Mediation in Today's News

November 2018

MGM Resorts And Las Vegas Shooting Survivors Move Toward Mediation

There was a lot of terrible news this past weekend, led by the mass murder of 11 worshippers at a Pittsburgh synagogue. But during this traumatic week, hope has arisen that a mediated solution can be reached to help victims of another inexplicable crime, the October 2017 mass shooting at the Las Vegas Route 91 country music festival. read


Rifle racial harassment case goes to mediation program

A woman accused of racially motivated harassment has the chance to resolve the allegation and potentially avoid formal charges. read


Kenyan court orders mediation to solve Anglican homosexuality dispute

NAIROBI, Kenya (RNS) — A long-running dispute over three Anglican clergymen accused of homosexuality will be resolved through mediation, a court here ordered last week. read


Mediation valuable service in criminal justice system

Mountain Mediation Services has been providing an invaluable service to Western North Carolina’s criminal justice system for more than 20 years. read

October 2018

Australian Crypto Firm DigitalX Reveals Mediation Request on $1.8 Million ICO Case, Denies Wrongdoing

Publicly-listed DigitalX, an Australian blockchain and crypto advisory firm, said it received a request for mediation from court proceedings of a $1.83 million case related to an ICO gone wrong. read


For Life's Family Disputes, Mediation Could Help

Family mediation can possibly help your family overcome a conflict. What mediation does differently is attempt to solve disagreements in two or three sessions, which can be cost effective -- if the situation fits. read


AU to operationalise Mediation Support Unit

In a bid to consolidate its peace-making efforts, the African Union (AU) is in the process of operationalising its first ever Mediation Support Unit (MSU). read


Downtown Baton Rouge library dispute headed to mediation

The city-parish and the architect, contractor and numerous subcontractors involved in the construction of the partially built downtown library—which has been on hold since mid-April, when a structural problem with its signature cantilever was discovered—have agreed to go to mediation in an attempt to negotiate a settlement over how to divide up the cost of the estimated $2 million repair bill. read


SAG-AFTRA Sex Assault Complaint By Sarah Scott Headed To Mediation

After months of inaction from SAG-AFTRA, actress Sarah Scott has agreed to enter mediation on her claim that Kip Pardue, her costar on indie TV project Mogulettes, masturbated in front of her shortly after filming a sex scene. read


MGM Resorts, plaintiffs agree to mediation in Las Vegas mass shooting case

LAS VEGAS -- MGM Resorts wants to mediate all lawsuits involving victims of the 1 October shooting, and avoid having any of them go to court, according to Debra DeShong, spokesperson for MGM. read


'Highly respected' mediator called in as postal workers keep Toronto plants shut

OTTAWA — The federal government named a special mediator Wednesday in hopes of ending rotating walkouts at Canada Post that forced closure of the Crown corporation's biggest sorting plants for a second day. read


Mediation planned between Weinstein, alleged victims

Mediation sessions are scheduled for two days in early November, the people said, making it the largest effort to date to resolve more than a dozen sexual-misconduct legal actions faced by Mr. Weinstein around the globe. read


Commentary: Insight into what you may be missing in mediation

Michael Freed shares observations he’s learned serving as a certified mediator. read


Death threats, vandalism: Seattle hires mediator over 35th Avenue Northeast road project

The city has hired a mediator to lead a discussion about possible changes to the road redesign of 35th Avenue Northeast. Now, a disagreement over the choice of mediator joins other clashes over bike lanes, lost parking and more. read


Mueller presides over last peer mediator swearing-in ceremony

RACINE — An approximately 24-year tradition came to an end last week as Racine County Circuit Court Judge Emily Mueller presided over her last swearing-in ceremony for Racine Unified peer mediators. read


Ferris wheel lawsuit heads to mediation

GREENEVILLE — A federal lawsuit stemming from a Ferris wheel accident at the Greene County Fair in 2016 is going to mediation. read


