Mediation in Today's News

June 2019

Why Japanese mediation of US-Iran tensions makes sense

Reports indicate that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is heading to Southwest Asia next week to mediate tensions between the United States and Iran. more


Dartmouth, women want mediation in sexual misconduct lawsuit

Dartmouth College and nine women who accuse the school of ignoring years of sexual misconduct by three professors have agreed to try to settle a lawsuit out of court. more

May 2019

From violence to dialogue: as land conflicts intensify, UN boosts efforts to resolve disputes through mediation

“In areas that have seen conflict, particularly where you have a broken state, or weak institutions, our approach has been to really think about ways to build trust, confidence and reconciliation among communities. We set up a mediation system. more


Ayodhya: Legal Experts Indicate Possible Solution if Mediation Fails

The larger question is on the utility of mediation on the dispute, what if, after exhausting several months in engaging all stakeholders concerned, it does not yield any result. more


Mediation Explained

European Union, Ireland, United Kingdom more


Does a Prior Relationship With a Party Impair a Mediator’s Neutrality?

California Says Not Necessarily. To what extent does a mediator have an obligation to disclosue prior contacts and relations? more


Dos and Don’ts of Mediation in Family Law Cases

More and more jurisdictions are requiring parties to attend mediation at least once, and sometimes twice, before walking into court for trial. more


Lawyer Who Handled Sept. 11 Victims Fund To Mediate Talks Between Bayer, Plaintiffs

Kenneth Feinberg has been called on to tackle the emotionally grueling job of figuring out the monetary value of victims' lives following a slew of tragedies. And now, a federal judge in California has appointed the prominent attorney to do it again. more


New York Courts to Begin Presumptive Mediation for Civil Cases Later This Year

The purpose of the initiative, which will be a significant change to the state’s court system, is partly to provide an avenue for litigants to resolve legal matters more efficiently and at a lower cost, Chief Judge Janet DiFiore said. more


Brexit Paves Way for Timeshare Disputes Mediation

Brexit should be seen as an opportunity and not a hindrance for those in the UK fighting disputes over unwanted timeshares says a Spanish legal expert. more


Mediation in Norway aims to resolve Venezuela crisis

The Norwegian Centre for Conflict Resolution has worked behind the scenes since last year to bring the two sides in Venezuela together. more


South Lake Tahoe moving toward mediation in attempt to resolve Measure T lawsuit

The city is heading toward mediation with the backers of a lawsuit seeking to strike down Measure T. The hope, according to city officials and an attorney involved in the lawsuit, is to reach a compromise on the vacation home rental issue rather than fight a legal battle in court. more


Business mediation can avoid the grind of litigation

As compared to litigation and arbitration, mediation is less expensive and far quicker. Further, mediation can lead to a resolution broader than the issues raised in a particular lawsuit and may even lead to an ongoing business relationship among the parties. more


Canada - Response time, dispute resolution should be addressed as part of CRA consultation: lawyers

“We’re seeing a lot of movement in the provincial courts around family law mediation and mental health where you’re de-escalating the amount of court time and bringing in forms of alternative dispute resolution. I think the CRA could maybe expand that, because not everything needs to be going to court.” more


Chicago street gang members give ‘peace circles’ a chance to prevent shootings

Hardiman says he’s used peace circles this year to mediate 24 potentially deadly conflicts among gang members on the South Side and the West Side. more


UK (Scotland) - Formality and informality: mediating in the shadow of the courts

When mediating in a court building, how far can and should we go in humanising the conversation? more


Sriram Panchu, Justice Kalifulla, Sri Sri Ravishankar: The Mediators of Ayodhya dispute

The Supreme Court appointed mediation panel, tasked with exploring the possibility of an amicable settlement in the politically sensitive Ayodhya's Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute case, will submit its report before the top court on Friday. more


LIDW19 ends on a high

As London International Disputes Week draws to a close, a commercial courts report highlights London's record year, while organizers are optimistic the inaugural LIDW will be back next year. more


Is Contractually Required Mediation of Complex Business Disputes a Waste of Time?

