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10/30: Judge Orders Mediation in Guardrail Lawsuit

Trinity Industries, a maker of highway guardrails that are suspected of having a dangerous defect, and a whistle-blower have been ordered to enter mediation after the company lost a $175 million verdict for defrauding the United States government. On Tuesday, a federal judge said Trinity and Joshua Harman, who filed the lawsuit on behalf of the Federal Highway Administration under the False Claims Act, must mediate their dispute by the end of the year. Last week, the company was found liable for fraud because it did not report changes to its ET-Plus guardrail system to federal authorities for years. The judge, Rodney Gilstrap, said that the mediator could invite the Justice Department and the Federal Highway Administration, which did not participate in the lawsuit, to be involved. read


10/30: Arbitrators Finally 'Get' E-discovery

For years, many proponents of arbitration have considered the cost and delays of discovery of electronically stored information (ESI) inconsistent with core principles of arbitration such as efficiency and cost-effectiveness. That view led many arbitral bodies and arbitrators to step only cautiously and slowly into the e-discovery realm. They were unsure of how to implement it until new rules were issued.  Domestic arbitral bodies, beset with criticisms of arbitration generally, have made and continue to make changes with regard to ESI. Both JAMS and the American Arbitration Association (AAA) now have protocols for e-discovery, as do several of the international arbitration providers. read


10/30: Six Tips for a Simple Divorce

Whatever the trigger for a couple taking such a step, divorce is never an easy or pleasant experience. But there are approaches which can make it more straightforward and somewhat less personally taxing, particularly if there are children involved. Mediation and collaborative law are two possible approaches. Here is a quick introduction to the areas you'll need to think about when deciding what the right approach is for you: read


10/30: Prevention is key to stopping bullying, several experts say

New research is showing that previous attempts to slow down bullying in schools are failing. New recommendations from some of the nation’s experts are changing the way many perceive the importance of prevention of bullying, rather than treating it after it begins. read


10/30: Arab Approaches for Conflict

Laura and Saeed discuss conflict resolution in the Arab world as it relates to political and ideological disputes. The conversation is based on a new book, "Arab Approaches for Conflict Resolution: Mediation, Negotiation and Settlement of Political Disputes." Guests include the book's authors, Director of Wayne State University's Center for Peace and Conflict Studies Fred Pearson and Adjunct faculty member at Wayne State and expert in Middle East conflict and inter-cultural conflict management Nahla Hamdan. read


10/30: Prepare for Mediation Success: Six Tips for Writing a Strong Brief

Writing a persuasive brief is one of the most important things an attorney can do to prepare for mediation of a business dispute. A good brief provides the opposing side with information they need to consider. Perhaps even more important though is an excellent brief that can help the mediator assist with successful resolution. Here are six tips. read


10/28: USDA Re-certifies North Dakota Mediation Service

Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring says the U.S. Department of Agriculture has recertified the North Dakota Mediation Service (NDMS) through Sept. 30, 2015. “USDA’s Farm Service Agency has informed me that the mediation service meets all federal statutory and regulatory requirements and will continue to receive federal funds for the coming year,” Goehring said. “This certification means North Dakota farmers and ranchers can call on NDMS to provide them with an affordable means of resolving disputes and often avoiding costly litigation.” NDMS handled more than 60 cases this past year. The cases included credit issues, landowner disputes and conflicts arising from energy development. read


10/28: How do I negotiate with my spouse's lawyer?

There’s plenty of guidance available to lawyers and judges on how to deal with an unrepresented litigant but I haven’t seen much out there aimed at unrepresented litigants themselves on how to deal with your ex’s lawyer and the judge in your case. Personally I think there is a need for such advice because it is increasingly common to find yourself up against a lawyer representing your ex, especially with the effective abolition last year of legal aid for private family law matters. read


10/27: Fighting Your Broker in Arbitration? Finra 'Judges' Give Some Tips

You may think you have an open-and-shut case against a stockbroker who's a 10 on the sleaze scale. But the arbitrators who hear cases against Wall Street's rogues say even investors with good cases can lose when they're not prepared for their hearings. A panel of four arbitrators spoke Thursday at the annual meeting of the Public Investors Arbitration Bar Association, a group of lawyers who represent investors who've been fleeced. They shared ideas about what works and what doesn't when investors look to be made whole after investment losses. Every investor has to agree to use arbitration run by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, rather than court, before he or she can open a brokerage account, so it's worth knowing what arbitrators want, and what turns them off. read


