Mediation in Today's News

February 2018

Engler says MSU wants to return to mediation in Nassar lawsuits; wants Izzo & Dantonio to be allowed

An email sent by Michigan State University interim president John Engler to students, staff and alumni regarding the Larry Nassar lawsuits and the various sexual-assault investigations says MSU wants to return to mediation with the women suing the University, USA Gymnastics, Twistars and others over Nassar's abuse. read


Waukegan police to get training on emotional intelligence, diversity and change after federal mediation

The Waukegan Police Department will be the focus of continued diversity and other training started in the wake of a Department of Justice-mediated agreement. read


Important Considerations in Selecting the Right Mediator

One of the fundamental components of a mediation is, of course, the mediator. Continuing the Manufacturing Industry Advisor’s series on mediation, we discuss how to select the right mediator for resolution of your dispute. read


King County teens hold peers accountable through unique crime mediation program

SEATTLE - While some teenage criminals are sent to jail, there's a King County program that aims to keep them out. read


Mediation Skills Are Crucial for Trial Lawyers

Whether early or late in a case, mediation is often the critical event which leads to a conclusion of the case. Therefore, mediating effectively may be among the most important of a trial lawyer’s skills. read


Never too early, too late, to mediate

Too often people in conflict believe their conflict has to reach epic proportions before seeking a dispute resolution process such as mediation, or they believe a situation may be too far gone to resolve. However, mediation can be very helpful at any stage of a conflict. read


Mediation with liquor licensees a good idea

We believe that the proposed mediation alternative would help businesses and communities work together to improve the operation of these establishments. read


Loss of alimony tax break in GOP bill may add to the financial pain of divorce

Lawyers and other divorce experts are scrambling to understand the changes, and react to them. They're worried about everything from messier breakups to fewer women contributing to their retirement. read


Opponents of California's coffee-cancer warnings to face mediation

A mediation session is scheduled for next week for coffee retailers -- including Starbucks and BP -- that haven't yet agreed to comply with the state of California's plan for informing consumers about the beverage's potential cancer risk. So far, 13 coffee sellers, including 7-Eleven, have agreed to post warning signs, as mandated by the state, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. read


Conciliation, mediation help resolve parent maintenance cases

Before going to court, parents who file maintenance applications will have to attend mediation before their case is heard by the Tribunal. Last year, mediators resolved half of the maintenance applications filed, an increase from 39 per cent in 2013. read


Neighbours can now settle disputes through online mediation

With the help of a court mediator through the e-Mediation function, parties can now mediate in a secure environment and resolve their disputes online without going to the courts to do so. read


Man attacked by cousins during funeral refuses mediation

A man who was attacked by his cousins during a family funeral in Ballyhaunis said he did not want to get involved in any mediation with them, as he is still afraid of them. read

January 2018

Judge refers Memphis Confederate statues lawsuit to mediation

The city of Memphis and the Sons of Confederate Veterans were ordered Tuesday to try mediation to resolve a dispute over the recent removal of the city's Confederate statues. read


In mediation, doctors reduce billed charges by millions

Of $7 million in surprise medical bills settled through Texas' mediation process last year, insurers increased their payments by $1 million, according to new state data. That means physicians apparently made the more dramatic concession, reducing their payment demands by $6 million. read


'You can't force people into mediation': Society spells out ADR wishes

Lawyers and consumers need to ‘buy into’ the use of alternative dispute resolution but do not need it forced upon them, the Law Society has said. read


Goehring believes farm mediation program will be busy in 2018

North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring expects his department’s mediation service will be busy – working on issues between farmers and their bankers. read


Marin Voice: Rent mediation is fair to renters and landlords

Contrary to some of the opinions expressed, mediation will not be automatically required for annual rent hikes exceeding 5 percent. Mediation will only be required if the landlord or tenant requests it. read


Mediation – the postgraduate course that's never been more vital

The art of negotiation and dispute resolution is sorely needed in an age of strife, be it domestic or international read


