Topic: Public policy

French bribery ruling overturned in Alstom case

France’s Court of Cassation has found that a lower court erred when it blocked enforcement of an ICC award against Alstom because of alleged evidence of bribery.

13 October 2021

Yemen award upheld despite terrorism claims

A French court has upheld a US$30 million ICC award in favour of Yemen despite arguments the proceeds could be used to fund terrorist groups including Al-Qaeda and thereby violate human rights and international sanctions.

07 October 2021

French Council of State upholds Engie award

France’s supreme administrative court has upheld a €33 million ICC award in favour of a subsidiary of French utility Engie in a long-running dispute over the construction of an LNG terminal – affirming that the dismissal of a set-aside application is equivalent to an enforcement order.

24 August 2021

Lebanese broadcaster’s award upheld in Paris

The Paris Court of Appeal has upheld an ICC award requiring a Saudi prince’s media group to pay US$22 million to a Lebanese television station.

16 March 2021

US Supreme Court rejects Petrobras bribery appeal

The US Supreme Court yesterday refused to hear Petrobras’s appeal against the confirmation of an ICDR award that required it to pay an offshore drilling company for terminating a contract allegedly procured through bribery.

23 February 2021

Fraud appeal in casino dispute fails in Singapore

The Singapore Court of Appeal has upheld an award on liability that led to a Manila gaming resort owner being ordered to pay US$296 million to a Las Vegas casino operator – rejecting allegations that the successful party and its counsel fraudulently misled the tribunal.

19 February 2021

Spanish court sets high bar for award scrutiny

The Spanish Constitutional Court has reinstated an annulled award in a €600 million inheritance battle between relatives of a prominent deceased aristocrat – setting a high standard for the review of arbitral awards on public policy grounds.

18 February 2021

Convicted arbitrators’ award blocked in France

A French court has refused to enforce a US$26 million award against a prominent Qatari businessman that resulted in criminal convictions for the arbitrators – finding that their decision to move the arbitral seat and transform the case into an ad hoc proceeding was in breach of due process.

05 February 2021

Russian bank loses Ukrainian appeal over emergency award

Ukraine’s Supreme Court has affirmed that an SCC emergency arbitrator award restraining the forcible sale of assets of a Russian state-owned bank cannot be enforced.

27 January 2021

Agent can’t revive ICC claim after “kickbacks”

A Swiss court has upheld an ICC award that blocked a Panamanian company from recovering agency commissions from a client after it emerged the agent’s founder had paid “kickbacks” to one of the client’s employees.

21 January 2021

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