10/24: Teen's jail death lawsuit heads to mediation

The family of a teenager who died in police custody arrived in Jacksonville Thursday for a court-ordered mediation. Nineteen-year-old Daniel Linsinbigler asphyxiated while in custody at the Clay County Jail in March 2013 in a death that has since been ruled a homicide. His family filed a wrongful death lawsuit, and Friday's mediation session will be the first time a settlement has been broached. According to police reports, the teen was picked up March 2, 2013, after barging into hotel rooms at the Stay Inn Suites in Orange Park, where he was living. He had a history of mental illness, and apparently suffered a psychotic break after smoking a once-legal convenience store drug, known as K2 or Spice. "He made a choice to use synthetic marijuana," his mom Valerie Linsinbigler told First Coast News earlier this year, "and it landed him in jail." Daniel was arrested while running around naked, proclaiming he was Jesus Christ and charged with two misdemeanors. But as his mother notes, he ended up paying the ultimate price. read


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Katherine Graham
Bullying and Harassment – Evidence it Accounts for Sickness Absence (10/04/14)
Katherine Graham
For years, I’ve sought data on how much sickness absence is caused by workplace conflict. I know that conflict makes people go off sick with stress – but how could I prove this?

Donald Lloyd
Conflict Resolution Day is October 16, 2014 (10/01/14)
Donald Lloyd
ACR's original intention was for Conflict Resolution Day to be promoted by community centers around the country. The belief is that if the public has a better understanding and awareness of mediation, they will be more likely to hire a mediator. And the more mediators that are hired, the better for all of us!

Patricia Porter
What Happens on the Bus, Shouldn’t Stay on the Bus! (9/02/14)
Patricia Porter
With the start of 2014-2015 school year in full swing, children across the country will be boarding the school bus to arrive before the morning bell sounds. According to the National Highway Safety Administration, school buses are the safest mode of transportation for getting children back and forth to school. But how safe is a child from the other children inside of the bus? School bus bullying is becoming a growing concern among parents, school administrations, and bus drivers. According to the U.S. Department of Education 10 percent of school bullying occurs on the school bus. Stopbullying.gov defines bullying as “unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time.

Zena Zumeta
Pioneer Series: Evaluative Approach - Video (5/22/14)
Zena Zumeta
Zena Zumeta explains the difficulties she sees with using an evaluative approach. However, she sees how it can be useful in a dispute where there is a power imbalance.

Evan Ash
The Paradox of Creativity with Compassion in Mediation (5/10/14)
Evan Ash
Turn the other cheek, give more than is required, respond to the need of another person, all these when you may be faced with pain and loss. Do crazy things like love your enemy, pray for them? The great mystery is the power that comes from the paradoxes of life.

Jeff Thompson
Listening, Empathizing, and Building Negotiation Rapport to Handle Crisis (12/07/13)
Jeff Thompson
For professional negotiators, honing ones skills occurs through the sharing of best practices. Crisis negotiators gain valuable knowledge through every interaction and presentation, and learned that even if the negotiator arrives fully prepared and does everything right, the suspect might still harm himself or others.

Ken Johnson
Behind Bars and Behind the Gun (11/04/13)
Ken Johnson
Behind bars and behind the gun: Answers for America's juvenile justice problem and catabolic ommunity-based conflicts. With a rise of deaths, abuse cases, and other atrocities in the Juvenile Justice System there has been questioning as to whether the present paradigm of understanding is the most appropriate solution available for handling issues of wrong behavior by adolescents. Ultimately, the author urges communities to become more involved in the justice system to urge Collaborative Justice-based solutions in juvenile justice issues.

Jeffrey Krivis
The Argument As A Persuasive Tool In Negotiation (9/27/13)
Jeffrey Krivis
Argument has a significant role in the legal process, particularly in advancing motions and appellate procedure. Whether and to what extent it fits into a negotiation and mediation process is subject to debate.

Nick Redding
Individual Admiration for Dominant Groups (7/08/13)
Nick Redding
Does our admiration for powerful and dominant groups maintain the social hierarchy? This is the question explored in a recent a study. The stud authors describe previous research suggesting that emotions play a key role in the maintenance of relationships between groups, and more specifically, that emotions such as anger and admiration influence whether groups will challenge dominant groups within the social order.

Juliana Birkhoff
Reducing Citizen and Child Mass Shootings in the United States Using the Best Knowledge, Experience, and Practices From Conflict Resolution (12/20/12)
Juliana Birkhoff
Last Friday, mediators joined other citizens in the United States as they sat in shock and cried for the 26 people Adam Lanza killed in Sandy Hook, CT. Over the weekend, mediators hugged their children and friends, posted messages in Facebook, and called their families. On Monday, mediators commuted to work thinking, “What can we do”?   3 Comments

Vivian Scott
Poor Behavior 12: Lack of Openness or Honesty (5/21/12)
Vivian Scott
When people don’t know what’s happening they often get a movie going in their head that helps them explain the situation. The film versions they conjure up are rarely romantic comedies; rather, most resemble horror movies with terrible endings. A lack of honesty or openness at work can put everyone’s mental movie-making skills to the test.

