• Case of the Day: Von Pezold v. Zimbabwe

    The case of the day is Von Pezold v. Republic of Zimbabwe (D.D.C. 2022). Elisabeth von Pezold and members of her family, and Border Timbers Ltd. and Hangani Development Co., both had ICSID awards against Zimbabwe. They brought an action to confirm the awards in Washington. They served process on Zimbabwe by sending the papers […]

  • Case of the Day: Chiejina v. Nigeria

    The case of the day is Chiejina v. Nigeria (D.D.C. 2022). I’m counsel to the petitioners, Peter Chiejina and PICCOL Nigeria Ltd. PICCOL, a Nigerian engineering firm, had a contract with the Nigerian government for the construction of gully erosion control structures in Imo State. The contract contained the following agreement to arbitrate: Any dispute, […]

  • Case of the Day: Levinson v. Kuwait Finance House

    The case of the day is Levinson v. Kuwait Finance House (Malaysia) Berhad (2d Cir. 2022). Robert Levinson, a former FBI agent, was, according to the FBI, taken hostage by the government of Iran and tortured. He is presumed dead. His wife Christine, on her own behalf and as conservator of his estate, obtained a […]

  • Case of the Day: Preble-Rish Haiti S.A. v. Republic of Haiti

    The case of the day is Preble-Rish Haiti S.A. v. Republic of Haiti (5th Cir. 2022). Preble-Rish had a contract for delivery of fuel with the Haitian government. When a dispute arose, it demanded arbitration in New York. Haiti refused to participate, and the parties cross-moved to compel and to stay the arbitration in the […]

  • Case of the Day: Hulley Enterprises v. Russian Federation

    The case of the day is Hulley Enterprises, Ltd. v. Russian Federation (D.D.C. 2022). It involves the $50 billion arbitral award that shareholders in Yukos Oil Co. obtained against Russia in 2014 after alleging, in an arbitration in the Netherlands, that Russia had violated the Energy Charter Treaty by measures intended to “bankrupt Yukos, appropriate […]