Mediation in Today's News

April 2016

Focus: Time to re-evaluate the Ontario Mandatory Mediation Program

It’s been a long time since there was an evaluation of the effectiveness of the Ontario Mandatory Mediation Program. Even though new areas of law fall under the program and the volume of court claims has increased, the number of mediations and mediators in the program has declined. read


Mediation continues over Duck River delay

Cullman Utilities Board officials met in executive session Friday to discuss mediation and arbitration with contractor ASI Constructors, in regards to the Duck River Dam project. Construction on the dam, spillway and intake structure are now 95 percent complete — and less than 60 days from total completion. read


Mediation role behind focus of Swiss-Russian talks

Swiss Foreign Minister Didier Burkhalter has emphasised Switzerland’s mediation role at talks with his Russian counterpart in Moscow focused on resolving conflicts in Syria, Ukraine and Georgia. read


Mediation moves ahead in Georgia-Florida 'water wars' case

Top layers of Georgia government, including Gov. Nathan Deal’s office, have participated in recent efforts to settle the latest dispute in a decadeslong “water wars” with Florida. The two states have participated in an 8-hour, in-person mediation session. read


“Significant headway” is being made with mediation talks between Harbourside and Jupiter

“Significant headway is being made” in the mediation talks between Harbourside Place and Jupiter in their ongoing legal dispute over music in the entertainment center’s amphitheatre, according to a Friday memo from Town Manager Andy Lukasik. read


First Criminal Mediation Case Successful in Missoula, Deputy County Attorney Reports

In February, KGVO reported the Missoula County Attorney’s office pursuing the possibility of using mediation in criminal cases, a process that may have never been used in Montana. Missoula Chief Deputy County Attorney Jason Marks said the first criminal mediation case was successful this week. read


Ag Mediation: An Important Resource for Challenging Times

The New Hampshire Agricultural Mediation Program has been helping farmers resolve farm loan and credit problems since 2011. read


Humboldt Mediation Services achieves world peace

April 1 - Humboldt Mediation Services was as surprised as anyone when major Middle East countries consented to a structured series of conflict resolution sessions at the Arcata Community Center. The talks culminated with all known armaments being dumped into the Mediterranean Sea. read


Brazilian judge trains clergy to mediate domestic disputes

A pioneering mediation program in Brazil is banking on religious leaders using their conciliatory skills to resolve conflicts between families and neighbors, while helping the judicial system reduce a massive backlog of cases overloading the country’s courts. read


Mediation to begin in capital murder case

A visiting judge is will attempt to mediate issues between the prosecution and the defense attorney in connection with a Hunt County capital murder case.  read


Mediator to join goat scrum

A cheesemaker and neighbors complaining about the smell of her goats’ manure have agreed to seek a mediator, as she tries to stifle the smell by hauling the manure to a composter each time she mucks out the stalls. read


St. Jude seeks mediation with City of Miami after historic designation

An attorney for St. Jude Melkite Catholic Church notified the city of Miami Thursday that the institution will seek to mediate a dispute over whether the its Brickell sanctuary should be protected as a historic landmark. read


Teach mediation to all and reap the benefits

As I look to the forthcoming Scottish Parliament election, I’ve been asking myself what would “More mediation – Now” look like. read


Getting a divorce? Why one family court judge advocates mediation

Mediation is less costly than separate representation -- and educates couples about the court process: Their options, child issues, financial issues, legal concerns and legal effects of decisions so they can make their own agreements. read

March 2016

Family's lawsuit in deputy-involved shooting to go to mediation

The family of Loren Benjamin Simpson, who was fatally shot last year by Yellowstone County sheriff’s deputies, and Yellowstone County will enter into mediation to try to settle a federal civil lawsuit against the county. read


University of Calgary and Students' Union agree to further extension for mediation on Mac Hall

The University of Calgary and the Students’ Union agreed Thursday to extend the mediation period to April 15, 2016 at 5 p.m. with regards to ownership and an agreement to maintain the Students’ Union’s management of Mac Hall. read


Elder mediation can help families resolve conflicts

Are there any services that you know of that help families resolve caregiving conflicts? My mother — who just turned 82 — recently had a stroke, and to make matters worse, my two siblings and I have been perpetually arguing about how to handle her caregiving needs and finances. — Bickering Siblings read


