Mediation in Today's News

December 2017

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


Mediation talks offered to feud families after baby shot in attack

Mediation talks have been offered to the two groups at the centre of a feud which has resulted in an eight-month-old baby being shot. read


Man convicted of murder at 15 spared life sentence through mediation

Jeremy Burse, convicted of fatally shooting his friend during a botched robbery when he was 15 years old, avoided a life sentence for murder Friday (Dec. 1) after prosecutors and defense attorneys struck a mediated deal to lessen his penalty. read


Courts can mediate dog disputes with condo board

The case law on condos and canines holds that condo boards cannot bar dogs, but are within their rights to set a limit on the size or number of dogs. read


Broward Judge Faces 30-Day Suspension Without Pay for Referring Hundreds of Mediations to Former Campaign Adviser

The judge referred 80 percent of mediations to her former campaign adviser, who charged $250-$300 per hour on each case. read


Kenyan Judiciary launches Court Annexed Mediation to reduce backlog of cases

The Judiciary has taken measures to reduce the backlog of cases with the launch of the Court annexed mediation, a radical move which seeks to exploit alternative dispute resolution (ADR) methods to reduce accumulation of cases which has been termed as a stain and negative blot on the Judiciary’s image. read

November 2017

Mediation Prep and Practices in Employment-Law Cases

Michael H. Dolinger writes: Success in mediation depends not only on the skills of the mediator, but on the approach of counsel and clients. read


Judge: Bend must settle sewer plant lawsuit out of court

The city of Bend will have to settle an expensive sewer plant lawsuit out of court, a Deschutes County judge ruled Monday. read


Reduced Sanction for Contractor Who Sent Health Care Aide as Proxy in Construction Defect Mediation

After nine years of litigation, the court had ordered parties to send representatives with the power to settle the long-running dispute during mediation. read


Mediator brought in to help NYPD union, city reach new contract amid stalled talks

Contract negotiations between the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association and the city have reached a standstill, according to the New York State Public Employment Relations Board, which has appointed a mediator to assist in further negotiations. read


Why Mediation Needs Regulation

Mediation should be regulated for the good of the public, argues legal scholar. read


Ricoh Arena row: Coventry City, Wasps and council ordered to use mediation

Coventry City, Wasps and the council have been ordered to take part in mediation over the long-running Ricoh Arena legal battle. A Court of Appeal judge instructed the parties to take part in peace talks during a hearing at the Royal Courts of Justice building, in London, today. read


California Supreme Court rules for farmworkers, and upholds binding mediation

The California Supreme Court on Monday handed a victory to the nation’s most recognizable agricultural labor unions, unanimously overturning an appellate ruling that state-mandated contract mediation with farmers was unconstitutional. read


Memphis to try mediation to move a statue of Confederate Gen. Forrest

Memphis and the Sons of Confederate Veterans will try mediation to resolve their differences on the removal of a statue of Confederate Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest, City Council attorney Allan Wade said Tuesday. read Recognized as a Top Attorney Directory for SEO!

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Mediation Ordered in Foster Case

Idaho:  Mediation is being ordered in the case of a Blanchard man accused of shooting two Bonner County sheriff’s deputies who tried to arrest him. read


Trinity uses facilitator for mediation between college heads, Dean’s office

According to an email sent out to Trinity College students during reading week, the Heads Team and Dean of Students office are working with an external facilitator to help with the mediation process following the vote of no-confidence in the Dean’s office this September. read


Ekweremadu speaks as mediators pick 1,000 participants

Nigeria: The Deputy Senate President, Dr. Ike Ekweremadu, has been named the keynote speaker at this year’s Annual General Meeting and Conference of the Institute of Chartered Mediators and Conciliators (ICMC). read


‘How we managed 40,000 disputes in 10 months’

Director, Citizens Mediation Centre (CMC), Lagos State Ministry of Justice (MOJ), Mrs Oluwatoyin Odusanya, says the agency has mediated in over 40,000 disputes since the beginning of the year. Odusanya said the figure, which averages at over 4,000 complaints resolved monthly, is 25 per cent more than what was recorded last year. read


Enforcing Your Patent Without Litigation

Avoiding litigation using a handful of tools can save you millions and even your business. read


Arb-Med-Arb: what is it and how can it help the parties to solve their disputes efficiently?

