Mediation in Today's News

September 2016

Top Reasons to Mediate Employment Disputes

As an employment attorney and mediator, I believe mediation is a good alternative to protracted employment litigation. Below are the top reasons why. read


Aging Care and In-Home Care Issues Among Family May Be Resolved Using Mediators

Elder care mediators may help families resolve disputes or misunderstandings to find the best solution for those in need. read


Controversial debate topics concerning mandatory mediation under Italian law

On March 24, 2016 the Court of Verona issued an Order which deals with the following controversial topics, both related to mandatory mediation procedure set forth in Legislative Decree no. 28 of 2010: the purpose of the first mediation session and the relationship between mediation and cross-claim. read


Getting Through the 6 Stages of Mediation

Mediation is not a single event, not a one-time meeting where magically issues are resolved. Rather, mediation is a process that occurs with very predictable steps. read


Mediator enlisted for Ashland Board of Health amid tension

Months-long tension on the Board of Health has manifested itself in long, public arguments, Open Meeting Law complaints, record requests and a recall campaign. Seeking an end to it, town officials are bringing in a professional mediator. read


Mediation effort produces guilty plea in 2015 7th Ward killing

Like so many gun deaths in New Orleans, Gregory Journee's was both senseless and avoidable. How it was resolved Monday (Sept. 19) in an Orleans Parish courtroom was possibly groundbreaking. read


Greenville PD offering "mediation" for citizen complaints

How police interact with the minority community is getting close attention across the nation. Now, the Greenville Police Department is offering a solution for any citizen who has a complaint about a police officer. It’s called “police mediation” and it’s the first program of its kind in South Carolina. read


Pope to Mediate Talks Between Venezuelan Government, Opposition

Pope Francis agreed Thursday to be a mediator between the Venezuelan government and the opposition to help achieve a resolution to the current political crisis in the South American nation. read


County headed to mediation, again, over Smith Lake boat ramp

The Cullman County Commission is headed back to mediation in a legal dispute with a Crane Hill marina over who has exclusive rights to a Smith Lake boat launch. read


Is mediation the answer to workplace bullying?

While workplace bullying will usually warrant some sort of investigation, there may be other, more effective options for HR. read


Divorce mediator busted for husband kidnapping plot

A Monsey divorce mediator was arrested and charged with helping a rabbi plot the kidnapping of a man who refused to give his poor wife an Orthodox Jewish divorce, also known as a “get.” read


Resolving eldercare issues

When elderly people encounter changes that bring stress and challenges to their lives and those of family members, mediation provides an opportunity for all concerned to participate in a safe, respectful and moderated conversation where differences can be discussed, information gathered and agreements reached. read


Time to call in the mediator

An organisation should look to engage an independent mediator or facilitator when: the issues are long-standing; the issues are complex; there is a risk of an adverse action; the disputants request one; and if internal resolution attempts have not worked. read


Ohio public-records mediation a smart move for state and its citizens: editorial

The Ohio legislature deserves a thumbs-up for giving citizens a way to dig into public records without forcing them to dig deep into their pockets. Under Substitute Senate Bill 321, citizens denied public records by a government entity in Ohio will be able to opt for a $25 mediation process through the Ohio Court of Claims instead of having to file a lawsuit and thereby forcing the government to defend itself in court. read


Caesars Bankruptcy Mediator Abruptly Resigns

Words hurt and the mediator overseeing Caesars Entertainment Operating Co (CEOC) negotiations with its creditor constituencies proved it today when he resigned from his role, saying he was “struck” by bankruptcy court Judge A. Benjamin Goldgar’s response to his mediation efforts and that he “can’t continue.” read


A divorce mediator answers: Can divorced parents just act like parents?