Mediators work to bring closure to conflicts, restore balance in relationships

SCOTTSBLUFF — Hundreds of cases of mediation are closed each year by Mediation West, which works with agencies throughout the Panhandle to resolve a variety of issues between interested parties. read


The AU's Mediation Support Unit is slowly taking shape

The African Union (AU) has started setting up a Mediation Support Unit (MSU) at its headquarters in Addis Ababa. This is to support the various efforts across Africa to make peace. read


Firms cite law in Missouri boat accident, seek mediation

Two companies facing multiple lawsuits over a summer tourist boat accident in Missouri that killed 17 people have invoked an 1851 law that allows vessel owners to try to avoid or limit legal damages as they also seek settlement negotiations with victims' family members. read


Conflict Intervention Service: How an Innovative Mediation Program Prevents Evictions

A critical element of the City of San Francisco’s war on homelessness is to prevent eviction whenever possible. In 2016, the city tapped the Bar Association of San Francisco (BASF) to develop a housing mediation pilot program, which led to the creation of the Conflict Intervention Service (CIS). read


China's role as a conflict mediator is growing fast. Here's why

The increase in Chinese mediation activities began in 2013, the year that the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) was launched. read


Inside the mind of the mediator

After 20 years of brutal civil war, the rulers of Arcadia and the rebels are ready to consider laying down arms. The mediation team needs a leader and – for some reason – your name is chosen. Do you have what it takes? Take our quiz to find out... read


Two charged with murder get mediation

A couple charged with murder in the death of their 20-year-old son will have their case sent to mediation. Each are charged with one count of murder after their son, Logan. Logan had Down syndrome. read


Mediation effort being undertaken on Riverton hospital; 300 at latest meeting

RIVERTON — “We have a problem. Not a problem of our own creation,” longtime Riverton physician Richard Sorenson of Riverton said Monday night to a gathering of approximately 300 people assembled at Central Wyoming College. read


All Things Real Estate: Don't ignore lawyer's letter requesting mediation

Your Realtor gave you good advice. At least in California, the standard purchase agreements most Realtors use are published by the California Association of Realtors and contain a mediation requirement prior to filing a lawsuit. read


Prosecution follows rape case mediation

China: A procuratorate in Lushan county, Henan province, initiated public prosecution of a teenage rape suspect on Tuesday, in the wake of a huge public uproar over an earlier announcement that the two families involved reached a settlement through the procuratorate's mediation efforts. read


Chair-ity Fundraiser helps Common Ground Mediation

COOS BAY — Common Ground Mediation will celebrate their 20th anniversary through the revival of the Chair-ity Fundraiser. 20 wooden school chairs donated by Eastside Elementary School have been decorated by an array of community artists and will be sold via auction. The proceeds will help meet a $10,000 match grant. read


Ex-Louisville basketball players enter mediation with NCAA in lawsuit

After progress stalled in a lawsuit filed against the NCAA by former University of Louisville basketball players, a state court judge on Friday ordered attorneys from both sides to enter mediation in an attempt to resolve the case out of court. read


Aspen Board of Education to hire mediator to explore issues raised by parents

The Aspen Board of Education will hire an outside party to evaluate the school district's operations and approach toward leadership in the wake of mounting criticism leveled by a group of parents. read


Philippines IP Office to begin mandatory mediation

The Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) has announced that all intellectual property cases will be subject to compuloary medication by disputing parties. read


Global leader in international mediation directs new program at Kroc Institute

The Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies within the University of Notre Dame’s Keough School of Global Affairs launched a mediation program at the beginning of this academic year. The program focuses on building synergy between mediation research, teaching, training, policy and practice and is led by Professor of the Practice of Mediation Laurie Nathan. read

September 2018

Strata Community Mediation Centre to handle high-rise resident disputes

KUALA LUMPUR - A mediating body to handle complaints by residents of high-rise buildings is set to be launched by Oct 1. The Star reports that the Strata Community Mediation Centre has been formed in order to address problems faced by the 1.2 million people in the capital city. read


The Ghost in the Room: Mediation and the Courts

The management of burgeoning civil dockets, budgets, courtroom facilities, scheduling pressures and the occasional good old-fashioned desire to punt on complex dispositive motions, have all played a part in causing courts to claim a vested interest in both mediations and their outcome. read


New Law Requires Advance Mediation Disclosures

Newly-enacted CA Evidence Code section 1129 requires attorneys to notify clients about the confidentiality of mediation proceedings before the clients agree to participate in mediation. Attorneys must provide written notice and obtain a signed acknowledgement. The new law takes effect on January 1, 2019. read


Neighborhood disputes turn into little wars all over the city.

