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Mediation News
July 2016

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


Bottini challenge to New Hamburg traffic laws heads to mediator

For months, a group of New Hamburg residents fought against a sudden surge of heavy truck traffic rumbling through their hamlet hard by the Hudson River. Their efforts prompted the Poughkeepsie town board to pass laws restricting that traffic, which in turn sparked a lawsuit filed by Bottini Fuel, the local, family-owned company those laws affected. Now, the residents are concerned a process that has played out in public — either in town hall or federal court — is about to veer into secret negotiations. read


Federal judge assigns mediator in $86 million Uptown drainage lawsuit

A federal judge has assigned a mediator to help resolve the estimated $86 million dispute between Uptown residents and the New Orleans Sewerage & Water Board over ground-shaking drainage work on four thoroughfares. read


Former Ethics Panel Lawyer's Retaliation Suit Ordered to Mediation

A lawsuit filed by the former staff attorney for the Georgia ethics commission is headed to mediation. The state paid Elisabeth Murray-Obertein $477,000 in 2014 to settle a whistleblower suit she filed against the agency and its former director, Holly LaBerge. Later that year, Murray-Obertein filed a second suit against the agency, accusing LaBerge of maligning her in the media. read


Details, mediation coming on Sarasota Lift Station 87 project

Construction on the city's long-awaited Lift Station 87 project will restart next week. As construction finally begins again on the project, the fight over the problems that delayed construction in 2011 could be coming to a close. Mediation has been scheduled for Sept. 7 and 8 in the city's lawsuit against the project's original engineering and construction firms. read


Negotiating in Mediation: Why Did We Stop Talking?

A successful mediation typically depends upon three key steps: engaging the client on why and when to mediate; actively engaging the adversary prior to the mediation; and advocating at the mediation session itself. read


Falmouth board OKs mediation to resolve turbine lawsuits

The town will begin talks with neighbors of two municipal wind turbines in an attempt to find a solution to the nine lawsuits pending in various courts over the operation of the machines. read


Venezuela agrees to Vatican mediation help

The Venezuelan government has agreed to let the Vatican help mediate its long-running dispute with opposition leaders, the UNASUR regional group said on Thursday. read


Mediation Ordered in Sandra Bland Death Case

A federal judge has ordered mediation for a lawsuit filed by the mother of Sandra Bland, the black woman whose death in a Texas jail cell last summer incited months of protests. read


Springfield's Commonwealth Academy, Boston's Commonwealth School headed to mediation over name dispute

Boston's Commonwealth School and Springfield's Commonwealth Academy are again headed to the negotiation table over their name dispute, after the failure of initial talks led to a $2 million lawsuit and allegations of elitism and trademark violations. read


State Center developer, state head to mediation over long-delayed project

Mediation is expected to begin later this month between the developer of the long-stalled $1.5 billion State Center project and the state of Maryland with the hope of moving the project forward. read


Mediation of abuse claims fair, efficient

As a mediator for more three decades, I have helped resolve some of the nation’s most protracted, complex and emotional disputes. I certainly place my recent mediation of the Penn State University/Jerry Sandusky sexual abuse claims in that category. read


Capable Conversations in American Society: Time for a National Mediation Act

Please join Mediate.com in recognizing the importance of most capable conversations and mediation by completing this form supporting a National Mediation Act. read


Lagos Mediation centre resolves 11, 912 disputes in 6 months

The Lagos State Citizens Mediation Centre, CMC, says it has been able to resolve 11,912 disputed cases among residents of Lagos in the last six months. read


How Tough-Guy Mediators Can Turn "Them" into "Us"

A new study in Management Science suggests that in certain situations hostility from the mediator can prompt adversaries to come to an agreement. “When a mediator is hostile, those in conflict see the mediator as a common enemy,” read


The TV show Call the Mediator is revealing on love turned sour

Anybody who is considering divorce should first take a look at the new BBC2 series Mr v Mrs: Call the Mediator, which goes behind the doors of a string of national family mediation centres. read


2 sides agree to mediation in Yosemite naming rights case

The legal battle over the trademarking of several names inside Yosemite National Park may be settled soon. read


