercial arbitration practitioner Andrew Poplinger to partner while Rainbow Willard, who is currently acting in an ICSID claim against Argentina, is made counsel.

Nine-man award against Chinese state-owned aviation group upheld

Nine-man award against Chinese state-owned aviation group upheld

15 January 2020

A US appeals court has upheld a US$70 million ICDR award rendered by a nine-man tribunal against affiliates of a Chinese state-owned aerospace company, rejecting arguments it was “fundamentally unfair” for one side in the dispute to appoint over twice as many arbitrators as the other.

LCIA tribunal gives Djibouti ultimatum over port seizure

LCIA tribunal gives Djibouti ultimatum over port seizure

14 January 2020

A sole arbitrator at the LCIA has ordered Djibouti to hand back control of a major port facility on the Red Sea to Dubai-based operator DP World within two months or face a damages award.

Chinese social media company liable in software dispute

Chinese social media company liable in software dispute

09 January 2020

The company behind one of China’s largest social media websites has put aside US$126 million to cover an award that held it liable for breaching a licence agreement to use location-based service software.