Mediation in Today's News

May 2016

Ten Tips to a Successful Mediation: From the Mediator's Perspective

I have mediated over 2,000 employment cases. I have seen the good, the bad and the ugly. The purpose of this article is to identify those areas that most often prevent a successful mediation and to offer tips to avoid them. read


S'pore society urged to 'embed mediation in DNA'

Singapore's legal profession and other sectors of society here were yesterday urged to "embed mediation in our DNA". Under changes made to Supreme Court practice directions in January, lawyers are now duty-bound to advise clients planning High Court civil lawsuits to first consider mediation or other options before going ahead to settle spats. read


Mediation, not the courts, is key in avoiding the 'war'

WHEN Roisin O'Shea applied for a judicial separation from her husband, it seemed there was only one way to go about it - and that was by plastering on the war paint and marching into court. read


Emir's mediation helps resume Yemen govt's talks with rebels

Kuwait City: Yemen’s warring parties held their first face-to-face meeting in nearly a week yesterday after the government delegation ended a boycott, the UN envoy said. Yemen’s President had agreed to end the boycott after mediation by the Emir H H Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani and UN chief Ban Ki-moon. read


State Center project goes to mediation

After more than a year of impasse over the MD State Center project, the developer and the state expect to enter formal mediation in an effort to resolve their disputes. It's the latest twist for the $1.5 billion project, which would transform a 28-acre swath of midtown with new homes and stores anchored by offices rented by the state. read


MediYAYtion: Why Your Upcoming Divorce Mediation is a Good Thing! (And Instructions on How to Rock It!)

In the context of a divorce, mediation is a good thing. It offers folks a real opportunity to settle their divorce without the acrimony or expense of a trial. Plus, in many counties, it’s mandatory—meaning the parties are required to mediate before going to court. read


How to Prepare for Mediation

Each mediation renews my belief that people are willing to listen, learn and create resolution in the interest of peace, time, and fiscal responsibility. read


Start-Ups Embrace Arbitration to Settle Workplace Disputes

For start-ups — many of which began in Silicon Valley — the clauses can seem to conflict with professed goals of upending business as usual and being open with employees. read


Civil Rights Mediator Training offered

Maui Mediation Services will host Civil Rights Mediator Training on May 19. The training will feature presentations by the Hawaii Civil Rights Commission, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity and the Mediation Center of the Pacific. read


Irish mediator recognised for contribution to elder mediation

An Irish mediator has been recognised for her contribution to elder mediation at the Elder Mediation World Summit in Linz, Austria. Margaret Bouchier was presented with the The Sherren Award by the Elder Mediation International Network (EMIN), of which she is the ethics committee chair. read


Mediation Perspectives: Early Warning/Early Response: Top-Down or Bottom-Up?

Mediation Perspectives is a periodic blog entry provided by the CSS’ Mediation Support Team and occasional guest authors. Each entry is designed to highlight the utility of mediation approaches in dealing with violent political conflicts. read


Candidate touts mediation skills as 'a way' to solve problems

Based on his life experience, Moreno said, he would take the approach of a mediator to solve problems in county government. read


Mediation of corporate disputes

In an effort to expedite the settlement of intra-corporate disputes and other issues that affect ordinary corporations, the SEC recently drafted a Mediation Policy and has invited the public, in particular the business sector, to give their comments or suggestions to the program. read


Got a dispute - mediate, don't litigate

With court fees on the rise, in some extreme cases by more than 600 per cent, and the cut backs in the administration of justice, most notably with some local courts shutting down, legal cases are more expensive and take longer to resolve. read


Lil Kim now in mediation over foreclosure of Alpine mansion

Despite a spot on Sean Combs' just-announced Bad Boy Family Reunion tour this year, hip hop's Lil Kim is still mired in money woes, with a foreclosure looming on her Alpine mansion. read


Minnesota Senate passes Farmer-Lender Mediation extension

“It’s really important this year with farm income in Minnesota being at a 20 year low. Several thousand farmers use it every year (and) there has been a spike this year. It will be an important tool for farmers to help them keep farming this year.” read