I want divorced parents to just act like parents, so their kids can be just kids, not “children of divorce” or “children from broken homes.” I hate labels that define children by something that happened to their parents’ romantic relationship. read


Mediator Assigned After Makeup Artists at Fox News Claim They Were Made to Watch Sexual Video

This week, federal judge Vernon Broderick appointed a mediator after a former Fox News hair/makeup artist filed a claim against the network for discrimination. Three hair and makeup artists filed their original complaint with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.  read


Traveling service offers mediation

Holly E. Poulin has opened a traveling mediation service in central Vermont. The Mediation Service will serve families, communities and small businesses in Lamoille, Washington, Orange and Chittenden counties. read


Malta: Proposals for extension of mediation services

The Justice Ministry has issued a White Paper with proposals aimed at making mediation a more effective instrument for conflict resolution by ordinary citizens. Mediation services will also be extended to cover disputes involving rents. read


Quarry lawsuit in La Grange to go to mediation

A lawsuit that has cast doubt on the future of a multimillion dollar flood control project proposed in La Grange is going to mediation. read


Germany Makes Request for EU Mediation in Fiat Emissions Dispute

The European Commission said Germany requested that it mediate a dispute with Italy over whether Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV’s vehicles breached emissions rules. read


Mediation brings guilty pleas from two former employees in Lewiston embezzlement case

Two former employees of a Lewiston helicopter company who police say embezzled more than $200,000 from their employer entered guilty pleas Tuesday in Lewiston's 2nd District Court as part of plea agreements brought about by several months of mediation. read


SolarWorld and Hemlock to hold mediation conference to explore 'settlement' possibilities

SolarWorld and Hemlock are set to hold a mediation conference on 19 September following SolarWorld being ordered to pay Hemlock damages amounting US $793 million plus costs and interest in July. read


Mediation has made it into pop music!

Listen to Aluna George sing "Mediator." To say AlunaGeorge’s journey so far has been ‘unusual’ would be a mighty understatement. read


Police investigation into Bath officer's cannabis comments 'resolved through mediation'

A police investigation into a Bath officer's comments on cannabis has been 'resolved' - but the complainant is far from satisfied. Avon and Somerset Police investigated a complaint about PC Adge Secker's remarks about the cannabis industry after the Independent Police Complaints Commission ruled the force was wrong to dismiss it. read


Hospital wants mediation, fact finding with nurses

The San Benito Health Care District Board last week directed Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital administration to begin a fact-finding process and mediation with the California Nurses Association over a 14-month contract dispute. read


Bar of NI secures home for specialist mediation centre in Belfast city centre

“This development is a positive step to offer local businesses and individuals’ quality, local dispute resolution. Successful mediation allows parties to mutually arrive at a blend of legal and non-legal solutions suited to their needs and we will be offering a suite of services.” read


What I Did On My Summer Vacation OR 20 Things I Learned About Divorce Mediation

As a divorced mom and parent coach, one of the things I feel passionate about is helping divorced couples co-parent to the ultimate benefit of their children. So among the many things I did this summer was to take a week to focus on my own education before I hustled to launch my three young-adult children on their individual academic adventures. In short, I took the Divorce Mediation Skills Training Certificate Program at Northwestern University. read


AU Debt mediation Bill backs farmers against ‘overwhelming’ power of banks

THE State Government has introduced legislation it says will remove the “overwhelming power of the banks’’ in dealing with farmers. The Farm Business Debt Mediation Bill will provide farmers and credit providers with a formal process “for efficient and equitable’’ resolution of farm debt disputes and may allow for a farmer to remedy any previous default on their mortgage. read


Lawsuit Over Years-Denied Mosque Moves to Mediation

Mediation will begin late September to settle a federal lawsuit that accuses a New Jersey township of caving to anti-Muslim sentiment and blocking an Islamic group from building a mosque. read


Do You Bring an Expert to Mediation?

Just as with trial, mediation is all about being prepared. Bringing a settlement expert to mediation has a number of benefits beyond its part in building a comprehensive and robust settlement team. On the other hand, having an expert at this point may come with disadvantages in some cases. read

August 2016

Belfast barristers take mediation road to resolve differences

Belfast businessman Gareth Graham and vulture fund Cerberus used mediation to resolve their differences earlier this year. read


Antagonistic Mediators Can Make Resolving Disputes Easier

New research suggests that hostility from a third party — such as a mediator facilitating the dispute — can actually reduce conflict. We discovered that a mediator’s stern treatment of both parties causes adversaries to unite against the mediator, which increases their willingness and propensity to reach agreement. read


Settlement talks collapse in Yosemite National Park trademark clash

Efforts to settle the dispute between the federal government and Yosemite National Park’s former concessions company over trademarks have stalled, foreshadowing a potentially costly and time-consuming court battle. read


