Mediation in Today's News

December 2016

Mediation ordered in dispute alleging real estate fraud

St. Clair County Associate Judge Randall Kelley compelled mediation in an O’Fallon homeowner’s suit alleging a real estate agent failed to tell her that a potential buyer canceled the contract on her home within the grace period. read


Rezoning proposal for former Hempfield golf course to go to mediation

The owner of a former Hempfield golf course avoided a long and potentially contentious meeting before the board of supervisors Monday by seeking mediation over a proposed rezoning of the land. read


JPS Students Avoid Conflict with Peer Mediation

A report by the federally funded Safe and Responsive Schools Project, a nonprofit aimed at keeping schools safe, found that students involved in peer mediation were more likely to find a satisfactory resolution to their conflicts, and feel that their interests had been served. read


IRS Revamps Fast Track Mediation for Tax Debts

The Internal Revenue Service has created a new Fast Track Mediation program to resolve collection cases and issues more quickly for taxpayers with outstanding tax debts. read

November 2016

McDonald's $27M Fatal Brawl Row Sent To Mediation In Texas

Texas' Tenth Court of Appeals on Wednesday sent to mediation a case that ended with a $27 million judgment against McDonald's and in favor of the families of two teenagers who died in the wake of a parking lot brawl at the restaurant in 2012, writing the suit was “appropriate” for mediation. read


IMPACT Justice provides training in mediation for Belize police officers

Some 36 Belize police officers of varying ranks are set to receive training in mediation under the Canadian government-funded, Improved Access to Justice in the Caribbean (IMPACT Justice) Project. read


Things you only know if you're a mediator

…according to UK mediator Martha Clarke, 56. Let's begin with "We don’t consider our neighbours’ feelings enough." read


Take Part in UN Workshop on Implementation of the Mediation Directive

Participate online (webstreaming) in this workshop on the future of mediation in the European Union will be streamed live from the European Parliament in some two weeks. read


Police and crime commissioner pledges £100,000 to provide Restorative Justice services across Kent

A £100,000 pledge has been made by Kent’s police and crime commissioner to provide Restorative Justice services in the county over the next 12 months. Restorative Justice focuses on the rehabilitation of offenders through reconciliation with victims. read


Obama admin. seeks curbs on mandatory arbitration for insurance

The Obama administration is pressing U.S. states to curb insurers' use of fine print in contracts that bars unsatisfied customers from suing, taking the latest step against "mandatory arbitration clauses" in an insurance report released by the Treasury Department on Monday. read


Somali president seeks mediation amid charges of violence during vote

Somali politicians and clan elders have reported violence and irregularities in voting for a new parliament, limited to just 14,000 citizens due to an Islamist insurgency, and the president urged all parties to embrace mediation if disputes arise. read


Little Rock officials ordered to mediation in suit

Little Rock City Attorney Tom Carpenter regularly disregards court orders so the mayor and city manager must participate in mediation sessions to try and resolve a lawsuit against the city, Pulaski County Circuit Judge Tim Fox said. read


Mediator weighs in on keeping peace at Thanksgiving dinner table

Mediator Julian Portilla, who teaches courses on conflict resolution at Champlain College, advised families to consider a moratorium on political conversation at the dinner table. read


Judge Orders Airbnb and San Francisco to Work Out Problems Through Mediation, Puts Fines and Criminal Penalties on Hold

Attorneys for Airbnb and San Francisco were back in federal court Thursday as part of a lawsuit Airbnb filed to block tougher regulations that would make home-sharing websites susceptible to hefty fines and criminal penalties. read


Karmanos lawsuit settled in mediation

A lawsuit filed against Carolina Hurricanes owner Peter Karmanos by his sons over the handling of a family trust has been settled in mediation. read


Nevada's Foreclosure Mediation Program to stop accepting applications after Dec. 31

Nevada’s Foreclosure Mediation Program instituted at the height of the recession to help people stay in their homes will no longer accept mediation enrollments after Dec. 31. read


Sacramento police shooting lawsuit could be settled through confidential mediation

