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February 2019

Latin America Dispute Resolution Update

The Latest Developments in Cross-Border Disputes Involving the US and Latin America (February 2019) read


Time Limited Mediation

It seems clear that time-limited mediation is widely used and here to stay, bolstered by both pragmatic and principled benefits. read


UK (England and Wales) - Commercial Disputes are costing small businesses 11.6 billion GBP per year, new research shows

Commercial disputes are reportedly costing small businesses up to £11.6bn a year in litigation fees, the Federation of Small Businesses has reported. read


Robot mediator settles first ever court case

A ‘robot mediator’ has been used to settle a dispute in the court system, for what is believed to be the first time. The online tool, which uses artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms in place of a human mediator, settled the three-month dispute in less than an hour. read


Community Mediation in Nepal: “A Hospital That Stitches Broken Hearts”

Since 2001, The Asia Foundation’s community-mediation program has offered an alternative way for communities to de-escalate conflicts related to land, property, business transactions, family quarrels, defamation, and domestic violence. read


More Use of Mediation in Settling Disputes

The Jamaican Ministry of Justice is looking to increase the use of mediation in resolving disputes in order to reduce the number of cases that go before the courts. read


Mediation strategies for special education students, families topic of Feb. 20 event

The Edmonds School District Student Services Department and the Special Education Advisory Council (SEAC) on Wednesday, Feb. 20 is presenting an event with Greg Abell, founder and principal of Sound Options Group. read


Ramsey County pushes for mediation over stalled Rice Creek Commons project — and gives deadline

Following a meeting earlier this month that appeared to get nowhere, the head of the Ramsey County’s board reiterated a call for an outside mediator to help the county and the city of Arden Hills come to terms on the Rice Creek Commons development project — and set a deadline for a reply. read


Global mediation ordered in Reagor-Dykes bankruptcy

In a Thursday court hearing, federal bankruptcy Judge Robert L. Jones called for a court-mandated global mediation meeting between the bankrupt Reagor-Dykes Auto Group entities and dozens of creditors. read


City of Toledo now offers free mediation services

TOLEDO (WTOL) - The City of Toledo wants to help you peacefully resolve arguments. Toledo's Human Relations Committee will now provide a mediator for any people or businesses that volunteer to work through their issues and come to a compromise. read


Court mediation held between Southwest Virginia Wildlife Center and neighbors suing nonprofit

ROANOKE, Va - A court mediation was held Friday between leaders at the Southwest Virginia Wildlife Center and the neighbors suing the center, Stan and Jane Seymour, Adrian Maver and spouse Blaine Creasy. read


Mediation Is One Way to Avoid Litigation

Here are answers to some basic questions about resolving co-op and condo disputes through mediation.  read


Second court mediation between SWVA Wildlife Center of Roanoke, neighbors to wait at least a month

ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR News) - A months-long legal battle between the Southwest Virginia Wildlife Center of Roanoke and area neighbors won't end for at least another month, according to Executive Director Sabrina Garvin. Not due to an issue with either side, she said, but because of busy court dockets. read


Mediation program in Texas helps patients fight surprise medical bills

Austin, Texas — Here's a startling fact: In the U.S., nearly 60 percent of bankruptcies are caused, in part, by medical bills. So, finding ways to lower those bills has never been more important. A new program in Texas may be the solution. read


UK (England and Wales) - Housing dispute resolution proposals will impact developers

All private sector landlords will be covered by the new Housing Complaints Resolution Service, including providers of student accommodation and developers building new leasehold homes. They will also be subject to a new legal requirement to join a redress scheme. read


Australia’s new dispute resolution body to accept complaints dating back to 2008

The Australian Government proposes to widen AFCA’s remit so that the body accepts complaints dating back to January 1, 2008. read


New behaviour guidelines for Quebec hockey parents aim to keep action on the ice

Guidelines set out roles, responsibilities for parents, team and arena personnel, officials.  If parents tell a child to fight another player, for instance, the guidelines suggest they be confronted, placed into a mediation process and then brought in front of a disciplinary committee. read


Maryland-HBCU funding deal discussed with Black lawmakers

Gov. Larry Hogan met with members of the Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland last week to discuss a settlement to a long-running dispute over the state's treatment of its historically Black colleges, as well as other priorities of the caucus this legislative session. read


4 Things to know about ICC Mediation Week

The International Chamber of Commerce’s (ICC) largest education event, ICC Mediation Week, officially kicks off in Paris. More than 500 students, ADR practitioners and volunteers from across the globe are set to embark on a week-long journey of learning, networking and fun. read


Ireland: State seeks to resolve McCabe actions for damages through mediation

The State wants to mediate several damages actions brought against it by retired Garda sergeant and whistleblower Maurice McCabe. read


Rice Creek Commons dispute moves to mediation

Ramsey County is looking for third-party help to resolve long-simmering differences with the city of Arden Hills over the planned redevelopment of the former Twin Cities Army Ammunition Plant site in Arden Hills. read


Mediation scheduled in lawsuit against Nashua superintendent

A private mediator will be used in an effort to resolve a civil lawsuit brought forward by a former school board member against Superintendent Jahmal Mosley. read


PBGC Pilot Mediation Project is Now Permanent

The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (the “PBGC”) launched a Pilot Mediation Project in October 2017 to provide plan sponsors an opportunity to negotiate resolutions in Early Warning Program cases. Following its trial run, the PBGC announced last month that it would make the Mediation Program permanent. read


Thousands of Texans were shocked by surprise medical bills. Their requests for help overwhelmed the state.