AMA is a hybrid mechanism and combines arbitration and mediation. It contains in essence the following steps: read


Islamic states highlight mediation as key means to resolve conflicts

Representatives of Islamic countries on Tuesday called for prioritizing mediation as an effective mechanism for peaceful resolution of conflicts. read


Mediation ordered in Portsmouth cop's free speech case

A U.S. District Court judge has scheduled mediation for a lawsuit alleging a former city police officer’s First Amendment rights were breached when he was reprimanded for giving an interview to the Portsmouth Herald. read


When court cases deadlock, mediators step in

While court mediation is most commonly used in domestic relations cases, such as divorce or child custody, it’s also an option in criminal cases. read


Apple goes to mediation over denying customers fixes for "error 53"

The Federal Court has referred Apple and the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission to mediation over claims the iPhone manufacturer refused to remedy some customers with the infamous "error 53". read


Online Dispute Resolution (ODR) in an Information Age

In the 21st century, as courts have gone online and adopted new technologies, we increasingly find mobile courts, video conferencing, online courts, mediation-by-Skype and other innovations. Just as our society has become increasingly connected and networked, courts are now seen as part of a network. read


The Case For Creating A Mediation Department At Your Firm

While most law firm websites tout mediation experience and have alternative dispute resolution practices that tend to focus on arbitration, no major law firm has a dedicated mediation department, and few have mediation specialists to provide a function similar to the appellate experts. read


5 mediation tactics for dealing with an unreasonable roommate

In this article, you’ll learn 5 mediation and conflict-resolving tactics which will help you rise above the petty squabbles, and make peace with your unreasonable roommate. read


Juan de Fuca gets nod to participate in CRD's growth strategy mediation

Mike Hicks will get a say when a mediator tries to end disputes over the Capital Regional District’s growth strategy. Piping water to rural areas is the contentious issue in the strategy, with some CRD directors concerned about urban sprawl, especially in the Juan de Fuca area. Hicks, CRD director for the Juan de Fuca Electoral Area, appealed to Premier John Horgan asking him to intervene. read


United States: The Continuing Value Of The Joint Session In Mediation

Traditionally, the joint session has been the foundation of the mediation process. read


Mediation period for Nassar suits to be extended

The mediation period for lawsuits related to alleged sexual abuse by ex-MSU and USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar will be extended, according to court documents filed Monday. read


Federal Court refers Apple and ACCC to mediation over warranty claims

AU Federal Court judge Mark Moshinsky has referred the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) and Apple to mediation over claims that the iPhone maker misled customers about their rights in relation to defective devices. read


Pontiac goes back to mediation over Phoenix Center lawsuit

The city of Pontiac is currently in mediation with the owners of Ottawa Towers to try and settle a $14 million lawsuit pertaining to the Phoenix Center. read


Anthem Proposes Mediation To End Stalemate With Hartford HealthCare

Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield is pushing Hartford HealthCare to agree to mediation to end a contract stalemate that has reached its seventh week and is causing tens of thousands of people in Connecticut to pay more for health care. read


Sexual harassment lawsuit against Henrico startup resolved in mediation

A sexual harassment lawsuit brought against a Henrico County health technology company was resolved Tuesday in a court mediation. read


Mediation in Larry Nassar lawsuits could be extended into December

Attorneys on all sides are seeking to extend the mediation phase in the federal lawsuits filed over alleged sexual assaults by Larry Nassar. read


NFL rejects player request for mediation, reiterates Kaepernick invitation

“We don’t believe that there’s a need for a third-party mediator,” league spokesman Joe Lockhart said during a Tuesday morning media briefing. read


Mediator ordered in white nationalist case vs Michigan State

A mediator will try to settle a dispute between Michigan State University and white nationalist Richard Spencer, who wants to speak on campus. read


UN Appoints Obasanjo As High-Level Advisor On Mediation

The United Nations (UN) Secretary-General, Antonio Gutierrez has appointed former President Olusegun Obasanjo and 17 other current and past world leaders into the UN High-Level Advisory Board on Mediation. read


Will Welcome US Mediation in Easing Tension With India, Says Pakistan

Pakistan Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif on Tuesday said his country will welcome the US' mediation in easing tensions with India but is opposed to President Donald Trump's proposal to give a bigger role to New Delhi in war-torn Afghanistan. read


Iggbo case slated for mediation

Iggbo launched in 2015 with an Uber-like business model to simplify the blood-drawing process. A sex discrimination lawsuit between the health startup and one of its former employees is headed for potential settlement. read


Players seek mediation with NFL; Colin Kaepernick would attend

NFL players who have been protesting social issues during the national anthem have requested a formal mediation session with the league, and quarterback Colin Kaepernick has agreed to attend the meeting. read


Time to celebrate the unsung women heroes of peace mediation

While women are active and successful mediators at the grassroots level, they remain largely invisible in international peacemaking. read

October 2017

APS whistleblower lawsuit headed for mediation

More than two years after former Albuquerque Public Schools Chief Financial Officer Don Moya filed a whistleblower lawsuit against the district, the case is headed to mediation. read


“No backsliding” on Women's Inclusion in Peace Mediation

Last week, Norway made history with Ine Eriksen Søreide becoming the country’s first female foreign minister. Even in relatively gender-equal countries like Norway it is still rare to find women holding top positions in the so-called “hard issue” sectors of foreign affairs and peace and security. Barriers to the full involvement of women in work to prevent and resolve violent conflicts still persist. read


Bishop Cornelius Korir to be remembered for his mediation role

President Uhuru Kenyatta has joined other leaders and Kenyans in mourning Bishop Cornelius Korir of the Catholic Diocese of Eldoret. The President said he was deeply saddened by the death of Bishop Koriri, describing him as a great religious leader and an excellent peacemaker. read