Mediation in Today's News

October 2017

European Commission should mediate in Catalan crisis, MEP says

The European Commission should intercede in the secession struggle between Spain, which wants to maintain the country's unity, and its Catalonia region which is trying to gain independence, a European parliamentarian said on Tuesday. read


Open Bar: Mediation discards the troubled past in favor of a brighter future

It is no secret that I believe the process of mediation to be far superior to that of litigation. read


Mediation expected in Nicholas County consolidation controversy

State schools superintendent Steve Paine says the Federal Emergency Management Agency has given a favorable impression of extending a funding deadline to build new schools in Nicholas County and a mediator backed by the federal agency and the governor might get involved. read


New York: New Commercial Division Rule Amendments Emphasize Use of ADR

A new state Supreme Court Commercial Division rule requiring counsel to discuss alternative dispute resolution with their clients before the preliminary conference and before each subsequent conference is set to go into effect next year. read


Western Massachusetts court-connected dispute resolution programs honored

Hampden Probate and Family Court Judge David Sacks on Monday praised the work of 15 court-connected dispute resolution programs in Western Massachusetts. read


UK Civil justice overseers back 'presumption' of mediation

Compulsory mediation edged closer today as civil justice experts came out in favour of parties in most cases being required to engage in alternative dispute resolution. read


New Irish Mediation Act places statutory obligation on litigants to consider alternative dispute resolution methods

The Mediation Act (the “Act”), which was signed into law on 2 October 2017, places a new statutory obligation on litigants to consider mediation as a means of resolving a dispute. It is due to commence in the coming weeks. read


Chief judge orders Apuron to join mediation process

U.S. District Court Chief Judge Frances Tydingco-Gatewood on Tuesday ordered Archbishop Anthony S. Apuron, or his attorney, to participate in premediation talks to try to settle more than 130 Guam clergy sex abuse cases. read


Oct. 17: Roundtable on Mediation and the Homeless

The Los Angeles County Department of Consumer and Business Affairs will host a “Roundtable on How Mediation Can Help the Homeless Population” at the L.A. Law Library in downtown Los Angeles on Tuesday, October 17 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. read


Police discourage victims pressing charges against officers, offer mediation instead

Tyler Pogan was offered the mediation after complaining he was pepper sprayed and repeatedly punched by a police officer during an arrest in Gisborne in October 2014. read


Mediators rally for criminal justice reform

Red cheeked and sweaty in the unseasonable heat, Lorig Charkoudian ran with a mission. The Executive Director of Community Mediation Maryland traveled on foot from Hagerstown en route to Baltimore, stopping at Frederick’s Trinity United Methodist Church on Saturday for the Rally for Criminal Justice Reform. read


The Mediation Act 2017 provides an opportunity for the legal system to become fairer

Cork-based solicitor and chairman of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators Ireland branch (CIArb), Bill Holohan is a staunch advocate of mediation to resolve disputes, having had his own personal road to Damascus moment a decade ago. read


China reinforces mediation call as Rohingya crisis spirals

Without alienating Bangladesh, China is backing Myanmar, setting the stage of mediation between the two countries to resolve the Rohingya humanitarian and refugee crisis. read


8 Nobel Peace laureates call for mediation in Catalonia

The Nobel laureates condemned the violence during illegal referendum of independence Oct. 1 in Catalonia and referred to the referendums held in Quebec and Scotland, regions where secession was voted against in 1995 and 2014 respectively, as examples of "mature democracies" and "freedom of expression". read


Baltimore mediation center will work to ensure community engagement with police consent decree

The Baltimore Community Mediation Center, newly appointed to serve on the city’s consent decree monitoring team, said Wednesday it plans to “develop a team of volunteers drawn from various segments of Baltimore’s population to ensure appropriate and authentic community engagement” in the process. read


More NWA conflicts trying mediation over litigation

Mediation as an alternative to litigation is increasing in Northwest Arkansas and across the state. According to the Arkansas Alternative Dispute Resolution Commission, 378 cases were resolved with mediation in 2013; 400 cases in 2014 and 500 cases in 2015. read


Is Mediation a Good Idea for Your Divorce?