Michael Jacobs
On Beating Bullies (5/14/12)
Michael Jacobs
Tackling bullying may involve a counter-intuitive approach. While naming and shaming may leave us feeling morally superior, it might also produce ever more subtle forms of bullying. This article argues that we need to encourage those of us who feel like kicking butts to ‘come in from the cold’.   3 Comments

Colin Rule
Suing Over an Online Review (1/30/12)
Colin Rule
‘A Dallas law firm has filed a lawsuit seeking to learn the identity of a commenter calling himself “Ben” who posted a bad online review. The Lenahan Law Firm claims defamation and seeks $50,000 in damages, Texas Lawyer reports. Partner Wes Black says the suit will allow the law firm to subpoena Google to learn the commenter’s identity.

Peter T. Coleman
Dismantling Systems of Bullying (11/28/11)
Peter T. Coleman
Bullying is a public health problem that affects 20% to 30% of students on a daily basis and is associated with depression, suicidal thoughts, substance abuse and a decreased sense of empathy for others. It is also a common problem in other adult workplaces.


The Power of Language and Its Impacts (6/19/11)
Clive Johnson, Jackie Keddy
Simply uttering a single word (and sometimes by not saying anything at all) or just presenting a certain look can send a strong message, whether or not the sender’s intention has been interpreted correctly.


Communication Styles and Manager Choices (5/02/11)
Clive Johnson, Jackie Keddy
Managers, as much as anyone else, can choose from a variety of ways for communicating with another individual.   2 Comments

Lorraine Segal
Bullying Can Cause Lasting Injury But There Is Hope (12/13/10)
Lorraine Segal
According to a recent article in the Boston Globe, brain scans of teens who have been repeatedly bullied revealed the same changes as those who have been physically or sexually abused. In some individuals, the negative changes persisted years later.

Bill Eddy
Dealing With Defensiveness In High Conflict People (11/22/10)
Bill Eddy
When most people think of high conflict people (HCPs), they think of bad behavior. The goal seems to be to get them to STOP their bad behavior, by verbally motivating them to have insights into how bad they are acting. However, the high conflict behavior of HCPs is not driven by logic and self-awareness. If you don’t understand this and don’t accept this, you will waste your time arguing for insights and miss your opportunities to calm them down and set real limits on their behavior.   35 Comments

John Crawley
Mishandling Bullying And Harassment Will Hijack The Diversity And Inclusion Agenda (9/13/10)
John Crawley
A crisis is brewing as two reports predict a potential surge in bullying and harassment grievances at work, and a lack of confidence in the ability of management (particularly in the public sector) to handle bullying and harassment, conflict and relationship issues[1]. Bad practice on bullying and harassment and relationship issues will undermine employees’ and customers’ confidence in diversity and inclusion initiatives[2]. The cost of mishandling these will also divert time and money away from building relationships and engagement through diverse workforces.

Jeff Thompson
Bullying Responses (8/23/10)
Jeff Thompson
A new book by an Australian expert on bullying in schools has set out six methods used by teachers to tackle this scourge of the playground.

Alan Sharland
What Is A Bully? (8/09/10)
Alan Sharland
How a commonly used word is often not explored to clarify what is meant when someone uses it - and how that lack of clarity can lead to powerlessness.   5 Comments

Tim Kingsbury
Is It Time To Stop ‘Bullying’? (7/12/10)
Tim Kingsbury
I’ve been thinking for a while that the term ‘bullying’ may be becoming less and less useful. We all know it goes on around us, we all know people who have been damaged by it, and the scale of workplace bullying is worrying. To give just one indication of scale, at a recent conference[1] Gill Dix of ACAS said that the ACAS Helpline receives 74,000 calls annually about bullying and harassment.

Albie Davis
Albie Davis: Mediating With Bullies - Video (10/11/09)
Albie Davis
Albie Davis explains that she is okay with mediating with bullies and describes different types of bullies.

Clarence Cramer
Clarence Cramer: Courts and Domestic Violence - Video (4/12/09)
Clarence Cramer
Clarence Cramer discusses when a court should get involved in a case that involves domestic violence.