Requiring business parties on the brink of litigation to hit a controlled mediation pause button with the help of a business-oriented mediator and the right process and participants almost always makes sense. more


Class action timber lawsuit goes to mediation in June

A $1.4 billion breach of contract lawsuit brought against the Oregon Department of Forestry by Linn County and 100 other taxing districts is heading to a mediation session in June. more


Mediation Possible in Minneapolis Police Shooting

The city of Minneapolis will work with a court-appointed mediator to try to resolve the lawsuit over the death of a Black man who was shot by police in 2015, city leaders said Wednesday after a federal judge demanded answers about settlement negotiations. more


Technology and dispute resolution

From the disclosure pilot to paperless trials, courts in England and Wales are leading the way internationally with their use of technology, as the audience heard during a London international Disputes Week session held at CMS. more


Rwanda: Over 15,000 Mediators Receive Bicycles

Nsengimana is one of 17,941 mediators who are buoyant after receiving bicycles from the Ministry of Justice. more


Court Of Queens Bench Of Alberta Lifts Suspension Of The ADR/JDR Rules

On March 12, 2019, the Court of Queen's Bench of Alberta announced that it will lift the suspension of the ADR/JDR Rules on a one-year pilot project basis. Effective September 1, 2019, the ADR/JDR Rules will be in effect for all civil actions scheduled after that date. more


USA Gymnastics Says Mediator Would Help Negotiations With Sex-Abuse Victims

Sports governing body wants bankruptcy judge to mediate settlement talks with athletes who sued organization over sexual-abuse claims. more


Mediation Experts Tout Successes of Below-Radar Parley

Months before receiving the most famous appointment of his career, Special Counsel Robert Mueller had a dramatically different assignment as the court-appointed mediator tapped to resolve litigation over Volkswagen’s emissions scandal. more


Pre-Institution Mediation Under the Indian Commercial Courts Act: A Strategic Advantage

In disputes where a patentee is not seeking a preliminary injunction and wants to use litigation as a tool to negotiate terms for granting limited rights to their IP, pre-initiation mediation is a viable option. more


Ongoing mediation prompts questions about future of Memphis in May

After a successful Beale Street Music Festival, questions still remain about the future of Memphis in May. Right now, Memphis in May is in mediation with the Memphis River Parks Partnership. more


GE Anesthesia Machine Servicing Case Headed for Mediation

A lawsuit accusing General Electric Co. of monopolizing the market for servicing of its anesthesia machines will pause as the two sides undergo court-ordered mediation. more


The Game Of Thrones Scene You Won't See (But Should): Mediation

The following deleted scene from Game of Thrones was recently leaked to the internet, off of the cutting-room floor, and illustrates how collaborative mediation can play out. more


London pride as disputes week beckons

Merry is the month of May which will see over 50 leading law firms, barristers’ chambers, experts, and leading arbitration and mediation bodies join forces, alongside academics and the legal media to launch London’s answer to similar events in Hong Kong, Dubai and Paris; namely, London International Disputes Week. more


UK: Alternative Dispute Resolution Methods to Resolve Trust Disputes

The lack of privacy in court proceedings, and the fact that they will always carry a degree of uncertainty, is prompting high net worth individuals to seek alternative ways of resolving disputes over high value trusts. more


India: [Book Review] Settle For More- The Commercial Mediation Monograph By Sriram Panchu

To the world presently, Mr. Sriram Panchu is the man who has taken up the challenge of mediation of the Babri Masjid-Ram Mandir dispute along with distinguished co-mediators. To mediation aficionados of India, Mr. Panchu is one of the handful practising mediators who have contributed to the literature on mediation in India . more


Boilerplate Language - the Devil is in the Details

Boilerplate legal provisions can be critical to solid contract formation. So critical, in fact, that when I am asked to review the merits of a dispute, I almost always first turn to the boilerplate in the contract(s) or document(s) and then work backwards to the substantive issues in dispute. more


How Is This Divorce Different From All Other Divorces?