The city of Sacramento will attempt to settle a civil lawsuit over the fatal police shooting of Joseph Mann through confidential mediation and wants the court to seal evidence released in the case, according to court documents filed this week. read


Oregon GMO mediation needs legislative fix

A legislative mix-up has blocked the Oregon Department of Agriculture’s implementation of a mediation program for growers of conventional, organic and biotech crops. read


World Bank Urges Mediation for India, Pakistan over Indus

The World Bank Group today urged India and Pakistan to agree to mediation in order to settle on a mechanism for how the Indus Waters Treaty should be used to resolve issues regarding two dams under construction along the Indus rivers system. read


Vatican Mediation In Venezuela Changes Political Equation For Washington

The Vatican’s participation in the mediation effort in Venezuela poses an unusual challenge to US policy in Venezuela and the region. read


Business Offers Free Holiday Mediation

Falmouth Mediation at 184 Jones Road, a full-service, client-centered mediation practice providing an affordable forum for assisting families and individuals, is offering one hour of free mediation to help couples and ex-couples agree on holiday schedules for their families. read


Hot jobs: Mediators

According to the New York State Department of Labor, employment for arbitrators, mediators, and conciliators is expected to rise 14.6 percent — faster than the average for all occupations — between 2010 and 2020. read


Pebble partnership, EPA consider mediation

Attorneys for a proposed large-scale mine near the headwaters of the Bristol Bay watershed have agreed with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to consider mediation to resolve litigation under the Federal Advisory Committee Act. read


HP Enterprise and Rhode Island to meet for mediation

A judge has ordered representatives from Hewlett Packard Enterprise and the state of Rhode Island to appear in court for mediation over the unfinished project to build a new computer system for the state Division of Motor Vehicles. read


Massachusetts Appeals Court: What Happens in Mediation Stays in Mediation

The Massachusetts Appeals Court recently held that statements made by a party during mediation cannot be used later in a lawsuit to support a claim of fraud or similar claims. read


Mandatory Mediation Program Needs Improvement to Thrive

Our experience with the court-ordered mediation program in the Law Division in cases in which the parties do not seek mediation or select their own mediators has been unfavorable, and we address only that program. read


Judge eyes mediation in O'Donnell campaign finance case

A federal judge is hoping court-ordered mediation can resolve a penalty dispute in a Federal Election Commission lawsuit against former Republican Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell. read


Microfibres plaintiffs in class-action lawsuit agree to mediation

The plaintiffs in a class-action lawsuit against defunct Microfibres Inc. have agreed with its bankruptcy trustee to enter mediation to try to resolve a compensation dispute. read


New Kane County mediation program to begin serving families this winter

The 16th Judicial Circuit Court of Kane County is seeking volunteer mediators for a new Child Protection Mediation Program set to launch in early 2017. read


Springfield Panhandling Laws Heading To Federal Mediation

The legal fight over anti-panhandling laws in Springfield is to go before federal mediators next month. The (Springfield) State Journal-Register reports attorneys representing three panhandlers and lawyers for the city are scheduled for an initial mediation session Nov. 4 in Springfield federal court. read


Preventing foreclosures, through mortgage mediation

Jonathan Smith, attorney and founder of Advantage Legal Group, shared how Washington State's Foreclosure Fairness Act may help homeowners avoid foreclosure, through mortgage mediation. He also shared several recent success stories of clients helped by his team. read

October 2016

The Grove PUD: Is Mediation Helping?

