Cases

Mr. Schaner’s cases have involved a wide variety of substantive areas of the law including antitrust, bankruptcy, civil racketeering, commercial law, contracts, employment, government contracts, False Claims Act, fraud, insurance coverage, intellectual property, securities, shareholder class action, tax and tort.  The amounts in dispute in many of his matters have been well in excess of $100 million and have featured high levels of legal and factual complexity.


Representative Matters – As Counsel

European subsidiary of a US corporation in defense of a $175 million claim in an ICC arbitration in Geneva for rescission by an Asian municipality of a purchase and sale agreement.

Singapore-based hotel management company against hotel owner in an ICC arbitration in Miami relating to the attempted termination of a long-term contract for the management of a luxury hotel. The matter was designated by Law360 as one of the “biggest hospitality cases of 2014.”

Fortune 100 corporation in defense of $1 billion claim filed in bankruptcy adversary proceeding in South Carolina for breach of contract, fraud and misrepresentation arising out of the sale of a facility designed to manufacture liquefied natural gas containment systems.

Computer-manufacturer in securities fraud class action in which plaintiffs sought damages in excess of $100 million.

US munitions manufacturer against Israeli defense contractor in LCIA arbitration in London involving breach of contract claims in excess of $50 million.

Manufacturer of nuclear submarines in action valued at more than $100 million against London insurers for coverage under aggregate excess insurance policies providing coverage for workers’ compensation losses.

US defense contractor in False Claims Act case involving $4 billion claim that defense contractor had defrauded the U.S. Navy and Congress in connection with an award of a contract for a Seawolf class nuclear attack submarine.

German company in obtaining stay of Ohio court action brought by Ohio companies relating to technology licensing agreement, pending DIS arbitration in Germany; confirmation in US of award in favor of client.

Cayman Islands corporation and Norwegian individual in confirmation of $23 million arbitration award in US district court in Chicago against California-based company, in patent infringement case.

US defense contractor in defense of claims by inventors of Stinger missile technology seeking more than $25 million for alleged breach of invention agreements in relation to foreign military sales.

US corporation in obtaining more than $500 million in recoveries in tax court litigation concerning whether client was entitled to research and development tax credit for work on military and space programs, and concerning accounting methodology with respect to multi-year contract for manufacture of F-16 jet fighters.

Defense contractor in long-running dispute regarding decision of the U.S. government to terminate a multi-billion contract for the development of the A-12 carrier-based, stealth attack aircraft.

Defense of class action in California state court by corporate employees for share of proceeds of $450 million sale of missile business.

US subsidiary of Japanese consumer electronics supplier in defense of claims by former Latin American distributor in ICDR arbitration in New York.

Wyoming natural gas producer in dispute with pipeline company involving antitrust, breach of contract and tortious interference claims.

Movie theatre chain in action to recover funds embezzled in connection with a $100 million movie theatre expansion program involving construction projects at multiple locations around the United States.

Northwest Airlines in defense of $100 million breach of contract claim by Midway Airlines in a bankruptcy adversary proceeding.

Austrian company in ICC arbitration in Geneva under Swiss law for specific performance of a settlement agreement.

Irish architectural firm in confirmation of Irish arbitration award against Illinois corporation relating to dispute regarding development of medical care facilities.

Trucking company in ad hoc arbitration in New York against insurance company relating to premium payments.

Purchaser in ICC arbitration in Hong Kong relating to failed multi-billion dollar acquisition agreement.

US manufacturer in suit against foreign competitor and former president for theft of trade secrets.

Telecommunications equipment manufacturer in major Sherman Act antitrust case; settlement in favor of client shortly before trial for more than $125 million.

Multiple clients in separate proceedings to obtain discovery in the United States pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1782 for use in foreign legal proceedings, in, for example, England, Germany, and Switzerland.


Representative Matters – As Arbitrator

Chairman of ICC arbitration involving claimed wrongful termination of exclusive distribution agreement and counterclaim for breach of contract damages between Singapore distributor and US software products supplier.

Emergency arbitrator in ICC case to address potential forfeiture of investment alleged to be valued at $100 million in natural resource development project.

Co-arbitrator in proceeding under the AAA international rules in $50 million supply chain dispute between US and Dutch parties concerning claims for breach of contract, fraud and breach of implied duty of good faith.

Sole arbitrator in ICC arbitration for breach of professional services agreement for consulting services, including alleged failures to pay for consulting services, and breaches of non-compete and confidentiality agreements.

Co-arbitrator in ICC arbitration in equipment purchase dispute in the mining industry.

Sole arbitrator in ICDR case under AAA commercial rules concerning ownership of patent applications and other intellectual property in the biofuels industry.

Sole arbitrator in ICDR arbitration involving claim by Wisconsin company against Chinese manufacturer alleging defective supply of products used in highway construction.

Sole arbitrator in ICDR arbitration between BVI insurer and US policyholder for amounts allegedly due following cancellation of insurance policy and reinsurance participation agreement.

Co-arbitrator in AAA arbitration of claim to enforce settlement agreement of environmental and employment claims between seller and purchaser of hazardous waste treatment and storage facility.

Sole arbitrator in ICDR arbitration by military subcontractor against supplier seeking damages resulting from sale of computer chips alleged to be counterfeit.

Chaired AAA commercial rules arbitration between telecommunications equipment and services supplier and cell phone and internet services provider in dispute arising from contract for sale of equipment and services to upgrade wireless network.

Chaired arbitration under AAA international rules relating to monetary claims by former chairman of the board for allegedly improper termination.

Sole arbitrator in AAA employment rules arbitration between Indiana manufacturer, Bahrain company and former president and CEO in dispute regarding compensation and other benefits due following termination.