Since many commodities are transported by sea, handling disputes relating to commodities sales contracts has been a natural outgrowth of our maritime practice. A wide variety of issues can arise with in respect to commodities sales contracts, including quality disputes, financing problems and timeliness of performance, among others. Over the years we have dealt with any number of commodities cases, including disputes relating to off-specification coal, grain quality cases, claims for wrongful termination of sales contracts, letter of credit issues, force majeure issues, the liquefaction of coal shipped by sea, price adjustments and supply-side problems.
With significant amounts of money involved in any commodities sale, we always work with our clients to explore whether a prompt commercial solution can be achieved. If no commercial resolution is available, we litigate effectively to protect our clients’ interests. We have litigated such cases in federal court, as well as before the International Centre for Dispute Resolution of the American Arbitration Association and the Society of Maritime Arbitrators.