Mediation can lower the costs of divorce

Costs can be kept lower by utilizing mediation. In mediation, a neutral third party (on occasion two mediators) sits with the parties to the divorce and asks for their responses to a series of questions about assets and liabilities, the family home, parenting agreements for their children and other pertinent matters. This at-the-table work can be hard for people who are in a divorce, but the benefits are not only a lowered cost but also the fact that they design their agreement. read


There's a difference between arbitration, mediation

To start, I couldn’t agree more that mediation can be complicated and the quality, knowledge and professionalism of the mediator are usually the most important components to a successful mediation. read


Caesars Mediation Continues, With Warning From Judge

In the dispute over Caesars Entertainment Operating Co.’s $18 billion restructuring, one side is making a “big miscalculation,” according to the judge overseeing the chapter 11 case. read


Mediator for energy projects hearing more cases than ever

The number of reviews conducted by an obscure Department of Defense office in connection with private energy projects near military bases is skyrocketing, data shows. read


Alexa again shows Mediate.com Top Mediator Directory Site

A July 3 report from Alexa again shows Mediate.com to be the dominant mediator directory website.  NADN is now in a distant second place.  read


Mediation possible in Robertson County jail suicide lawsuit

A private mediation could be in the works for a $10 million lawsuit filed against Robertson County by the family of a robbery suspect who committed suicide in the county jail more than three years ago. read


Kyle Odom case going to mediation in Coeur d'Alene pastor shooting

Kyle Odom, the man who shot Coeur d'Alene pastor Tim Remington six times amidst delusional claims about Martian overlords ruling the Earth, will not stand trial for the shooting.  A Kootenai County judge had signed an order of mediation in his case. Under Idaho criminal law, any party or court can initiate a mediation “to resolve some or all of the issues presented in the case.”  read

June 2016

Couples on new BBC reality show about mediation are mocked on Twitter

Warring couples on new BBC reality show about mediation are mocked on social media as they feud over their finances. read


First Black Federal Mediator Can Pursue Bias Claim

The first person of color to be hired as a mediator at the National Mediation Board can pursue race and age discrimination claims against the agency, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia has ruled. read


'Why mediation is better than litigation'

Mediation is a good development and has effectively decongested the courts. It is faster, cheaper, provides a win-win situation and maintenance of relationship. It provides a relaxed atmosphere, an informal setting and flexibility. read


A new BBC program allows us to watch couples undertake mediation

Mr v Mrs: Call the Mediator is a rather astonishing series - and it's up to the viewer to provide judgement. read


Atheists lawsuit mediation scheduled July 6

Mediation between the parties in the case of American Atheists Inc. and Jane Doe vs. Sheriff Eric Watson and Bradley County has been scheduled for July 6 at 9:30 a.m., at the U.S. Courthouse in Chattanooga. read


Arbitration and Mediation: Trending Worldwide for All the Right Reasons

The rising trend of alternative dispute resolution was a focus of the New Jersey State Bar Association Annual Meeting and Convention in Atlantic City, NJ. read


Cofounder Conflict? Try Mediation Before Litigation

The possibility of a mild disagreement escalating into a serious dispute is particularly dangerous in the atmosphere of a startup, where there is often a high level of uncertainty and financial stress. Here's why mediation is often the best option for startup founders in conflict with each other. read


Mediation an option to resolve eldercare problems

With the assistance of a mediator, preferably a certified mediator with either eldercare or healthcare experience, people are able to create unique solutions to problems. These unique solutions are not solutions typically implemented by judges. With mediation, solutions can be achieved without waiting weeks, months or years, and mediator fees are usually less than attorney fees. read


Insured v. insurer mediation: Practical considerations

When considering mediating a case between an insurer and its insured, here are some practical considerations to keep in mind. read


Mr Versus Mrs – Confessions of a divorce mediator

Nine couples featured in a new BBC 2 documentary series Mr v Mrs: Call The Mediator, which takes a fly-on-the-wall approach to the growing practice of family mediation as the UK now carries out more than 17,000 mediations a year, according to government statistics. The success rate is high: nearly 90 per cent achieve a satisfactory deal. read


City mediation program starts

A new, beefed-up mediation program meant to help alleviate the Mountain View's rental crisis will take full effect starting this month. The new initiative, dubbed the Rental Housing Dispute Resolution Program, is designed to help settle dispute between landlords and tenants, particularly those involving high rent increases and evictions. read