Divorces can be brutal. Even if you and your spouse are trying to end things reasonably, you may still need to go through months of lengthy courtroom procedures, and face rapidly escalating legal fees. There is, however, an alternative. If you and your spouse are amicable to one another, you could pursue mediation—but is it really a good idea? read


Judge Farlam to drive minibus taxi mediation

Cape Town - Retired Supreme Court of Appeal Judge Ian Farlam has been appointed by the Western Cape government to mediate in the conflict between minibus taxi operators in the province that turned violent in September. read


Study: Mediation favored; style fitting litigants' status may be better

A novel Indiana study finds judges, lawyers and mediators broadly agree that mediation is likelier than trial proceedings to provide fair and satisfactory results for couples in family law cases. Researchers also suggest that mediators may be able to further improve outcomes by tailoring their styles to fit litigants’ circumstances. read


Catalonia waters down mediation proposal to convince Madrid

Catalonia is looking for an international mediator who would help build a minimum of “mutual trust” between Madrid and Barcelona following the region’s independence referendum on 1 October, read

September 2017

South Africa: Why mediation and arbitration offer a better route to solving medical disputes

The benefit of a medical mediation is that the emotional toll on both parties in the dispute is minimized. read


EU Parliament Resolution on the implementation of the Mediation Directive

The EU Parliament has adopted a Resolution on the implementation of the EU Mediation Directive containing recommendations aimed at increasing the use of mediation in civil and commercial disputes throughout the EU. The Resolution follows a 2016 report by the EU Commission which concluded that, overall, the Mediation Directive had added value, particularly by prompting significant legislative changes in several Member States. read


Getting to yes - M.V. Mediation Program smooths out family inheritance issues.

In his poem “Mending Fences,” a Robert Frost character declares that “good fences make good neighbors.” Good advice for neighbors, perhaps, but not for family members, particularly when sensitive matters, such as dividing family assets, are on the table. read


ON MEDIATION: Mediation statements: Don’t just do them, give them to the right person

Our topic today is mediation statements: Should you prepare one? Yes. What should be included? I’ll talk about that briefly. And who should you send it to? We’ll spend most of our time on that. read


Empirical Research on Mediation Techniques Can Be Useful in Vetting Attorneys and Mediators

People often complain that they don’t know how to properly vet attorneys. One very effective way is assessing their views on mediation, when they use it, and the mediators they tend to use. read


Mediation Perspectives: Peace, Conflict and Mediation in Islam

The fourth installment of the CSS Mediation Perspectives Blog Mini-Series on the use of religious resources in peace mediation (Part one: Criteria, Part two: Christianity, Part three: Buddhism) comes from a Muslim perspective and looks at how peace, conflict and mediation are part of Islam. read


Mediating Cyber Insurance Claims During Supply Chain Disputes

With cyber threats on the rise, many supply and demand chain executives are purchasing cyber insurance policies to help mitigate risk. However, as a relatively new field, the cyber insurance market has not settled on standard policy language, and there has been little case law on coverage disputes, creating an air of uncertainty around many facets of cyber policy coverage.  read


Real Estate: Surveying settlement: Mapping mediation strategies for real estate disputes

I here survey strategies for maximizing settlement opportunities through mediating neighbour disputes, claims arising out of purchase and sale agreements, and mortgage enforcement. read


Bridgez heads to mediation with alleged knife-wielding attacker

Dancehall artiste Bridgez will head to mediation on November 9th with her alleged knife-wielding attacker after the male accused appeared in court recently to answer the charges. She was injured in a well-publicised incident on Red Hills Road earlier this year where she was stabbed several times. read


Mediator who brokered Boko Haram deal to release Chibok girls is UNHCR's 2017 Nansen Refugee Award winner

The Nansen Refugee Award recognizes extraordinary humanitarian work on behalf of refugees, the internally displaced or stateless people. UNHCR, the United Nations' refugee agency, announced Monday that the 2017 recipient is Mustapha, a lawyer and mediator from Borno State in northeast Nigeria. read


Celebrating 30 years of community mediation

When your mission is to ameliorate disputes, it’s hard to quantify the scope of your effectiveness. How does one measure the absence of strife? read


As 108th lawsuit is filed against church, mediation efforts are stalled

The latest lawsuit once again names Father Louis Brouillard as the alleged perpetrator. Although assurances were given that mediation in the scores of sex abuse lawsuits would be completed sometime next month, it looks as though it may not happen until next year. And with that announcement comes more lawsuits being filed against the Archdiocese of Agana. read


Ill inmate's case resolved in mediation

A case in which a seriously ill inmate at the State Correctional Institution at Somerset said he was forced to crawl to a wheelchair before being taken to the infirmary has been resolved through mediation, according to an order filed by U.S. Magistrate Lisa Pupo Lenihan of Pittsburgh. read