Dartmouth to Enter Mediation Over Contamination

Dartmouth College is scheduled to enter mediation in early May with a family whose well was contaminated by chemicals from the Rennie Farm, the school’s former burial ground for lab animals. read


Mediation scheduled in Orioles, Nationals TV rights fee dispute

Unble to reach agreement over tens of millions of dollars in fees for the right to televise games, the Orioles and the Washington Nationals are going to pursue help from an umpire of sorts to try to resolve a dispute that has lasted more than four years. read


CT Probate Judges Urged to Use Mediation More Often in Emotionally Charged Cases

While probate court judges routinely hold hearings and issue decisions, probate courts also offer mediation, a chance for the parties to resolve their disputes amicably and in a less formal setting. The state's probate court leadership is pushing for more cases to be resolved this way. read


Seventh Circuit Reinforces Importance of Memorializing Agreements in Mediation

The fact remains that the act of putting pen to paper, ribbon to page, or transmitting bits in a particular fashion (the complicated subsurface of modern technology foils us here), all to memorialize the meeting of the minds, is a significant—and consequential—step. read


Overton Park/Zoo parking issues flare up as mediation continues

This flashpoint issue had fallen off the radar as mediation was being quietly pursued. But it came back Tuesday, when a dramatic photo of cars on the Greensward (see above) was published by David Lindsey on the public Facebook group Stop Hurting Overton Park and then more widely shared on social media. read


Mediator appointed in capital murder case

A Texas state district judge has been appointed to help work out the differences between the prosecution and the defense in connection with a Hunt County capital murder case. read


Farm debt mediation schism between Australia and New Zealand

With milk prices so low, many dairy farms are tipped to fail under their debt burdens. Mediation could give farmers a lifeline. read


Corporates becoming mediation 'connoisseurs'

Commercial clients are being increasingly strategic about their choice of dispute resolution methods. read


New scheme will subsidise cost of IP mediation disputes

Companies which opt for mediation in intellectual property disputes will soon be able to benefit from subsidies under a new scheme. The IP Mediation Promotion Scheme will fund up to $5,500 of the costs of each mediation case. read


Nevada Supreme Court Holds That Failure to Comply With Contract's Mediation Provision Bars a Suit on the Contract

In MB America, Inc., v. Alaska Pacific Leasing Company, the Nevada Supreme Court was presented with an appeal from an order granting a summary judgment in the defendant’s favor because the plaintiff had not first submitted the parties’ dispute to mediation as required by their contract. The Supreme Court affirmed the lower court’s decision and its award of attorney’s fees to the defendant. read


Mediation: A Potential Savior

How Condos and Co-ops Can Save Time, Money, and Face.


Mediation Can Accelerate Cleanup

Alternative dispute resolution should be actively promoted by the courts, environmental agencies and lawyers. read


SAVVY SENIOR: Elder mediation can help families resolve caregiving conflicts

Dear Savvy Senior, Are there any services that you know of that help families resolve caregiving conflicts? read


Forced arbitration clauses might be on the way out

If you have a credit card, you have been forced to kiss away your constitutional right to sue the card issuer. But it’s looking increasingly likely that this is about to change. read


Fijians can now seek mediation services

Fijians, who have been tangled in a dispute for a long time and had no means to take the matter to court, can now get justice by mediation services facilitated by the Fiji Mediation Centre. read


5 Insane But True Facts About High Conflict Divorce

1. High Conflict Divorce is expensive! Mediation is the least expensive option, at a typical cost of $6,600. Collaborative law costs average $19,723 while full-scale divorce litigation average, $77,746. read


Syria's peace talks need more women at the table

Sweden’s minister for foreign affairs is supporting women to participate in discussions to end the conflict in Syria. read


The business of peace in Africa

In Africa and the Middle East, political parties, rebel movements and even governments are run on a business model. Money can’t buy anything or anyone, but without cash flow and a sharp set of business skills, any political entrepreneur will quickly fall by the wayside. read


Peace Talks! Madonna Negotiating ‘Secret Settlement’ With Ex Guy Ritchie

Agreement reached in mediation.  Singer's estranged teen son to return to America for school year, spend summers and holidays in UK. read


