International Arbitration

Munger, Tolles & Olson has wide experience in international mediation and arbitration in a variety of areas, from commercial to environmental to insurance disputes. Our lawyers have appeared before all of the leading arbitral institutions including the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA) and American Arbitration Association (AAA), among others, as well as before ad hoc arbitration panels.

We believe arbitration can offer real advantages to our clients – confidentiality, reduced expense, arbitral expertise, speedier proceedings and control of the applicable procedures, among others. But the matters have to be carefully managed from the outset to avoid the risk that the process may become as costly as court proceedings with unpredictable results and discovery-related challenges.

Key Representations

  • Abbott in an international arbitration with respect to disputes about royalties under patent license agreements for certain diagnostic tests. The matter was arbitrated under ICC rules and Abbott prevailed after a hearing in Paris resulted in a written opinion in its favor.
  • Service Employees International, Inc. and several other affiliated government contractors, for whom we defeated allegations by a class of approximately 7,000 current and former truck drivers that they were coerced to under-record their time worked in support of the U.S. military effort during the Iraq war and were thus denied overtime wages in violation of their contracts. Following many years of litigation, and an arbitration hearing spanning nearly three months, the arbitrator found for Munger Tolles’ client on the issue of liability. The matter was arbitrated under JAMS rules.
  • A multi-billion dollar hedge fund and its principal in a successful defense against tort and contract claims brought in arbitration by an investor in the fund under the AAA international rules. The arbitration panel entered a defense verdict, rejecting the plaintiff’s claims in their entirety and awarding our client their costs in defending the matter.
  • A major oil company against insurance companies in arbitrations involving environmental liabilities under general liability policies under the LCIA, English Arbitration Act of 1950 as amended by the Act of 1996 and International Bar Association (IBA) Rules on the Taking of Evidence in International Commercial Arbitration.
  • A joint venture of a foreign steel company and a foreign mining company in an international arbitration under ICC rules regarding a shipping dispute.
  • A national law firm against insurance companies in a claim under a professional errors and omissions policy in London arbitration proceedings.

Contact:
Cary B. Lerman (213) 683-9163
Jerome C. Roth (415) 512-4010