Florida Federal Court to Examine Issues of Alleged Arbitrator Conflicts of Interests in Panama Canal Case

The parties in a $238-million dispute over the construction of the third set of locks for the Panama Canal is raising issues concerning alleged conflicts of interest on the part of the International Chamber of Commerce (“ICC”) arbitrators in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida. The case may resolve rarely litigated issues concerning whether arbitrators who sit on multiple arbitration panels together or who support the appointment of each other to lead arbitration panels have disabling conflicts of interest.

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