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Arms maker wins appeal over service on Libya

Arms maker wins appeal over service on Libya

04 July 2019

The Court of Appeal in London has ruled that US-owned arms manufacturer General Dynamics can pursue enforcement of an ICC award against Libya without service through diplomatic channels, in light of the “exceptional circumstances” presented by the ongoing civil unrest in the country.

Singapore’s international court issues first arbitration decision

Singapore’s international court issues first arbitration decision

04 July 2019

The Singapore International Commercial Court has issued its first ruling in an arbitration-related matter, finding that it lacks the power to extend the three-month time limit for the filing of award challenges under the UNCITRAL Model Law.

Seven Mexican gas pipeline claims kick off

Seven Mexican gas pipeline claims kick off

03 July 2019

A Mexican state utility says it has launched arbitrations to amend the terms of seven contracts with pipeline operators for the transportation of natural gas used for electricity generation.

US Supreme Court to rule on non-signatories

US Supreme Court to rule on non-signatories

02 July 2019

The US Supreme Court has agreed to hear an appeal by a French subsidiary of General Electric over whether the New York Convention permits a non-signatory to an arbitration agreement to compel arbitration under the doctrine of equitable estoppel.

Dubai centre escapes liability for “invalid” appointment

Dubai centre escapes liability for “invalid” appointment

01 July 2019

The DIFC Court of First Instance has found that the Dubai International Arbitration Centre breached an arbitration agreement and its own rules in the manner it appointed a tribunal chair – but cannot be held liable as the error was unintentional.

Mexican state utility brings claim over gas pipeline deal

Mexican state utility brings claim over gas pipeline deal

27 June 2019

A Mexican state power utility has initiated arbitration against a subsidiary of California-based Sempra Energy to amend the terms of a deal to build a US$2.5 billion natural gas pipeline between Mexico and the US.

Arbitrators fail to overturn conviction in Egypt

Arbitrators fail to overturn conviction in Egypt

26 June 2019

An Egyptian appeals court has upheld the convictions of two arbitrators over their role in rendering an US$18 billion award against Chevron – while calling for regulation to safeguard against purported arbitral institutions that have become “dens of fraud”.

Petrobras pays but vows to fight on

Petrobras pays but vows to fight on

24 June 2019

Brazilian state oil and gas company Petrobras has paid over US$700 million to satisfy an award in favour of an offshore drilling contractor whom it accused of corruption – while retaining its right to appeal the confirmation of the award in the US courts.

Satellite broadband dispute settles at ICDR

Satellite broadband dispute settles at ICDR

24 June 2019

A US technology company has agreed to pay nearly US$51 million to a British satellite company to settle an ICDR arbitration relating to broadband services.

Mexican taxi tech leads to NAFTA and ICC disputes

Mexican taxi tech leads to NAFTA and ICC disputes

20 June 2019

A joint venture that was granted a US$2.4 billion concession to provide digital taximeter and ride-hailing technology for taxi cabs in Mexico City is the subject of a threatened NAFTA claim and a pending ICC arbitration, it has emerged.