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January 2013
1/23
Ireland: Embittered sides in cinema dispute agree to mediation

A dispute affecting the operator of the capital's Savoy and Screen cinemas, the Dublin Cinema Group (DCG), is to go to mediation. The dispute allegedly arises out of a bid by one of the owners of DCG to get involved in opening a multiplex in the St Stephen's Green Centre which it is claimed could damage business at the Savoy and Screen.

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Mediation extended in fight over $9 billion in Nortel assets

A mediator overseeing creditor negotiations in Nortel Networks' bankruptcy said on Tuesday he is extending talks over how to distribute about $9 billion in cash at the fallen telecom.  Ontario Chief Justice Warren Winkler said in a statement the mediation, scheduled to end at noon on Tuesday, had been extended, but did not say for how long.

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Chinese Government To Open Mediation Center For Online Piracy Disputes

China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) plans to establish a center that will deal with disputes over intellectual property and online copyright issues.

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1/21
Northrup Schlueter Law Firm Now Offering Mediation Services

Northrup Schlueter APLC, a law firm based in Westlake Village and Santa Barbara, announced that it is offering mediation services. Partner David Schlueter, who has represented businesses and individuals in commercial and construction matters for nearly 30 years, will handle mediation services for the five-member firm.

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Township orders mediation for rowing clubs

Members of The Woodlands Township Board of Directors agreed to give members of two local rowing clubs 30 days to reach an agreement before the township pursues legal action on a current land lease at the head of the dispute.

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San Bernardino police, fire unions enter mediation

The unions representing San Bernardino's police and firefighters have agreed to nonbinding mediation with the city as part of its bankruptcy process, after months of stalled contract negotiations.

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Switzerland continues to support mediation in Mali

Switzerland continues to support mediation between the Mali government and rebel Tuareg groups despite an escalation of the conflict following the French military intervention.  State Secretary Yves Rossier defends France's intervention in Mali.

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Pier Mediation Continued

A daylong mediation Friday between the City of St. Petersburg and local attorney Kathleen Ford did not provide a conclusion to the lawsuit regarding the VoteOnThePier petition.

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1/20
Support mediation group to combat social violence

The tragedy in Newtown, Conn., left us heartbroken and looking for answers. No doubt the shooting was a result of many underlying issues, but as a mediation and family services center, we are asking ourselves: Might the lack of opportunity to resolve conflicts be one contributing factor?

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1/17
Deception in computer-facilitated negotiation and dispute resolution

How can we assess with any accuracy whether someone is lying to us through online communication media? And - what can we do to prevent it? This article spotlights an issue that anybody practicing ODR needs to consider.

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Peacenik Russel Simmons wants unarmed mediators in schools

Hip hop mogul Russell Simmons called for funding for unarmed peacekeepers in schools during a press conference on City Hall's steps today saying, "when underserved communities are at risk, you're all at risk."

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Evergreen Park High School Turns Out Teen Mediators

Evergreen Park Community High School is pleased to announce the new graduates of the Mustang Mediators Peer Mediation Program.

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FSA Resumes Mediation on Kidnapped Pilgrims

The rebel Free Syrian Army announced on Wednesday that it has resumed its mediation concerning the Lebanese abductees in Syria's Aazaz at the request of ex-Prime Minister Saad Hariri.

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Blackfeet tribal council seeks mediation

A member of the Blackfeet Tribal Business Council says the council will seek assistance from the Bureau of Indian Affairs to mediate a dispute that has split the nine-member council and led to 10 tribal members claiming seats.

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1/16
Mediation Center of the Pacific names virtual mediation room for Honolulu attorney

The Mediation Center of the Pacific is offering a room dedicated for virtual mediation at its Honolulu facility to help keep up with an increasing number of cases involving clients off-island.

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FINRA launches small claims telephonic mediation pilot

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (Finra) announced today the launch of a pilot program offering parties in simplified cases pro bono or reduced-fee telephone mediation.

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1/15
Sides cite progress in Savannah dredging talks

The sides in a federal lawsuit challenging the $650 million deepening of the Savannah River shipping channel say progress is being made toward reaching a settlement.