Proposed CFPB rule: A partial end to forced arbitration

Soon, says the CFPB, consumers will not find mandatory arbitration clauses in their contracts with financial companies. Thus, disputes will be handled fairly. read


Blumenthal lauds proposed curb of forced arbitration clauses

A proposal by a federal consumer agency to curb the use of forced arbitration clauses is being praised by U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.). read


Soldiers, police and gang truce mediator arrested in El Salvador

Senior police officials, prison wardens and a mediator who brokered a treaty between two violent Salvadoran gangs are among a group of 18 people arrested for crimes committed as part of the truce arrangement. read


US drone strike in Syria killed mediator trying to rein in al-Qaeda

A US drone strike which officials said killed a core al-Qaeda leader actually killed a leading Egyptian Islamist who was trying to convince the group's affiliate in Syria to set aside its global ambitions and focus on fighting the Assad government. read


Marriage breakdown - Is Family Mediation right for me?

Family Mediation provides an extremely effective way for couples to resolve various issues. It is non-adversarial. Both of you are partners in the decision making. It allows matters to be resolved amicably. read


Recent appellate case raises mediation issues

The recent Indiana Court of Appeals decision Jonas v. State Farm Life Ins. Co., ____N.E. 3d ______, 2016 WL 1248589 (Ind. Ct. App. 2016) highlights several issues concerning mediation and settlement in both state and federal courts. read


VA Therapist's Whistleblower Complaint Resolved Through Mediation

An addiction therapist at a Phoenix VA hospital has settled with the Veterans Affairs Department to resolve a whistleblower retaliation case through mediation, the Office of Special Counsel announced on Friday. read


The New Arbitration Rules Are (Almost) Here

Recent reports indicate that the CFPB will announce a new rule governing arbitration clauses in consumer lending contracts at a field hearing on the subject scheduled in Albuquerque, New Mexico, later this week. read


Opening statements in mediation… poisonous or powerful?

There is considerable disagreement over the wisdom or value of having lawyers (or parties) deliver opening remarks during a mediation. Does that approach help achieve a good resolution? Or do those presentations tend to “poison the well” at the outset, making settlement less likely or at least more difficult? read


Narrating's a City's Community Mediation Journey

The Peterborough Dialogues, an initiative of Axiom News, has been narrating the unfolding story of a new initiative in its hometown, called Community Mediation Peterborough. read


Mediation Talks Yield New Parking Spaces for Zoo

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland said the mediation talks between the Overton Park Conservancy [OPC] and the Memphis Zoo have yielded two plans that could create up to 325 new parking spots for the zoo. read


Mediation begins in equine influenza compensation case

The fight for compensation for losses suffered by horse businesses after the 2007 equine influenza outbreak begins today, with parties meeting for mediation. The horse flu outbreak resulted in the widespread quarantine of horses, which caused big financial losses for equine businesses such as horses breeders, racehorse owners and horse transporters. read


iHeart Offers Mediation To Angry Creditors Ahead Of May 16th Court Date

The Company announced that it has entered into mediation to try to explore possible alternatives to the terms of the Company’s existing senior secured indebtedness. read

April 2016

The Upside of Employment Arbitration

A recently completed five-day arbitration with twenty-one witnesses, reminded me of the upsides of employment arbitrations (especially when I compare my situation to that of my colleagues who are preparing for jury trials in similar cases). read


Deflategate: Limited Ability to Appeal Arbitration Awards

Nearly all collective bargaining agreements have an arbitration clause for deciding any disputes under the agreement. Beyond the labor arena, employers have increasingly mandated arbitration as the designated forum for resolving employment disputes. With the recent Deflategate decision, we are reminded of the limitations of appealing an arbitrator’s decision. read


ACT Brumbies boss Michael Jones and board enter formal mediation as drama continues

ACT Brumbies chairman Robert Kennedy, left, and chief executive Michael Jones will begin formal mediation on Friday. read


Knoxville non-profit leaders learn about community violence prevention, gang mediation