$15.1M Verdict for Fatal Police Shooting Goes to Mediation

The family and estate of Leonard Thomas and the Lakewood Police Department will be meeting with a mediator to see if the two parties can come up with a revised settlement amount after a jury awarded the family $15.1 million in July. read


Flanagan launches brochure promoting mediation in farm disputes

Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan has launched a new Mediators’ Institute of Ireland brochure promoting mediation in farm disputes. read


Boom in e-commerce calls for online mediation services

HANGZHOU,(Xinhua) -- How to make legal documents via voice recognition technology and how to reach online settlements on e-commerce disputes were among topics discussed at a meeting on mediation held Tuesday in Hangzhou, capital of east China's Zhejiang Province. read


Should You Mediate Your Family-Owned Business Dispute?

Disputes between and among owners of family-owned businesses are sometimes unavoidable. When such disputes progress to litigation, they can be extremely costly, time-consuming, and disruptive for the business and its owners. read


Dayton, Lawmakers Hire Mediator to Work Out Legal Dispute

Gov. Mark Dayton and top MN Republicans on Tuesday chose an experienced mediator to try to help them out of a constitutional impasse. read


Lawyers: More time needed for clergy sex abuse pre-mediation talks

Attorneys involved in the more than 100 child sex abuse lawsuits against the Catholic church on Guam have asked the local and federal courts to give them more time to work out the details of a proposed mediation to settle the cases. read


First Hawaiian Bank Foundation Funds School Mediation Program

First Hawaiian Bank Foundation provided $7,500 to the peer mediation elementary school program sponsored by Ku‘ikahi Mediation Center, a Hilo nonprofit that serves East Hawai‘i. read


Former defensive coordinator Bob Shoop, Penn State head to mediation in lawsuits

Former Penn State defensive coordinator Bob Shoop and Penn State agreed to mediation on Monday to resolve a buyout dispute before heading to court. US Middle District Judge Robert D. Mariani named a mediator on Friday. Judge Mariani directed both parties that mediation must take place sometime within 60 days. read


Child Death Suit Headed For Mediation

The parties named in a lawsuit filed by the parents of the child who died while attending the 2011 Erwin Christmas Parade will meet later this year in an effort to resolve the suit. The family of Cullen Reece Parker filed suit against multiple entities following the tragic loss of their 3-year-old son after what started out as an evening of holiday fun. read


Serena Williams' stepmother to settle eviction drama at mediation

Lakeisha Williams is ready to wrap up her divorce from estranged husband Richard Williams, father of tennis stars Venus and Serena Williams. read


New condo-living organization enters the scene in Ontario

CAO will be responsible for a new online dispute resolution tribunal “that will include online guided negotiation, mediation and adjudication to help resolve issues and settle disputes,” along with self-help tools for those who have questions or want to resolve disputes on their own.  read


Six Essential Qualities for Mediators in Mediating Geopolitical Conflicts

What does a good mediator need in order to successfully swim the treacherous waters of mediating issues of geopolitical conflict? When it comes to mediating geopolitical conflicts, the mediator must have “mana.” read


Dennis Rodman offers to 'straighten things out' with US, North Korea

Retired basketball star Dennis Rodman has offered to play mediator between the U.S. and North Korea amid a nuclear standoff. read


Mediation as an Alternative to Litigating Intellectual Property Disputes

“Discourage litigation, persuade your neighbors to compromise whenever you can." Abraham Lincoln’s words from the middle of the 19th century continue to ring true over 150 years later for businesspeople embroiled in intellectual property disputes. read


Bend noise issue pits neighbors against music venues

City, neighbors and musicians all hoping for effective mediation. read


Annex midrise condo that drew ire of Margaret Atwood will undergo mediation

A developer and group of high-profile Annex residents will hash out their differences over a controversial Davenport Rd. midrise. On Wednesday, Toronto & East York community council agreed that the city’s lawyer should ask for mediation at the province’s land and development disputes tribunal read


Community Mediation Upper Shore gets local shingle

A ribbon cutting and grand opening ceremony will be held Thursday at 4:45 p.m. for the Cecil County office of Community Mediation Upper Shore. The public is invited to see the office at 224 E. Main St. in Elkton. read


Agweek TV: Ag mediation

Many farmers and ranchers are feeling the pinch of low commodity prices and poor growing conditions, and some will end up in mediation. The programs vary from state to state, and some say there's a need to improve them. read