Exploring four paradigms of collaborative (and mediated) divorces. more


Justice Minister to speak in Ottawa on Divorce Act

Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, the Honourable David Lametti PC MP, is addressing Family Law professionals regarding about Bill C-78, an Act to amend the Divorce Act at the joint conference of the Ontario Collaborative Law Federation (OCLF) and the Ontario Association for Family Mediation (OAFM). more


Bayer Agrees to Mediation in Roundup Lawsuit

Bayer is facing more than 10,000 lawsuits relating to their Roundup weed killer. U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria, the judge who provided over the first two cases against Bayer, revealed in a filing that Bayer and Elaine Stevick, a plaintiff in another case, have been ordered to go into confidential mediation. more


Judge Sends Dodger Stadium Fan Rumble Case to Mediation

A judge Tuesday referred to mediation a lawsuit filed by a man who alleges he was beaten and suffered a traumatic brain injury outside Dodger Stadium after attending a playoff game between the Mets and the home team in 2015. more


Sue, Settle, Mediate, Litigate. RIMS Covers the Bases on Dispute Resolution

Sue or settle? Mediate or litigate? Attorneys and risk managers on Tuesday tapped into years of experience to suggest strategies that will lead to the right approach for resolution of claim disputes during the Risk and Insurance Management Society’s annual conference at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. more


On Major Land Use Conflicts, San Diegans Should Consider Mediation

With the number and intensity of land use and environmental conflicts escalating, we need to consider mediation as a legitimate alternative to litigation. Otherwise, we are destined to continue living out Albert Einstein’s definition of insanity — doing the same thing over and over, and expecting different results. more


Traffic stop lawsuit may be settled by mediation

Lawyers for the state of Vermont and the American Civil Liberties Union of Vermont are planning to enter mediation over the summer to resolve the case of a black man who said a Vermont State Police Trooper stopped him illegally in 2014 in Wallingford. more


The Canadian Ombudsperson for Responsible Enterprise – Lingering Questions on the Role’s Mandate and Powers

The CORE’s mandate is to review alleged human rights abuses arising from the overseas operations of Canadian companies in the extractives and garment sectors, with the possibility of further expansion of industries in the future. more


Mahatma Gandhi, Master Mediator

Gandhi brought communities and regions ignored by the nationalist movement into India’s political mainstream. more

April 2019

Fargo training firm uses transformative mediation to help couples navigate divorce

According to Viozzi and White, their work is about "empowering the individual to grow the whole." more


4th Circuit extends mediation in dispute over Md. college segregation

Mediation between Maryland and its historically black institutions, scheduled to be completed by April 30, was extended by three months. more


Students, schools recognized for success in peer mediation

Some deserving students were recognized Wednesday night for their work as peer mediators. more


Elder Mediation Can Bring Families Back Together

What must a family do when they are facing such an impasse and the breakdown of relationships with each other? At this point it may be best to call on a neutral party to come in, repair the damage and help them make the right decisions. more


Best Practices for Class Action Litigators and Why Mediation May Be in the Client’s Best Interest

Class action litigation can be very expensive, time-consuming, and risky. Mediation is attractive because it helps undercut those downsides, and instead focuses on finding solutions to the disputes at hand. more


Measure to Ensure Continuation of Mediation Program to Combat NJ’s Ongoing Foreclosure Crisis Becomes Law

Working to reduce the staggering number of foreclosures in New Jersey and help homeowners keep their homes, a measure to codify the state’s Foreclosure Mediation Program was signed into law on April 29. more


Bell customer's 5-month fight is 1 of almost 10,000 recent complaints to telco mediator

Billing issues and misleading contract terms are top issues for consumers more


Mediation underway at Alberta First Nations school after teacher walk-out

350 supporters signed a petition calling for the school’s management team to be dismantled more