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Omani activists seek Grand Mufti's mediation

Omani Netizens have sought Grand Mufti Shaikh Ahmad Bin Hamad Al Khalili’s mediation ahead of judgment day for nine of them in the case of insulting the Sultan.

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Common Errors Can Affect the Cost Of Your Divorce

Divorce is a process, requiring the completion of certain steps to achieve the final goal. Those steps are accomplished with the help of many of the industry's professionals, and an understanding of the actual process is critical to minimizing necessary costs.

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1/14
Ag Week: Settling a dispute

North Dakota man will use mediation service for deer depredation disagreement.

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Nortel Creditors Start Mediation on Splitting $9 Billion

Creditors of Nortel Networks Corp. (NRTLQ), the telecommunications company being liquidated in bankruptcy, gathered in Toronto to try for the third time to agree on how to split $9 billion in cash.

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Both sides report progress in Savannah harbor deepening mediation

After two multi-day mediation sessions, both sides involved in the Savannah River dredging conflict have broken their silence to report “progress has been made and settlement discussions are ongoing.”

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Nortel trustees and PPF in Canada for international mediation

Representatives from the Nortel Networks UK Pension Plan and the Pension Protection Fund have travelled to Canada in a bid to secure more than $2bn (£1.2bn) from an international mediation.

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OIC offers Iraq mediation to overcome tension

Organization of the Islamic Cooperation (OIC) SG Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu has offered mediation in Iraq in order to overcome political conflict.

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Mediation will address US speedskaters' grievance

When U.S. Speedskating released the final report Friday night examining the issues surrounding a divisive scandal that fractured the sport at the highest level, all the explosive issues were explored – the tampering of a competitor's skate, as well as the allegations of physical and emotional abuse by the former head coach of the U.S. short track team.

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1/10
Ducks fan pays tribute to mediator

“I was so impressed with the tireless work put in by mediator Scot Beckenbaugh to end the NHL lockout that I decided to pay tribute to him." Ducks fan William Simpson shows off his newest Ducks jersey.

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Union Street students solve student problems as peer mediators

“We are not judges. We are not here to punish you or tell you what to do. We are here to help you resolve your conflict,” Kirker said in a skit performed with peer mediators.

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Mediation Ordinance in Hong Kong

The Mediation Ordinance (“the MO”), which was officially enacted on 22 June 2012, has come into effect on 1 January 2013. Yet, it applies retroactively to pre-existing agreements to mediate and past mediations.

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Russia, United States to meet Syria envoy Lakhdar Brahimi

Russian and United States diplomats plan to hold a meeting with the international mediator for Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, on Friday in Geneva.

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Lawsuit over death of county jail inmate headed for mediation

A federal lawsuit pending for nearly five years against Sangamon County Jail officials over the death of Paul Carlock, an accused pedophile who performed as “Klutzo” the clown, is headed for mediation.

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Mediation Tips For Trial Lawyers & Their Clients

Mediation has grown in popularity because it operates in an informal, confidential atmosphere that leaves decision making in the hands of the parties.

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1/09
Mediation offered in Chinese paper censorship row

The Communist Party chief of Guangdong province has reportedly stepped in to mediate a standoff over censorship at a Chinese newspaper, in a potentially encouraging sign for press freedoms in China.

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Bashir seeks Mugabe's mediation in peace process

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir has dispatched a top-level envoy to Harare in a bid to persuade his Zimbabwe counterpart Robert Mugabe to mediate in peace talks with South Sudan.

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What Can The NHL Lockout Teach Us About Mediating Non-Compete And Trade Secret Disputes?

What does all of this have to do with mediating non-compete disputes? Probably not much. But as a hockey fan and non-compete mediator, let me attempt to draw a correlation.

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1/07
Negotiating with a Song - "Chip Don't Go"

With Chip Kelly rumored to have been seriously considering coaching jobs with the Browns, Eagles and Bills, many fans got creative in trying to persuade him to stay in Eugene. The most famous attempt was a song released on YouTube by singer-songwriter Mat Kearney, who wrote “Chip Don’t Go” the night of the Fiesta Bowl.

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Myanmar mediators urge Suu Kyi help in Kachin war

Mediators trying to broker a peace deal between the military and ethnic minority rebels in northern Myanmar on Saturday appealed to Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi to help end the bloody conflict.

