Swiss Arbitration Decisions

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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.

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

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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).

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Docket number: 
4A_234/2008
Original language: 
French
Published: 
29 ASA Bull 512 (2009)
also see 2 SwissIntArbRep 303 (2008)
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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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February 19, 2009

The case involved a consortium between an Italian and a Dutch company to build some heat recovery steam generators for two electrical power plants in Egypt. On October 17, 2006, the Italian company, by then in liquidation, claimed some amounts from the other party. The sole arbitrator, Sebastien Besson, sitting in Geneva, granted part of the claim in an award of October 8, 2008 and an appeal to the Federal Tribunal was filed by the Italian company.

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Docket number: 
4A_539/2008
Original language: 
French
Published: 
27 ASA Bull 801 (2009)
also see 3 SwissIntArbRep 115 (2009)
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January 6, 2010

The case involved an ICC arbitration in Zurich between the successors of a Romanian company, which had entered into a contract with a consortium composed of a Finnish and a German company for the rehabilitation and the modernization of a power plant in Romania. The Consortium initiated arbitral proceedings and a three-arbitrator panel was constituted (Mark Blessing as Chairman, with Andreas Reiner and Victor Tanarescu as arbitrators).

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Docket number: 
4A_348/2009
Original language: 
French
Published: 
28 ASA Bull 772 (2010)
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January 11, 2010

The Swiss Supreme Court issued on January 11, 2010 two opinions (4A_256/2009 and 4A_258/2009) regarding appeals with very similar and involved only one context of facts. The opinions are accordingly almost identical and one need not read both of them as one will be sufficient.

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Docket number: 
4A_258/2009
Original language: 
German
Published: 
28 ASA Bull 540 (2010)
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January 11, 2010

The Swiss Supreme Court issued on January 11, 2010 (4A_258/2009) two opinions regarding appeals with very similar and involved only one context of facts. The opinions are accordingly almost identical and one need not read both of them as one will be sufficient.

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Docket number: 
4A_256/2009
Original language: 
German
Published: 
28 ASA Bull 552 (2010) (extract)
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June 2, 2010

The case involved a dispute between the Ukrainian Football Club Shakhtar Donetsk (“Shakhtar”) and the Spanish Club Real Zaragoza, as well as the Brazilian player Matuzalem Da Silva.

Da Silva, on loan from Zaragoza, was transferred from an Italian Club to Shakhtar in 2004. In 2007, an offer was made by an Italian club which Shakhtar rejected. Da Silva then terminated his employment with Shakhtar and signed a new contract with Zaragoza.

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Docket number: 
4A_320/2009
Original language: 
German
Published: 
28 ASA Bull 822 (2010)
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Counsel
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June 10, 2010

This opinion of the Swiss Supreme Court, dated June 10, 2010, is somewhat unusual because the Court chose to mention the names of the parties in the text published on the Court’s website. Readers of the decisions of the Swiss Federal Tribunal know that the names are generally omitted, except in cases involving public figures and this seems to have been the reason in this case as the Appellant was the well-known football player Adrian Mutu.

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Docket number: 
4A_458/2009
Original language: 
French
Published: 
28 ASA Bull 520 (2010)
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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).

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Docket number: 
4A_234/2010
Original language: 
French
Published: 
29 ASA Bull 80 (2011)
136 ATF III 605 (2010)
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January 3, 2011

This decision of the Swiss Supreme Court of January 3, 2011 is the second in the case of the well-known Spanish cyclist Alejandro Valverde Belmonte.

 

As you may remember, the first decision of the Swiss Supreme Court, dated October 29, 2010 may be found here (4A_234/2010)

 

March 1, 2011

Two brothers entrusted the British solicitor Anthony Julius (the opinion of the Federal Tribunal, somewhat unusually, mentions the Arbitrator’s name) with settling a dispute between them. For that purpose, they entered into an agreement in July 2004, providing for ad hoc arbitration in Geneva. They waived any appeal and any rights they may have had to challenge the Arbitrator on any ground.

 

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Docket number: 
4A_514/2010
Original language: 
French
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