Bill Eddy
Yes, No or I'll Think About It (11/24/08)
Bill Eddy
Whether in a divorce, a workplace dispute, or a conflict with a neighbor, it’s easy to get caught up in defending our own behavior and point of view. This is especially true when we are dealing with a high conflict person.

Bill Eddy
Bullies At Work (10/14/08)
Bill Eddy
Workplace bullying is a growing international problem. It is more than a one-time incident. It is a pattern of behavior between a bully and another worker which can demoralize, isolate and trigger illness in the target of the bully.   38 Comments

Victoria Pynchon
"B" is for Bully Update: Mom Indicted for MySpace Bullying Leading to Teen's Suicide (5/19/08)
Victoria Pynchon
I've blogged several times about bullying, both here and over at the IP ADR Blog.  We learned from Forbes.com today that federal prosecutors are seeking an indictment against the mom we wrote about here for her alleged role in an online hoax that caused a 13-year old girl to commit suicide.  Here's the link with an excerpt below:  Indictment sought in MySpace cyberbullying case.LOS ANGELES - Federal prosecutors are seeking an indictment against a Missouri mother for her...

Victoria Pynchon
"B" is for Bully: The ABC's of Conflict Resolution (5/05/08)
Victoria Pynchon
Here’s another familiar character. This is the kid who shook you down for your lunch money on the elementary school playground. The one who taunted you in gym whenever you failed to pass the basketball to the only guy able to sink it. The swaggering bad boy who threw the “dodge” ball in your face and then fell down laughing. But don't be fooled by ribbons and curls.  Boys aren't the only bullies in town.  There’s no bully quite so deadly as the high school ...

Diane J. Levin
Workplace violence blog committed to making employees safer (2/11/08)
Diane J. Levin
PART27.com, a web site dedicated to providing resources that help organizations, companies, and agencies create safer workplaces, also publishes Workplace Violence, a blog that delivers news and links to resources for employers and others seeking ways to address and prevent violence at work. Among the stories covered recently are: “Bullying bad for business“ “Bullied at work: practice costs productivity, health” and New European report highlights emerging...

Diane J. Levin
The Answer is Still No to 'Getting to Yes': What One Conservative Commentator Says About the Anti-Bullying Movement (4/16/07)
Diane J. Levin
Recently I looked at why the world--or least America--has not yet gotten to yes. I described the cultural forces that resist mightily the logic and common sense of principled negotiation and are deeply distrustful of peacebuilding, collaboration, and dialogue.I offer you yet one more example: a transcript of right-wing radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh's comments on a recently released study on workplace bullying.Here's a sample--and it's classic Limbaugh all the way:There's nothing new in any ...


When Mediators Turn a Blind Eye to Bullying (9/18/06)
Barb Hastings
Bullying isn't allowed in or around school anymore. Yet it is common practice in the legal profession. What is surprising to me is that mediators seem to turn a blind eye to it. They accept it as a part of the process.   6 Comments

Robert Benjamin
The Mediator as Moralist Bully (4/30/05)
Robert Benjamin
As a presenter, I’d always wondered when I would be found out—maybe this audience would discover that I was living a lie: when I was a child I had been a bully. That’s not all. There are times I could qualify for being ‘abusive,’ certainly ‘passive-aggressive,’ and even that new descriptor that effortlessly rolls off the tongues of so many of my colleagues, the “Narcissistic Personal Disorder.” That fit me too. Would they see it?   6 Comments


Workplace Violence: Paranoid or Prepared? (3/08/02)
Kimberly Larsen
Workplace Violence costs American employers not only in dollars and cents, but also in a significant loss in productivity. It is estimated that American businesses lose approximately 36 billion dollars per year as a result of workplace violence. This figure includes monetary costs from lost productivity, legal fees, settlement costs and jury verdicts. Out-of-court settlements for lawsuits arising out of workplace violence average $500,000, with jury verdicts averaging about $3 million.

Lynne McClure
Violence and Harassment In The Workplace: The 10 Most Common Mistakes Companies Make (3/07/01)
Lynne McClure
Read what nationally acclaimed consultant Dr McClure has to say about workplace harassment and violence. Employers are more liable -- and less prepared -- than many of them realize. Forum Discussion   3 Comments

Jeanne Asherman
Decreasing Violence Through Conflict Resolution Education In Schools (2/15/01)
Jeanne Asherman
In an effort to address the fear of parents, “Zero Tolerance Policies” are being applied in schools in such a way as to penalize minor conflicts. Research has consistently shown conflict resolution training to be a far more effective means of decreasing violence. This article concludes that schools can not avoid being involved in teaching children methods of conflict resolution and have a responsibility to consciously insure that appropriate methods are being taught.   7 Comments

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