Swiss Arbitration Decisions

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February 18, 2016

The case involved the relationship between an Iranian company and a Cypriot company with regard to steel products. A couple of transactions were concluded in the spring of 2012, including a sales contract, but no payments were made. Along with the sales contract, a draft Framework Contract was sent to the Iranian company. It included an arbitration clause providing for Swiss Chamber of Commerce arbitration in Lugano, according to the Swiss Rules.

 

Case information

Docket number: 
4A_84/2015
Original language: 
French
Published: 
ATF 142 III 239, Bull. ASA 2016, p. 967
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December 20, 2010

The case involved a professional football player who had played for a professional club in Europe between September 2004 and July 2005.

 

A dispute arose and on October 31, 2008, the Dispute Resolution Chamber of FIFA ordered the Club to pay salary in arrears and an additional amount for breach of contract to the player.

 

Case information

Docket number: 
4A_10/2010
Original language: 
French
Published: 
29 ASA Bull 682 (2011)
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August 22, 2011

This case is mildly interesting and it involves revision of an international arbitral award.

 

Hearing a dispute between two football clubs with regard to training compensation for a player, the Dispute Resolution Chamber of FIFA(“DRC”) issued a decision in March 2009, pursuant to which one of the club was ordered to pay EUR 480,000 to the other club. An appeal was made to the Court of Arbitration for Sport and a sole arbitrator was appointed.

 

Case information

Docket number: 
4A_222/2011
Original language: 
French
Published: 
31 ASA Bull 83 (2013)
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February 28, 2013

The case involved a weightlifter who tested positive for Boldenone (an anabolic steroid) and was ruled ineligible for four years, which prevented him from competing anywhere.

 

Case information

Docket number: 
4A_576/2012
Original language: 
French
Published: 
32 ASA Bull 543 (2014)
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May 3, 2010

This opinion of the Swiss Federal Tribunal involves a long-distance runner that the International Association of Athletics Federations (“IAAF”) banned from late April 25, 2006 until early December 2008 for using 19-Norandrosterone. Prizes and medals related to the 2006 Seoul Marathon were revoked.

Case information

Docket number: 
4A_456/2009
Original language: 
German
Published: 
28 ASA Bull 786 (2010)
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November 7, 2011

This case was already the subject of some commentaries, notably by Hans Jörg Stutzer and Michael Bösch in the latest issue of the Thouvenin newsletter (www.thouvenin.com).

 

Case information

Docket number: 
4A_246/2011
Original language: 
German
Published: 
30 ASA Bull 157 (2012)
138 BGE III 29 (2011)
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March 21, 2013

The case involved a Ukrainian football player who tested positive to Furosemide, a diuretic that can mask the presence of other drugs and is accordingly banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency.

 

Case information

Docket number: 
4A_522/2012
Original language: 
German
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February 25, 2015

The case involved a Share Purchase Agreement (SPA) in a set of complex projects. The 2010 SPA apportioned the costs of future investments in proportion to the shares held by the parties but with an investment cap of EUR 138 million. Beyond that amount, the Seller undertook to pay the difference. The contract was governed by Swiss law and contained an ICC arbitration clause. In June 2011, the purchaser under the 2010 SPA initiated arbitration proceedings against the seller.

Case information

Docket number: 
4A_486/2014
Original language: 
French
Published: 
Bull. ASA 2015, p. 347
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December 22, 2008

The case involved the Court of Arbitration for Sport (“CAS”) trying to deal with an application to the UEFA by Gibraltar. After a first CAS decision of October 22, 2003 pursuant to which the UEFA was ordered to decide on Gibraltar’s application, membership was denied by the UEFA Executive Committee and a new appeal was made to the CAS. On July 6, 2006 the CAS ordered UEFA to admit Gibraltar provisionally and to put the matter on the agenda of its next Congress, which again denied membership.

Case information

Docket number: 
4A_392/2008
Original language: 
French
Published: 
27 ASA Bull 547 (2009)
also see 3 SwissIntArbRep 1 (2009)
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March 17, 2011

The case involved a dispute between several chess federations (the French, German, Swiss, Ukrainian and American Federations and a company named Karpov 2010 Inc.) in the framework of the election campaign for the new chairman of the Fédération Internationale des Echecs (“FIE”). Kirsan Ilyumzhinov’s candidacy was opposed by Anatoly Karpov (the former was subsequently elected).

Case information

Docket number: 
4A_600/2010
Original language: 
French
Published: 
30 ASA Bull 119 (2012)
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May 23, 2012

This decision dated May 23, 2012 is of limited interest unless you are actively involved in sport arbitration.

Case information

Docket number: 
4A_654/2011
Original language: 
German
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April 19, 2011

The case involved the professional football player Omer Riza. Riza plays for the English club Histon. He was born in the UK of Turkish Cypriot descent, started as a youth with Arsenal but then in 2006 he signed with the Turkish club Trabzonspor.

 

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Docket number: 
4A_404/2010
Original language: 
German
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October 29, 2010

This decision pertains to the case of the well-known cyclist Alejandro Valverde Belmonte. Since the case was all over the press, the Federal Tribunal took the somewhat unusual step to include the names of all the people involved.

As you will see, Belmonte was banned from competing in Italy for two years in a decision issued in May 2009, for an alleged doping violation. He challenged the decision in front of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

Case information

Docket number: 
4A_234/2010
Original language: 
French
Published: 
29 ASA Bull 80 (2011)
136 ATF III 605 (2010)
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April 18, 2011

The case is of moderate interest as it deals with an issue that is only significant to sports arbitration.

 

A football trainer from Bulgaria trained APOP Kinyras, a Cypriot football club. In late 2008, two of his players tested positive to oxymesterone, a prohibited anabolic steroid. It turned out that the trainer had made some “white pills” available to the players – and some of them apparently did not resist the temptation.

 

Case information

Docket number: 
4A_640/2010
Original language: 
German
Published: 
30 ASA Bull 144 (2012)
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June 29, 2017

The case involved Michel Platini, UEFA President until 2016, who filed an appeal against a CAS award (chairman Luigi Fumagalli with arbitrators Jan Paulsson and Bernard Hanotiau) partially upholding the decision of the FIFA Appeal Committee, and banning him from any football-related activities for four years.

Case information

Docket number: 
4A_600/2016
Original language: 
French
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