Depends on whom you ask … read


Divorce gets even uglier, but its cast steps up, in “Mediation”

On a stress test, divorce is ranked higher than the death of a spouse. That’s because with divorce comes the stigma of failure.I think that helps explain Robert’s downward spiral this episode. read



BATNA is an acronym that stands for Best Alternative to a Negotiated Agreement. Simply put, it’s what you will do if you don’t settle. It’s a crucial piece of information to have before a mediation begins because it allows you to properly and rationally evaluate offers and counteroffers. read


Texas Supreme Court Committee Sues Mediation Service to Prevent It From Practicing Law

The Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee has sued an Irving mediation service seeking to prevent it from practicing law after alleging its nonlawyer staff provided legal advice to hundreds of customers including preparing pleadings for them to use in employment and family law cases. read


Vatican called in to mediate in Venezuela talks

A sharply divided Venezuela may be on the track to reconciliation with the help of a highly respected, neutral third party -- the Vatican. read


UBC, former student begin mediation for human-rights complaint

Mediation is set to begin Monday between the University of British Columbia and a former student who filed a human-rights complaint alleging the school discriminated in handling a number of reports of sexual assault and harassment. read


Austin Leaders Advance Grove at Shoal Creek, Pending Mediation

A neighborhood group known as the Bull Creek Road Coalition, or BCRC, requested the office and retail reduction. They've also requested mediation with owners of the Grove at Shoal Creek, which developers accepted Thursday. read


VIDEO: Sneak Peek - 'Mediation' Episode of DIVORCE on HBO

On the next episode of DIVORCE on HBO titled 'Mediation', telling the kids is the hardest part of the divorce process. New episodes of Divorce premiere Sundays at 10PM on HBO. read


South Dakota Farm Loan Mediation Program Seeing Busiest Year Ever

The recent downturn in the agricultural economy has led to many requests for help from the South Dakota Agriculture Department’s farm loan mediation program. Mediation Specialist Nina Fromm says this is one of the busiest years they’ve every had for mediation requests. read


Worcester and fired elections worker to go to mediation

The city and a former elections worker who alleged in a federal lawsuit that her firing was politically motivated have agreed to mediation. read


Watch Live Action Mediation of Conflict Resolution

In honor of Conflict Resolution Day 2016, Ku‘ikahi Mediation Center is hosting an Open House on Thursday, Oct. 20. The highlight of the Open House is a one-hour simulation to demonstrate how mediators empower people to find their own best solutions. read


Trump offers to be 'mediator or arbitrator' for India-Pakistan talks

Donald Trump said he is open to mediating negotiations between India and Pakistan, two nuclear-capable countries that have a long-standing hostile relationship with each other. read


Mediation service key to helping resolve disputes

Mediation West, located in Scottsbluff, provides the community with alternative methods of conflict resolution for both personal and professional conflicts. Mediation West covers 15 counties in all and they are the approved mediation center for the Nebraska Supreme Court’s Office of Dispute Resolution (ODR). read


Nonprofit View: Mediation center offers alternative to conflict resolution

"I wish we had known about mediation before we went to court;" "I wish we had just communicated with each other." These are just a few comments the Carroll County Community Mediation Center (CCCMC) hears from people after they have participated in mediation to resolve their disputes. read


Sports Minister ponders mediator to tackle Coventry crisis

Sports Minister Tracey Crouch is to consider drafting in a mediator to help resolve the crisis engulfing Coventry. read


Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court celebrates 30 years of mediation program

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court is celebrating 30 years of a successful mediation program. It started as a pilot program that handles small claims civil disputes. Now, about 20,000 cases have been resolved through mediation. The program also has an 87 percent rate for cases sticking to agreements. read


Problematic nursing home arbitration clauses

This week, I want to discuss important federal regulatory changes that will affect millions of elderly dependent adults who are residing in nursing homes. read


Airbnb Defends Arbitration in Push to Dismiss Discrimination Suit

Lawyers for Airbnb Inc. defended the home-sharing platform’s terms of service Wednesday in Washington federal district court, arguing that a user who brought a discrimination case against the company should be forced into arbitration to resolve the dispute. read


Disaster Mediation Program Available to Hurricane Matthew Victims

RALEIGH— Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today ordered activation of the Department of Insurance’s Disaster Mediation Program to help homeowners resolve disputed homeowners insurance claims for residential property damage resulting from Hurricane Matthew. read


Occupy Tucson enters mediation phase

Back in December of 2012, Jon McLane and John Cooper filed against the City of Tucson regarding the alleged mistreatment of homeless people relating to occupation of Veinte de Agosto Park, known as Safe Park. read