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Clarity sought on Lens' future in St. Pete

The public can be forgiven for lingering confusion about the fate of the iconic Pier and the plans for replacing it with a modern architectural showpiece. After all, for years it has been debated, discussed, voted on — and now, litigated. Later this month, a mediation session might bring some clarity to the long-running dispute.

 
Meet the American mediator who stick-handled the two sides to a deal

The man credited with helping the National Hockey League and its players union salvage the remainder of the 2012-13 season is a soft-spoken public servant with roots in the American Midwest.

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Minn. Politicians Embrace Conflict Resolution

Understanding each other’s perspectives and looking for commonality when there are differences is what conflict resolution is all about. Recently, the Conflict Resolution Center in Minneapolis sponsored a seminar where Minnesota lawmakers, both Democrats and Republicans, learned the art of mediation.

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How Scot Beckenbaugh is Ending the Lockout

When negotiation talks have deteriorated to a critical stage and it seems that all trust has evaporated between the two parties, the mediator’s job is no longer solely focused on getting the groups in a room to discuss an agreement, but to rebuild a relationship based on the end result. In mediation terms, this strategy is typically referred to as Relationship-by-Objective or RBO.

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1/06
NHL owes mediator Scot Beckenbaugh for his help in ending lockout

The player who joins the storied list of NHL MVPs in the upcoming shortened season owes at least a share of it to federal mediator Scot Beckenbaugh, who won’t lace up a skate but may be the biggest reason the league is back on the ice.

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Hayes peer group steps in when students disagree

Delaware Hayes High School does not rely only on staff to resolve conflicts between students. Instead, trained students have an opportunity to help their peers sort things out.

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NHL lockout: US mediator MVP of final bargaining session

George Cohen, left, director of federal mediation, praised mediator Scot L. Beckenbaugh, right, on Sunday for his "extraordinary contribution" to NHL negotiations that resulted in a tentative agreement on a new CBA on the weekend.

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Malaysia: Mediation Act 2012 Not So Bad After All

Mediation has long been embraced in Malaysia as a form of alternative dispute resolution (ADR). The Mediation Act 2012 (Act) was recently introduced by Parliament, and came into force on Aug 1, 2012 with the aim of promoting and encouraging mediation as a method of ADR and to facilitate the settlement of disputes in a fair, speedy and cost-effective manner. This article discusses the salient provisions of the Act and how the Act could have been improved.

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1/05
Divorcing couples 'should try mediation before using courts'

Unfortunately, for many couples that means planning separate lives. Lawyers even refer to the first working day in January as “Divorce Day” because so many people begin legal proceedings to end their marriages at this time, but ministers are urging couples to seek an alternative to “traumatic”, drawn-out and costly courtroom battles.

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Divorce Day: Couples Most Likely To Split In January, UK Government To Announce Mediation Funding

New year, new spouse? The first week back at work means "Divorce Day" for the legal sectors, as husbands and wives begin to contact solicitors over the Christmas break. Divorce lawyers told The Huffington Post UK that January and February were traditionally peak periods.

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Losing Control Over the Negotiating Process During a Mediation

During the course of a mediation, there are opportunities for a party to exercise control in order to obtain the best result that can be achieved at a mediation. There are also critical points during the process when a party can lose control and cede it to the mediator and the other parties. A handful of examples will illustrate my point.

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School mediation talks yield progress: report

Parties involved in the merger of Shelby County Schools and Memphis City Schools currently are undergoing mediation talks to settle a number of differences, and after a marathon session yesterday, they appear to be making progress.

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Myanmar mediators urge Suu Kyi help in Kachin war

Mediators trying to broker a peace deal between the military and ethnic minority rebels in northern Myanmar on Saturday appealed to Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi to help end the bloody conflict.

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Should we take up the EEOC on its offer to mediate a complaint?

The EEOC wants us to participate in mediation. Should we? If we don’t, will it make the investigator think we’re trying to hide something?

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Mediator continues separate talks with NHL, NHLPA

For now, the NHL's labour dispute lies in the hands of Scot L. Beckenbaugh. The U.S. federal mediator continued to shuttle between the NHL and NHL Players' Association on Saturday morning in New York for independent sessions with each group.  Donald Fehr, executive director of the NHL Players' Association, is pictured.

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