Memphis Zoo and Overton Park to begin mediation today

the Memphis Zoo and Overton Park will begin mediation to find a long-term solution for parking in the area. The battle over parking has been ongoing. read


Mediation helps families solve conflict with elderly parents

Mediation can help siblings and relatives make sound decisions about how to care for an elderly family member because end-of-life care is a topic that many families do not discuss, says one expert. read


Theatre expertise helps court mediation

Theatre practitioners are experts in hearing and telling stories and that's exactly what courts need in mediation proceedings. read


Unreasonably refusing to engage in mediation: at what cost?

The court has the power to impose costs penalties on parties who refuse to mediate. The case of Halsey v Milton Keynes General NHS Trust provides a non-exhaustive list of considerations to determine whether or not a successful party acted reasonably in refusing to mediate. read


Pre-litigation mediation will save our courts

I envision a world where a person who feels wronged first calls a mediator, not a lawyer. The emotions and energies that typify the outset of a conflict can be brought to bear in its resolution, not in expanding the dispute. It is like working with steel: It is much easier to mold when molten ore than after it has cooled and hardened. read


A guide to settling Mine Safety and Health Administration cases through mediation

The most useful service a Commission mediator supplies is knowledgeable, third party insight into the case. Consider requesting a mediator when parties reach an impasse in settlement negotiations; it may save you the cost and aggravation of a hearing. read


Divorce mediator helped navigate new field for Oregon

After nearly 30 years, Deschutes County mediator David Hakenson is retiring after helping to birth and grow divorce mediation services in Oregon. read


Court Enforces Hand-Shake Deal in Mediation

Agreements reached during court-appointed mediation are just as binding as court-sanctioned settlements. For example, the parties in a recent patent-infringement suit ostensibly reached a settlement during mediation, only for one party to recant days later. Giving weight to the neutral-mediator’s view that a settlement had in fact been reached, the Court rejected the recanting party’s about-face and sanctioned it. read


Goa Law students organize flash mobs on Alternative Dispute Resolution

With the aim of creating awareness about the power of mediation, members of legal-aid cell of VM Salgaocar College of Law, Panaji held flash mobs at around 24 venues in North Goa to spread the word of alternate dispute resolution. read


Mediation breaks the cycle of early death and homelessness

“We have come a long way, but more needs to be done, by working together we can change the culture of Scotland and normalise mediation as a tool to resolve conflict - before another young person becomes a statistic, or dies prematurely.” read


Dartmouth agrees to mediation with couple whose well water was contaminated by animal cemetery

A couple whose well-water has been contaminated by a nearby animal cemetery owned by Dartmouth College hopes to sit down soon with the college’s lawyers for a mediation session. A chemical from the former animal burial ground used by Dartmouth College Medical School has seeped into the private well. read


BigLaw lawyers sanctioned for advising Shaquille O'Neal he didn't need to attend mediation in person

A federal judge in Fort Lauderdale has sanctioned two BigLaw lawyers for advising their client, Shaquille O’Neal, that he didn’t need to personally attend a mediation session. U.S. District Judge James Cohn ordered (PDF) the lawyers to pay $13,000 to cover mediation costs for the plaintiff who sued O’Neal for allegedly ridiculing his looks. read

February 2016

Egyptian MP invites Israeli ambassador to dinner to discuss Israeli mediation in Nile dispute

A member of the Egyptian parliament, Tawfik Okasha, has invited the Israeli ambassador in Cairo to a dinner at his house to discuss the option of Israeli mediation in Egypt's Nile dispute with Ethiopia, Egyptian media has reported. read


Helena diocese finds mediation cuts bankruptcy costs

Bishop George Thomas of Helena, Montana, told the National Catholic Reporter that a conciliatory approach toward sex-abuse victims helped to minimize the expenses associated with the bankruptcy process. read


Statement from Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority Chair Regarding Mediation Settlement

We think we have reached a sensible resolution of those issues, and we're pleased to present to the Board for its consideration a settlement agreement that could not only resolve the existing claims of $16.8 million, but also creates a process that responsibly resolves an estimated $9 million-$12 million in future claims numbers, read