The outrage people feel over these seemingly petty concerns can turn formerly cordial next-door neighbors into next-door enemy combatants. read


Florida 'Best and Brightest' bonus lawsuit heads to mediation

A year-old case contending Florida's "Best and Brightest" teacher bonus program discriminates against educators of a certain age or race is headed to mediation in November. read


Subway restaurant, a sign and a little boy display mediation at its best

A resident who had a problem with a sign at a Catonsville business voiced his concern, and he and the business owner worked out the problem on the spot. read


Community Voices through mediation

As a lawyer and mediator, I’ve seen lots of conflicts. Most people don’t understand what mediation is, just how broadly it can be used, and the range of value it brings to resolving private and public conflicts. read


82 prisoners in La Union, Benguet freed via ‘justice on wheels’ - mediation

The fully air-conditioned EJOW bus has two main sections — the front section that serves as the courtroom and the rear section that serves as the mediation room. read


Neighborhood disputes turn into little wars all over the city. Give peace a chance — through mediation

The outrage people feel over these seemingly petty concerns can turn formerly cordial next-door neighbors into next-door enemy combatants. read


When Choosing the Right Mediator Don't Overlook Implicit, Cognitive Biases

Selecting the right mediator is a critical element to improving settlement outcomes. However, many advocates miss the opportunity to select a mediator who will increase the likelihood of a more favorable settlement. read


Ferris wheel lawsuit heads to mediation

A federal lawsuit about injuries from a 2016 accident involving a Ferris wheel owned by a Valdosta company has been ordered into mediation, according to court documents. Three children in Tennessee were injured after falling from a Ferris wheel owned by a Valdosta firm. read


Strike a Pose: How Body Language Can Aid Mediation

Lawyers are combat-ready when it comes to verbal communication. But we march into some of the most intense communication situations possible—depositions, jury selection, oral arguments, trial and mediation—without even basic training in nonverbal communication. read


All The Players But Mass. Join Housatonic River Cleanup Mediation

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and General Electric Co. are funding a new approach to negotiating an agreement on the cleanup of the Housatonic River. Just last week, many of the stakeholders met with an independent mediator. But one key player is choosing not to participate. read


Snezana’s story: From being bullied to ending conflicts at school

Peer mediators in Kosovo (SCR 1244) help keep school safe for everyone read


Toronto Maple Leafs: NHL enter mediation in concussion lawsuit

Fans of the Toronto Maple Leafs and the rest of the league watch on with interest, as the concussion lawsuit involving the NHL and former players enters mediation. read


Why mediation trumps suits in settling marriage disputes

There is a rising rate of divorce in Kenya and globally, as couples rush for annulment before exploring other options available to them. There are some marital issues that can be solved without getting into a hostile and dramatic court process. read


Mediation: How to resolve issues without wasting time and money

“An ounce of mediation is worth a pound of arbitration and a ton of litigation!” — Joseph Grynbaum read


Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale in Mediation Over Custody Agreement

Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale are in mediation over their current custody agreement, two years after reaching a divorce settlement. read


Professional mediation can help Everglades restoration

Independent mediators – what the researchers call "wetland restoration brokers" – could help navigate the economic and political pressures that make restoring wetlands and other natural resources challenging. read


Mediation, trial set in Camp Warrior dispute

The owners of a Jefferson County summer camp are heading into mediation with the Florida Attorney General's Office over allegations that they took payments from parents and did not refund them when the camp abruptly closed. read