Divorce mediator explains the benefits of mediation instead of litigation

Family and divorce mediator Melissa Dolphin-Rowland explains the benefits of mediation instead of litigation. read


China launches online mediation platform for copyright disputes

China launched an online platform Wednesday to mediate copyright disputes to free all parties involved and mediators from traveling. Applicants can choose mediators from other cities since all steps, including application, testifying, cross-examination and mediation, are to be done online. read


Forensic Mediation in a Matrimonial Matter

Two experts suggest a new process: "forensic mediation," where the forensic accountant works in stages and involves the mediator, attorneys and parties at each step. read


Community mediation helping to address homelessness in Greenville

In downtown Greenville there’s a lot of growth and new housing in the same area where homeless people receive services. That has resulted in a certain amount of conflict between neighbors and agencies that serve the homeless, but it’s also resulted in an on-going community mediation effort. read


Mediation Via Skype Is an Easier, Cheaper Solution for the Digital Age

If you’re the kind of cooler head that prevails when arguments arise between friends and colleagues, you could have a career ahead of you in online mediation. read


Federal Judge Orders All Parties In Flint Water Case Into Mediation

In Flint Michigan, hundreds of people have filed lawsuits over that city's lead water crisis. Most of the lawsuits have been consolidated into one massive case. On Thursday, a federal district judge in Ann Arbor ordered all the parties into mediation. read


Ecuador seeks mediator to resolve 'untenable' Assange standoff: minister

Ecuador is seeking a "third country or a personality" to mediate a final settlement with Britain to resolve the future of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, the foreign minister said Tuesday. read


India: Family Court mediation centre settles over 2000 cases in 6 years

The Nagpur Family Court's Mediation Centre has settled about 2,037 cases in last six and half years, as per latest figures released by its coordinator Subhash Kafre. The centre started from June 13, 2011, has settled about 44.75% cases out of total 4,551 referred to it in this period. read


Divorce Day: Will mediation stop you adding to the growing statistic of January splits?

If you are married and just made it through the festive period then you might want to keep a low profile tonight. Today is known as 'Divorce Day' with the first proper working day back at work prompts couples to start making inquiries about leaving their partner. read


Portsmouth to use Mediator to Settle Dispute within Government

Portsmouth, OH - The City of Portsmouth is calling in some outside help in the form of an official mediator to resolve a divisive dispute between city council and city manager Derek Allen. read


Irish Mediators welcome commencement of Mediation Act

Sabine Walsh, president of the Mediators’ Institute of Ireland (MII), said 2018 promises to be “a significant year in the development and practice of mediation in Ireland as a result of the Mediation Act coming into force”. read


Court to pursue mediation in Ahok-Veronica divorce

The North Jakarta District Court is to pursue a course of mediation in the divorce proceedings of former Jakarta governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama and his wife, Veronica Tan, the court's spokesperson said on Tuesday. read


After firing, Garrison Keillor in mediation talks with Minnesota Public Radio

Garrison Keillor is in mediation with Minnesota Public Radio after his former employer fired him for allegations of "inappropriate behavior" with a co-worker late last year. read


Econsumer mediation centre gets off to a slow start

BENGALURU: The Online Consumer Mediation Centre (OCMC) set up by the consumer affairs ministry in December 2016 to allow ecommerce customers to resolve complaints digitally appears to have got off to a slow start, with just 84 complaints registered on the portal, of which only 14 have been resolved. read


Grandmothers of Chicago’s Restorative Justice Movement

Restorative justice, a mediation technique that uses peace circles to help people resolve disputes, is practiced in Chicago schools and has become increasingly popular in youth organizations. This fall, it’s taken its first step into the criminal justice system with the opening of the Restorative Justice Community Court in North Lawndale. read


The best way to settle corporate disputes

Hindu BusinessLine: Mediation not only democratises insolvency resolution processes, but creates an inclusive space that benefits all parties. read


Judge orders more mediation to resolve Minn. clergy abuse settlements

Disputes over clergy abuse settlements in the Archdiocese of St. Paul-Minneapolis have led a federal bankruptcy judge to order a return to mediation for all the parties involved. read


Police hold mediation talks for warring tribes

Two enemy tribes ordered to take part in peace talks on Christmas Day. read

December 2017

Civility in Mediation: What's the Big Deal?

