Swiss Arbitration Decisions

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April 4, 2008

The case involved a request for revision of an arbitral award issued on August 7, 2007 by the Court of Arbitration for Sport ("CAS") with three arbitrators sitting, Luigi Fumagalli, Jose Juan Pintó Sala and Chairman Jan Paulsson. The award was not appealed but some months later an application was made for revision, supposedly because one of the arbitrators was not independent.

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Docket number: 
4A_528/2007
Original language: 
German
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September 23, 2008

The case involved a sports arbitration in Lausanne, in which two Argentinean agents had been entrusted with negotiating the transfer of a player to the Spanish club Real Madrid. The transfer was not completed due to a negative medical report. The agents filed a claim with FIFA for fees, which was rejected. On February 29, 2008, the Court of Arbitration for Sports (“CAS”) upheld the dismissal of the claim. The CAS arbitral tribunal was chaired by Prof. Massimo Coccia with Mr. D.

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Docket number: 
4A_176/2008
Original language: 
German
Published: 
27 ASA Bull 128 (2009)
also see Vol 2 SwissIntArbRep 451 (2008)
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October 29, 2008

The Federal Tribunal refers to two arbitrations. As it happens, I was one of the arbitrators in one of the two and it might not be fully appropriate for me to comment or criticize the decision.

Accordingly, I will simply point out the issues the Federal Tribunal dealt with:

(i) Section 3 of the opinion deals with jurisdiction. The interesting part is at 3.3.1.2 at pages 10 – 11.

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Docket number: 
4A_210/2008
Original language: 
French
Published: 
2009, ASA Bulletin 309
2 SwissIntArbRep 495 (2008)
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April 8, 2009

The case involved a consulting agreement, which led to arbitration in Zurich. The sole arbitrator (Swiss lawyer Martin Bernet, a highly regarded arbitrator) assumed jurisdiction in 2005 and also held that the consulting agreement was valid in a subsequent award in 2007. New evidence was discovered and a request for revision was filed in 2008. The Federal Tribunal rejected the request for revision on March 14, 2008.

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Docket number: 
4A_69/2009
Original language: 
German
Published: 
28 ASA Bull 124 (2010)
also see 3 SwissIntArbRep 205 (2009)
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June 9, 2009

On November 6, 2001, INFRONT SPORT AND MEDIA AG (“INFRONT”), a Swiss company specializing in the marketing of advertising rights in the field of sports and the Belarus Football Federation (“BFF”) entered into a contract giving INFRONT certain broadcasting and advertising rights for the home plays of the national Belarus football team between 2002 and 2007.

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Docket number: 
4A_94/2009
Original language: 
German
Published: 
28 ASA Bull 352 (2010)
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October 21, 2009

Under Swiss law, a judgment of the Federal Tribunal - or of any other court - can be the object of a request that it should be clarified or rectified whenever its holding is unclear, incomplete or ambiguous.

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Docket number: 
4G_2/2009
Original language: 
German
Published: 
28 ASA Bull 668 (2010)
also see 3 SwissIntArbRep 483 (2009)
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December 16, 2009

This opinion of the Federal Tribunal, dated December 16, 2009, relates to an arbitration in Zurich based on a 2001 contract concerning the delivery of hydrofluoric acid.

The contract was governed by Swiss law. Arbitration proceedings were initiated in Zurich in February 2006 and on April 3, 2009 the ICC Arbitral Tribunal issued an award granting part of the claims and rejecting the counterclaim.

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Docket number: 
4A_240/2009
Original language: 
German
Published: 
30 ASA Bull 457 (2011)
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July 28, 2010

The case does not relate to an appeal against an arbitral award stricto sensu. It is actually a New York Convention case, and as there are not many in Swiss practice, we thought it was worth making it available to our readers.

 

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Docket number: 
4A_233/2010
Original language: 
French
Published: 
30 ASA Bull 97 (2012)
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October 27, 2010

The case involved an Italian company and a bank in Ukraine. Under two contracts concerning equipment for the production of ceramic, two bank guarantees were issued, which the Italian company called. The Ukrainian bank refused to pay, and the bank guarantees contained an arbitration clause.

 

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Docket number: 
4A_414/2010
Original language: 
German
Published: 
29 ASA Bull 908 (2011)
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November 9, 2010

The case involved a consortium agreement between an Austrian and a German company. The contract was governed by Swiss law and it contained an ICC arbitration clause with venue in Zurich.

A dispute arose and the German company was ordered to pay some amounts to the Austrian company. The German company appealed. While the opinion contains nothing fundamentally new, the following may be of interest to my Readers:

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Docket number: 
4A_428/2010
Original language: 
German
Published: 
29 ASA Bull 931 (2011)
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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).

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Docket number: 
4A_600/2010
Original language: 
French
Published: 
30 ASA Bull 119 (2012)
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September 20, 2011

The case issued on September 20, 2011 by the Swiss Supreme Court involved the International Boxing Association (“AIBA”), a non-profit association (association, Verein) organized under Swiss law and based in Lausanne. In 2005, the AIBA and a company manufacturing and supplying sport equipment entered into a license agreement (“the Licensing Agreement”) for one year renewable, pursuant to which the company could manufacture boxing equipment approved by the AIBA against payment of a royalty.

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Docket number: 
4A_103/2011
Original language: 
French
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May 2, 2012

The case, dated May 2nd 2012 and of limited interest, involved a contract between a Luxemburg company specializing in the trade of metals and minerals and a licensed trading house in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The contract they concluded in 2008 was governed by Swiss law and provided for ICC arbitration in Geneva.

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Docket number: 
4A_16/2012
Original language: 
German
Published: 
32 ASA Bull 645 (2014)
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May 2, 2012

This very interesting opinion involved a contract governed by Swiss law for the delivery of a production line of certain materials. Ad hoc arbitration proceedings started in Geneva in January 2009. An award was issued and on December 16, 2011 I sent you the English translation of a first decision that the Federal Tribunal took in this matter on May 16, 2011.  A copy of the first decision of the Federal Tribunal is enclosed and you will find here 4A_46/2011.

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Docket number: 
4A_14/2012
Original language: 
French
Published: 
138 ATF III 270 (2011)
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May 31, 2012

From materials available on the internet, this decision date May 31st, 2012, appears to involve the Honduran football player David Suazo. Suazo originally played for a Honduran club, Deportivo Olimpia. In 1999 he was transferred to the Italian club Cagliari pursuant to a June 1st, 1999 contract, which reserved the right of Deportivo Olimpia to obtain additional payments should the player be transferred to another club.

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Docket number: 
4A_682/2011
Original language: 
German
Published: 
32 Asa Bull 137 (2014)
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