Court intervention

HONG KONG COURT OF FIRST INSTANCE STAYS COURT PROCEEDINGS TO ARBITRATION, REITERATES S.20 PRINCIPLES

In Leung Kwok Hung trading as Kaiser (M&E) Decoration Engineering Company v. Johnson Controls Hong Kong Limited [HCCT 56/2017], the Hong Kong Court of First Instance granted the Defendant’s application under s.20 of the Arbitration Ordinance, staying Court proceedings in … Continue reading

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Filed under Arbitration clauses, Arbitration laws, Asia, Court intervention, Hong Kong & China

West Tankers principle unaffected by Recast Brussels Regulation; mandatory foreign jurisdictional rules do not encroach on scope of widely worded arbitration clause

In Nori Holdings Limited et al v PJSC Bank Okritie Financial Corporation [2018] EWHC 1343 (Comm) the English court has applied the Recast Brussels Regulation, finding that the West Tankers principle remains applicable and, as a consequence, refused to grant … Continue reading

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Filed under Arbitrability, Arbitration clauses, Arbitration proceedings, Brussels Regulation, Court intervention, Europe, Jurisdiction, Russia

English Commercial Court orders stay of Lebanon-seated arbitration in ‘exceptional’ case

In the most recent decision in the Sabbagh family feud, Sabbagh v Khoury & Ors [2018] EWHC 1330 (Comm), the English Commercial Court ordered the stay of parallel Lebanon-seated arbitration proceedings. This was despite the tribunal in that case having … Continue reading

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Filed under Arbitration proceedings, Court intervention, Europe, Interim relief, Middle East

Delhi High Court refuses to grant injuction restraining Vodafone’s second BIT arbitration against India

In a decision dated 7 May 2018, the Delhi High Court dismissed the Government of India’s application to declare Vodafone’s second BIT arbitration proceedings in relation to the retrospective tax liability imposed on Vodafone’s 2007 acquisition of Hutchison Whampoa’s Indian … Continue reading

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Filed under Arbitration proceedings, Asia, Court intervention, India, Investment Arbitration, ISDS

English High Court grants an anti-suit injunction and confirms that the choice of arbitral seat is “analogous to an exclusive jurisdiction clause”

In Atlas Power v National Transmission and Despatch Company Ltd [2018] EWHC 1052 the English High Court granted a final anti-suit injunction to permanently restrain a national grid company owned by the Government of Pakistan (“NTDC“) from challenging an LCIA … Continue reading

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Filed under Arbitration proceedings, Challenges to awards, Court intervention, Europe, Jurisdiction

Luxury superyacht arbitration relaunched following rare section 45 application to the English court

In a recent decision, Goodwood Investments Holdings Inc. v Thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions AG [2018] EWHC 1056 (Comm), the English court has considered a section 45 request for a ruling on a preliminary point of law. Requests of this nature are … Continue reading

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Filed under Arbitration Act 1996, Court intervention, Europe

New South Wales CA imports arbitration clause from one entity to another, stays proceedings

In Warner Bros Feature Productions Pty Ltd v Kennedy Miller Mitchell Films Pty Ltd [2018] NSWCA 81, the New South Wales Court of Appeal overturned the decision of the New South Wales Supreme Court by referring a dispute to arbitration … Continue reading

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Filed under Arbitration clauses, Arbitration laws, Arbitration proceedings, Australia, Court intervention, Stays

Hong Kong judge defers to arbitration in dismissing winding up petition

In a recent Court of First Instance case before Harris J, Southwest Pacific Bauxite (HK) Ltd (Company) sought to strike out a winding-up petition issued against it by Lasmos Ltd (Petitioner). The ground of insolvency relied on by the Petitioner … Continue reading

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Filed under Arbitrability, Arbitration clauses, Asia, Court intervention, East Asia, Hong Kong & China, Winding-up

Delhi High Court reaffirms pro-arbitration approach in two recent judgments

In two recent judgments, the Delhi High Court (the “Court“) dismissed challenges to arbitral awards and emphasised its reluctance to interfere with decisions of arbitral tribunals, except in limited circumstances. In NHAI v M/S. Bsc-Rbm-Pati Joint Venture, the Court strongly … Continue reading

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Filed under Challenges to awards, Court intervention, India

The English court sets aside a Tribunal’s findings of lack of jurisdiction under a BIT

In a decision dated 2 March 2018 (the “Decision“), the English High Court has set aside parts of an award on jurisdiction (the “Award“) from a London-seated arbitration (the “Arbitration“) concerning claims brought by GPF GP S.a.r.l (“Griffin“) against Poland … Continue reading

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Filed under Awards, Challenges to awards, Court intervention, Investment Arbitration, Jurisdiction, Public International Law, Uncategorized