Mediation ordered in suit over autopsies in 8 Ohio killings

The Ohio Supreme Court wants a settlement to be reached in the case of a newspaper suing a coroner for autopsy records in the unsolved slayings of eight people. A complaint by The Columbus Dispatch that is before the court alleges the Pike County coroner is improperly withholding final autopsy records. The coroner says the autopsies are “confidential law enforcement investigatory records” that aren’t subject to public records laws. The court ordered the case to mediation. The Cincinnati Enquirer filed a similar lawsuit, which is also in mediation. read


Low crop prices mean jumps in farm mediation

Low commodity prices are forcing many farmers into difficult positions.  One choice is bankruptcy.  Others turn to the help of a mediator to negotiate with creditors. The number of mediations is up by 20 percent this year in Minnesota. In Iowa, the number has been steadily rising since the 2013-14 fiscal year, up to 525 in 2015-16. read


Bernards, Islamic Society headed to mediation

A federal lawsuit over a township's denial of a proposed mosque starting is heading to mediation next month. US Magistrate Lois Goodman ruled Friday that the lawsuit between the Islamic Society of Basking Ridge and township will be mediated by retired US District Judge Joel Pisano. read


Scammers posing as local mediation center during call

It seems like a new phone scam pops up every day. Now, police say scammers are posing as a local mediation organization to get personal information from people in Lincoln. read


Second lawsuit filed in KSU rape case sent to mediation

In response to the second lawsuit former Kent State softball player Lauren Kesterson filed against the university earlier this month, the Ohio Supreme Court has ordered the case to mediation. read


Avoid Tragic Ending: Start With a Negotiated Farewell and Divorce Mediation

When divorce seems like the best and only option, spouses can dramatically impact the quality of their divorce process by initiating the divorce using a strategy called the Negotiated Farewell. read


Lawsuit against Transportation Secretary Foxx headed to mediation

A lawsuit alleging U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx performed little to no work in a past job at defunct Charlotte bus maker DesignLine is heading to mediation. read


Boston officers say no to mediation program

It's been almost a year since the Boston Police Department began its mediation program and not a single complaint against an officer has been mediated. read


Midwives agree to mediation on pay parity

New Zealand Midwives have agreed to negotiate with the government over gender pay parity, just days out from a scheduled court case. read


The Magic Word That Makes You Seem Extra Persuasive

research suggests that when you’re thinking about how to phrase your ask, there may be a magic word that makes it seem that much more doable: willing. As in, “Are you willing to do XYZ?” read


After suicides, nonprofit giving peer mediation training to Livingston schools

The Livingston community was hit hard earlier this year. Folks were left reeling from the suicide deaths of two teenagers and two adults within weeks of one another. In response to that crisis, a grassroots effort called the #WeWillListen campaign began. Now #WeWillListen is partnering with Bozeman’s Community Mediation Center to sponsor a training for school administrators, teachers and staff to help bring peer mediation into Park County schools with suicide prevention as the driving goal. read


A new path for resolving condominium disputes

The alternative dispute resolution (ADR) community and others appreciate the opportunities that mediation and arbitration provide to preserve relationships and offer win-win solutions for conflicting parties. The big hope is that the Protecting Condominium Owners Act’s regulations and Condominium Authority will provide the long-awaited and much-needed direction to these processes that is lacking in the current legislation. read


Kazakhstan: Mediation As A Modern Means For Settlement Of Conflicts

When did the definition "mediation" appear for the first time? read


WPI, raped student agree to mediation in lawsuit against school

Both sides in a pending civil lawsuit against Worcester Polytechnic Institute have agreed to try to resolve the legal dispute through mediation, and without the necessity of a trial. read


Mexico Reaches an Important Milestone in Mediation

In early 2015, the Mexican presidency assigned the Centro de Investigacion y Docencia Economicas, a public research and education institution, to lead the Dialogues for Everyday Justice. Its purpose is to study, engage the participation of different stakeholders and ultimately generate a diagnosis to improve access to justice and the resolution of common and everyday conflicts. read


A mediator's view of presidential choices

When people with a conflict come to a mediator they are often like voters who favor distinctly different candidates—say Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. read