South Bay mediation clinic takes tiffs out of the courts to save time, money

Over the last 20 years, mediation has become an increasingly important aspect of the legal system. State budget cuts have lengthened the wait for trial dates. And skyrocketing legal fees have changed the calculus of dragging people into court. read


Mediation Confidentiality

The assurance of confidentiality in mediation is essential to the success and integrity of the process. Knowing that everything said or done in mediation will remain confidential allows parties to confide with the mediator more freely. It opens the door to frank and honest discussion. read


Mediation: the art of crossing two bridges at the same time

Mediation is a facilitated negotiation in which a mutually acceptable third party attempts to facilitate the settlement of a dispute. It is a non-adversarial process, aimed at achieving consensus and a mediator does not adjudicate on the merits of a dispute. Rather, the mediator attempts to bring disputing parties to a point where they are able to settle their differences amicably. read


How Gig Economy Is Using Private Arbitration to Win on Labor Classification

Sharing economy workers’ best shot at suing to rewrite the rules of their employment may soon pass them by. As judges last Thursday considered settlements that will leave Uber Technologies Inc. and Lyft Inc. drivers as independent contractors, two of the biggest names in the on-demand economy are likely to avoid policy changes that would force them to rethink their business models. read


Yale Finds Itself on Both Sides of Employee’s Fight for a Home

A photograph of Frank Douglass’s Victorian house -- painted sage green with white trim -- is displayed on a website about Yale University’s employee homebuyer program. Now Douglass, a 63-year-old custodian, has fallen behind on his mortgage payments after two job-related injuries and is facing foreclosure by a servicing company in which Yale’s endowment is an indirect investor. read


Who gets the pet? Couples work out joint custody

When Tricia Lerdon and her husband separated, they had to figure out how to share their beloved dachshund, Jetson. "One of us giving up the dog?" she said. "That wasn't even a conversation." So while living apart, they co-owned Jetson for several years until he died earlier this year. He traveled between their homes on the same schedule that their daughter did, so she would always have her pet's company. read


4 Different Types of Divorce

Divorces can be messy and complicated. But an amicable divorce need not be impossible to accomplish. Here are a few types of divorce proceedings that possibly could make it easier on all involved. read


IT Law - A Challenge of Dispute Resolution

While the classic international law deals with classic state territories, state jurisdictions, with a clear distinction between national laws, the IT law is uncertain about the state jurisdiction, earthbound borders, rules and proceedings regarding any dispute arising on internet. read


Lake County courthouse brings dog on staff

The seven judges of the Lake County Common Pleas Court announced their newest employee is a courthouse facility dog, named Atticus. Lake County Domestic Relations Court will have the only in-house mediation program in the country using a facility dog to assist in court-ordered mediation sessions.His primary purpose is to ease stress for folks during legal proceedings. read


John Sturrock: Medical treatment dispute resolution can only be aided by mediation

It is encouraging that the civil justice system is now moving forward quickly to accommodate the needs of users in the 21st century. In mediation, there is another significant option for the courts and businesses in Scotland. read


State appeals ruling for deaf litigant denied mediation interpreter

Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller’s office has appealed a federal court ruling that found a Marion County court discriminated against a deaf man in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act when it rejected his request for an American Sign Language interpreter at a court-ordered mediation session during his child custody case. read

May 2016

El Salvador gang truce mediator released from detention

El Salvador released on Monday Raul Mijango, the mediator of a controversial gang truce who was arrested in early May, but the legal proceedings against him will continue, authorities said. read


Mediation as a way to resolve disputes in the shipping industry

The advantages of mediation as a means to resolving disputes in the shipping industry are its speed, cost and flexibility. Its outcome is aimed at obtaining a value-added, future orientated, commercial solution for all parties involved. read


Lake, towns plan E-911 mediation

Long-awaited mediation is scheduled between Lake County and the towns of Schererville and Cedar Lake in an effort to reach an agreement regarding E-911 consolidation. read


Diocese of Duluth, Abuse Victims to Enter Mediation in July

A bankruptcy judge ordered the Roman Catholic Diocese of Duluth, Minn., and lawyers for more than 100 clergy sexual abuse victims to a three-day mediation session in July. read