Stopping gang violence has been on the mind of many in Knoxville since the deaths of Zaevion Dobson in December and his 12-year-old cousin Jajuan Lathum just a couple weeks ago. They were two kids, innocent victims, caught in the middle of gang shootings. read


Ohio bill adds mediation option for public record disputes

Ohio Auditor Dave Yost and Attorney General Mike DeWine support a new bill that would encourage public records disputes to be solved through mediation instead of costly lawsuits. read


U.S. Army Europe employees receive art of mediation training

The Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute provided an opportunity for two dozen U.S. Army Europe Soldiers and Civilians to participate in the Mediation Certification Course, April 11 -- 15. The Department of Army now uses mediation as its preferred technique! read


What Might a Mediator Do for the Parties to the Contraceptive Case in the Supreme Court?

Before embarking on a hypothetical mediation between religious employers and the government, let us first review the issue that divides the parties.Might "Transformative Mediation" help? read


After Growing Up In Conflict, This Acclaimed Mediator Prefers To Find Common Ground

Mohamed Keshavjee knows a thing or two about conflict. The internationally-acclaimed mediator grew up as an Indian Muslim in South Africa during apartheid, and his family was close with Mahatma Gandhi. Keshavjee talked about last year’s controversy over Islamic mediation in North Texas, the role his family played in fighting apartheid, and why mediation tends to be more successful than litigation. read


Neighbours in treehouse dispute could benefit from mediation, lawyer says

Disputes between neighbours can be ugly, says a lawyer who believes mediation could help to resolve a complaint about a $30,000 backyard treehouse in Toronto. read


Mediator Pollack's pragmatism gets Argentina and creditors to deal

Argentina's celebrated $16.5 billion return to international capital markets last week was the final mile of a tortured 14-year path from historic default through the U.S. court system. The resolution was crafted by mediator Daniel Pollack who convinced adversaries that more than a decade of squabbling was enough. read


Law firm’s new mediation center named for Charleston attorney

One of South Carolina’s largest law firms has opened a mediation center at its downtown Charleston office in recognition of a longtime local attorney. read


Advanced prep can aid in mediation with difficult personalities

Lawyers who deal with emotionally charged mediation and arbitration may often feel ill equipped to deal with the personality conflicts they face, but a panel discussion Monday examined tools to manage them better. read


Mediation Plays Increasing Role in Bankruptcy Cases

Mediation plays an increasing role in both consumer and business bankruptcy cases, and it is important that parties are prepared for mediation. read


City: Mediation likely in finding solution for remaining North Salt Lake landslide repairs

City leaders are looking to mediation with residents, utility companies and others this summer to find a permanent solution to the remaining repairs needed on the North Salt Lake landslide. read


Judge earns award for mediation efforts

The Ohio Mediation Association has selected Stark County Family Court Judge Michael Howard to receive the 2016 Better World Award read


Event to Highlight School Peer Mediation Programs

Western Justice Center (WJC) and Southern California Mediation Association (SCMA) are hosting an evening featuring school Peer Mediation programs. The event will be held at the Western Justice Center on Thursday April 28th.. read


Elder Care: Conversations of Care

Mediation may be the answer for elder care challenges. Mediation is a process where people in conflict privately, effectively and safely discuss their perspectives and proposed resolutions. Each family member’s perspective should be heard before crafting a plan. read


Judge requests mediator in Field of Dreams case

Both sides in the Field of Dreams lawsuit are close to resolution, but may still need a mediator to put an end to the legal dispute. read


Verizon open to mediation to avert strike of workers

Verizon Communications Inc., preparing for a possible strike of about 39,000 landline workers from Massachusetts to Virginia, said it would be open to federal mediation to reach a new contract. read


'Law & Order' Divorce Suit Blocked by Mediation Privilege

A long-running legal feud over the Law & Order fortune may have finally reached its finale. A state judge in Los Angeles last week tossed out a suit against the mediators who helped settle the divorce of Dick Wolf, the legal procedural's creator, and his ex-wife Christine. read


Mediation date set in hockey parents-referee brawl

The parents and referees involved in a post-high school ice hockey game brawl are headed for their first mediation session later this month. read