Mediation is not monolithic. It spans literally every type of case that can be brought before a court and many that cannot. Even within each practice area (family, probate, commercial, personal injury, etc.), one size does not fit all. And the types of parties that appear in mediation are even more diverse than the genres of their cases. read


The Positives of Mediation in Planning

Mediation is a very empowering process in that it provides a platform for people to be openly heard and have their views taken seriously. It also allows for mutually accepted agreements to be legally binding through written agreement. And that is a powerful incentive for people to become involved. read


New hotline to help streamline special education mediation

Parents seeking mediation for their special education students now have a new hotline to get help. The Michigan Special Education Mediation Program set up a new phone number to intake mediation requests: (833) 543-7178. read


Theater Professionals Can Seek Mediation in Sexual Harassment Cases

Members of the theater community now have a new option for how to address sexual harassment. On Wednesday, a mediation service for theater professionals involved in sexual harassment incidents was announced by the actress Marin Ireland and the lawyer Norman Siegel at a news conference. The service, facilitated by an approved mediator, will be confidential. read


Twenty four Mediators graduate

The Accredited Mediators of Samoa Association (A.M.S.A.) yesterday welcomed twenty four new Mediators. The graduation follows a weeklong training under the guidance of Professor Nadja Alexander. Chief Justice, His Honour Patu Tiava’asu’e Falefatu Sapolu, congratulated the new Mediators. read


The Beat of the Peace Drum: Special Youth Dialogue & Mediation Training Program for Youth from all 15 Counties

Messengers of Peace (MOP)-Liberia is dedicated to ensuring tranquility in our communities through empowering youth to truly be the messengers of peace. That is why this week we are conducting a hands-on training in Dialogue, Mediation and Peacebuilding for 25 young people representing 15 counties. read


A New Initiative From Marin Ireland Hopes to Change How the Theatre Community Deals With Sexual Misconduct

Three years ago, Tony-nominated actor Marin Ireland approached civil rights attorney Norman Siegel about ways to address the problem of sexual harassment in New York’s theatrical community. Ireland had experienced a personal issue of her own, and, after consulting with Actors’ Equity and the Actors Fund, was dismayed with how few options were available to her. read


With settlement in doubt, mediation likely in trail dispute

Aspen, CO: With a settlement unlikely between one of the valley’s oldest land trusts and a group seeking to keep open a popular trail in the Hunter Creek Valley, the sides are to go into mediation, according to a court filing Monday. read


Church sex abuse mediation pushed back to June 2018

Guam – Mediation for the scores of sex abuse lawsuits against the church has been pushed back to June of next year. Initially the parties had anticipated settling the lawsuits in March 2018. read


Valuing peace: delivering and demonstrating mediation results

Mediation offers a proven and cost-effective method for resolving armed conflicts. More than 70 per cent of conflicts which ended between 1985 and 2015 were resolved through an agreement. read


Battling it out when it comes to aging parent's care? Elder mediation might help

Elder mediation is a growing field. Specially trained mediators work with adult siblings and seniors to address family conflict and challenges around shared decision-making and communication. read


What I’m really thinking: the mediator

We need to be impartial, non-judgmental and endlessly patient, but I feel like telling them to stop behaving like five-year-olds read


Arab Parliament demands UN replace US in peace process mediation as tensions escalate

The Arab Parliament upheld regional rejection of the decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, saying it holds the US responsible for its threatening consequences to international security. The parliament further demanded that the UN lead the peace process, after considering the US an unfair mediator. read


Mediation service that separates warring couples experiences record demand

A mediation service that resolves family law disputes without going to court or requiring separated partners to see each other is experiencing record demand in South Australia. read