Swiss Arbitration Decisions

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December 14, 2012

The case involved a dispute between a professional basketball player and her former agent. On March 12, 2012 the competent body of the Fédération Internationale de Basketball, the Basketball Arbitral Tribunal (Ulrich Haas, sole arbitrator) issued an award ordering her to compensate the agent.

 

Case information

Docket number: 
4A_198/2012
Original language: 
French
Published: 
32 ASA Bull 580 (2014)
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June 18, 2012

This decision dated June 18, 2012 is of limited interest and should really be read only if you are actively involved in sport arbitration.

A young Polish karting driver took part in a competition in Germany in July 2010. He was 12 years old at the time but tested positive for Nikethamide, an illicit substance. The medical panel of the Anti-Doping Committee of the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile banned him from competition for two years and annulled his results.

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Docket number: 
4A_636/2011
Original language: 
German
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October 13, 2009

The case involved a Russian racing cyclist, Vladimir Gusev and a Belgian Company, Olympus SARL. Olympus hired Gusev for two years on November 15, 2007 and the contract was governed by Swiss law. On July 23rd, 2008, Olympus terminated the contract, alleging that a medical report seriously suggested that the cyclist had taken exogenous EPO.

Case information

Docket number: 
4A_352/2009
Original language: 
French
Published: 
28 ASA Bull 634 (2010), 639
also see 3 SwissIntArbRep 441, 453 (2009)
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November 16, 2018

This case involves the well-known (at least, to all football aficionados) case of the Peruvian football player Paolo Guerrero. He was sanctioned for an anti-doping rule violation with a suspension of 14 months by the CAS, under the rather unusual circumstances of consuming tea with coca leaves. The CAS Award was rendered in appeal against a decision of the FIFA Appeals Committee that had initially suspended the Player for six months (see also CAS 2018/A/5571).

 

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Docket number: 
4A_560/2018
Original language: 
French
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February 21, 2008

This decision dated February 21, 2008 came on line in late March.  In view of its interest it has already been the object of a short comment (in French) by Laurent Hirsch in the discussion group  arbitrage-adr@yahoogroupes.fr. Laurent's comment was mailed on April 10.

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Docket number: 
4A_370/2007
Original language: 
French
Published: 
2 SwissIntArbRep 89 (2008)
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March 20, 2008

The case involved an appeal against an award issued in Lausanne on October 30, 2007. The Arbitral tribunal (Dirk-Reiner Martens, Efraïm Barak and Juan José Pinto, chairman) constituted by the Court of Arbitration for Sport was under attack in the appeal due to an alleged lack of independence.

Case information

Docket number: 
4A_506/2007
Original language: 
French
Published: 
2 SwissIntArbRep 191 (2008)
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June 20, 2008

This decision of June 20, 2008 was an appeal against a decision of the Court of Arbitration for Sports of December 4, 2007. The case involved clubs in Argentina and Spain. A well known player was transferred for a large amount of money and a claim was made for a solidarity contribution based on FIFA Regulations. The FIFA Dispute Resolution Chamber rejected the claim and the Court of Arbitration for Sports upheld the decision.

Case information

Docket number: 
4A_18/2008
Original language: 
German
Published: 
2 SwissIntArbRep 269 (2008)
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August 14, 2008

The case involves an attempt at obtaining revision of an award of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) of April 16, 2008, in which the sole arbitrator rejected a claim for a commission on the transfer of a football player. Revision was sought on the basis of subsequent discovery of an alleged lack of impartiality of the arbitrator (see at 2.2.2).

Case information

Docket number: 
4A_234/2008
Original language: 
French
Published: 
29 ASA Bull 512 (2009)
also see 2 SwissIntArbRep 303 (2008)
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October 7, 2008

The case Federaciòn Española de Bolos ("FEB") v. Fédération Internationale des Quilleurs ("FIQ") and Federaciò Catalana de Bitllesi BowlingFederaciò Catalana de Bitllesi Bowling ("FCBB") involved an application made by FCBB to be admitted as a member of FIQ, whilst the FEB, as the Spanish Federation, was already a member of FIQ.

Case information

Docket number: 
4A_258/2008
Original language: 
French
Published: 
27 ASA Bull 137 (2009)
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January 22, 2009

This decision of the Swiss Federal Tribunal of January 22, 2009 involves sport arbitration and put an end to a dispute involving field hockey.

In April 2008 a qualifier competition for the Olympic Games was held in Baku, Azerbaijan. The Spanish and the Azerbaijan feminine teams played in the final and the Spanish team won. Anti-doping tests were conducted with two players of the Spanish team apparently showing positive results.

Case information

Docket number: 
4A_424/2008
Original language: 
French
Published: 
29 ASA Bull 178 (2011)
also see 3 SwissIntArbRep 57 (2009)
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February 9, 2009

The decision is certainly an interesting one. It has already been commented by Antonio Rigozzi (Cahiers de l’Arbitrage  2009 / 2 p. 33) and by  Laurent Hirsch in the arbitration forum arbitrage-adr@yahoogroupes.fr in March 2009. The decision was also discussed by Hansjörg Stutzer in the Thouvenin newsletter at http://www.thouvenin.com/pages_e/frame/05aktuell.html

Case information

Docket number: 
4A_400/2008
Original language: 
French
Published: 
27 ASA Bull 495 (2009)
also see 3 SwissIntArbRep 77 (2009)
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February 20, 2009

The decision is quite an unusual one as the case involves the late payment of a deposit to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (“CAS”) and whilst I can think of several cases – of no great scholarly interest incidentally – where a payment was made too late to the Federal Tribunal, I suspect this is the only one involving late payment to an arbitral institution.

Case information

Docket number: 
4A_600/2008
Original language: 
French
Published: 
27 ASA Bull 568 (2009)
also see 3 SwissIntArbRep 91 (2009)
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June 23, 2009

The case will confirm that the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) is likely to remain a very significant source of Swiss jurisprudence on international arbitration for some time. The CAS is based in Lausanne, as you know, and the number of decisions it issues is important.

Case information

Docket number: 
4A_62/2009
Original language: 
German
Published: 
28 ASA Bull 562 (2010)
also see 3 SwissIntArbRep 351 (2009)
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November 24, 2009

The case involved a well-known German jump rider whose horse tested positive for Capsaicin during the riding competitions of the 2008 Summer Olympics in Hong-Kong. Capsaicin is an irritant, which produces a burning sensation on any tissue and it is basically the active component of chilli peppers. The rider was suspended on August 22, 2008 and he explained that the horse had been suffering from chronical back pains for a while, thus justifying the use of an ointment containing Capsaicin.

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Docket number: 
4A_284/2009
Original language: 
German
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January 6, 2010

A football club (Le Sportif de Toluca Football Clubs SA) and a player (Christian Gimenez) entered into an employment contract on August 1st, 2007. The contract was terminated in the summer of 2008 and the player sued. The national federation involved partially granted the player’s claim for lost salary and in an award of April 24, 2009 the CAS, to which both parties had appealed, ordered the club to pay a substantial amount.

Case information

Docket number: 
4A_260/2009
Original language: 
French
Published: 
28 ASA Bull 272 (2010)
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