Case of the Day: Barot v. Embassy of Zambia

The case of the day is Barot v. Embassy of the Republic of Zambia (D.D.C. 2014). Doris Balot, a former employee of the Embassy of Zambia, sued, alleging violations of the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, and the DC Wage Payment and Collection Law. The Embassy moved to dismiss for insufficient service of process.
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Case of the Day: Asignacion v. Rickmers Genoa Schiffahrts

The case of the day is Asignacion v. Rickmers Genoa Schiffahrts (E.D. La. 2014). Lito Martinez Asignacion, a Philippine national, was employed by Rickmers Genoa Schiffahrts as a seaman aboard the M/V Rickmers Dalian, a Marshall Islands-flagged vessel. There was a written employment contract, entered into by Rickmers and by the Philippine government through the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration. The contract contained an arbitration provision requiring arbitration of disputes in the Philippines, and it provided that claims arising out of Asignacion’s employment would be governed by Philippines law.
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Case of the Day: Mont Blanc v. Khan

The case of the day is Mont Blanc Trading Ltd. v. Khan (S.D.N.Y. 2014). Mont Blanc, which had won an arbitral award at the LCIA and then won confirmation at the English High Court, came to the US seeking recognition and enforcement. But a simple error will send Mont Blanc back to the drawing board.
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Lago Agrio Comes to Boston

I played hooky yesterday afternoon and attended two events at Harvard that, as far as I know, were scheduled on the same day purely by coincidence. First was a talk by Steven Donziger at the Harvard Law School Human Rights Program. The second was a talk by Ecuador’s president, Rafael Correa, at the Kennedy School’s Institute of Politics.
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Belfast Project: Are The Tapes Worth Anything In The Ivor Bell Case?

Ever since the arrest of Ivor Bell, I’ve been reading and hearing folks who had previously argued that no criminal prosecutions would ever come of the Belfast Project subpoenas saying that the tapes can’t or won’t aid the UK authorities in the criminal prosecution.
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Lago Agrio: A Good Week For Chevron

Chevron had a good week this week, on two fronts.

First, the Supreme Court of Canada has granted leave to appeal from the decision of the Ontario Court of Appeal, which had set aside a lower court’s stay of the Ecuadoran plaintiffs’ action seeking recognition and enforcement of the Ecuadoran judgment in Ontario. (more…)

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