A massive backlog that began last summer left state regulators unable to provide timely help to the thousands of Texans who requested mediation from the Texas Department of Insurance. read


Five ways to secure mediation success

Properly directed, planned and tailored to the circumstances, this alternative mechanism is an essential tool. read


Glasgow University law students triumph at national mediation competition

A team of law students from Glasgow University have triumphed at a national mediation competition. Megan Duff, Christy Foster and Ross Wilson came joint first in the UK Mediation Competition 2019, which was held at the University of the West of England in Bristol. read


Mediation between former U of L players and NCAA over 2013 title lawsuit was 'unsuccessful'

The court-ordered mediation between the NCAA and five members of the 2013 University of Louisville basketball team who sued in an attempt to "clear names" and restore the team's national title was "unsuccessful," according to the mediator. read


Royal Commission calls for national farm debt mediation scheme

Rural banks will be required to commence farm mediation processes as soon as loans become distressed, not as a ‘last measure’ before taking enforcement action, under a key recommendation from the Hayne Royal Commission into banking. read


RendezVous LeBreton Group mediation set to get underway Monday

Talks to build a downtown arena at LeBreton Flats are about to get serious.League sources told Postmedia on the weekend mediation involving Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk and partner John Ruddy of the Trinity Development Group is heating up with several days of meetings scheduled to start Monday in Toronto in an attempt to try to the save RendezVous LeBreton’s deal with the National Capital Commission. read


Lawsuit Over Disputed Broker Fee Headed To Mediation

A lawsuit filed against Howell Public Schools by a real estate broker and agent is apparently heading toward mediation. read


Shaping the Future of Mediation

When not at the helm of delivering family and civil mediation services for their many clients, Nicola Crowther and the team at Crowther Mediation are working hard to train and up skill the next generation of mediators – not just in the UK, but across the globe read


Guthrie, ABC board members ordered into mediation in unfair dismissal case

The Australian Broadcasting Corporation and several of its directors have been ordered into mediation "as soon as reasonably practicable" with sacked managing director Michelle Guthrie, who is suing the public broadcaster for unfair dismissal. read


Dispute Mediation Center of Montgomery County named one of 2018’s top nonprofits

Nonprofit Dispute Mediation Center of Montgomery County was named a 2018 Top-Rated Nonprofit by GreatNonprofits, a provider of charity and nonprofit reviews. read


Mediation Can Resolve Disputes Without Litigation

We live in contentious times, including those of us who live in co-ops and condominiums. read


San Rafael considers mandatory mediation, just-cause eviction ordinances

Under mounting pressure from housing advocates, San Rafael could soon increase renter protections by imposing just-cause eviction and mandatory mediation laws, joining the county of Marin. read


Federal judge orders mediation in BISD lawsuit

A federal judge in McAllen ordered mediation between a state district judge and the Brownsville Independent School District in a lawsuit the judge filed on behalf of her children against the school district. read


Airport taxis toward mediation

Lewiston City Council directs city manager to narrow county’s concerns read

January 2019

Nashville school board urgently needs a mediator to heal divisions and create unity

Currently, the school board is a hotbed of discord. Raw emotions, hurt feelings, misunderstandings, and false attributions of nefarious motives are the result. With this level of discord, how can this board ever reach consensus on the ever-fraught issue of funding? read


Viewpoint: Mediation Could Help Us Avoid Another Shutdown

It is way past time to try a mediated approach with a credible trusted third party exploring new options, accommodating the true interests of the parties and the country. read


An opportunity for ‘creative solutions’

Pilot mediation programs begin in Virginia’s appellate courts read


Las Vegas Massacre civil suit heads toward mediation

Unexpectedly, the lawyers for MGM have agreed to mediation. ‘They will come to the table with our team of lead attorneys and sit down with us and two mediators for a total of 12 days,’ according to plaintiff’s lawyer Catherine Lombardo. read


India: NLUJ Deal Mediation Competition 2019

The First NLUJ Deal Mediation Competition, 2019 will be hosted and organized by National Law University, Jodhpur from March 8 to 10, 2019. read


AU: Taking Online Dispute Resolution - ODR - into the business world

Whilst interest in ODR has grown significantly over the past decade, the growth of its development and use by industry has not been as swift as some may have predicted. read


Canada - Avoiding real estate litigation

Regina lawyer Rodger Linka became increasingly disillusioned about the litigation process. In a transition period after practising law for 40 years, he took a serious look at the alternative dispute resolution process, recently becoming a mediator. read


India - NLUJ To Hold First NLUJ Deal Mediation Competition 2019 From Mar 8 to 10

The Alternative Dispute Resolution Cell, National Law University, Jodhpur, is organizing 'The First NLUJ Deal Mediation Competition, 2019'. read


India: Government forms GST appellate tribunal for dispute resolution

MUMBAI: The cabinet on Wednesday approved creation of national bench of Goods and Services Tax Appellate Tribunal, a quasi-judicial body that will mediate in indirect tax disputes between states and centre. read


District 181 Recommends Mediation With Village Over Parking Deck

The two-level parking deck was originally going to be a single street-level parking lot for HMS staff and visitors. read


Consider mediation for evictions

Mediation buys some time for the tenants to clear up their housing debts, and it gives landlords a much easier way to collect monies they are owed than by trying to collect on judgments. read


Ex-U of L player Luke Hancock meets with NCAA attorneys in mediation

NCAA attorneys met with ex-Louisville basketball player Luke Hancock and others in a mediation session Monday to discuss a lawsuit over the Cards' 2013 title, but the meeting does not guarantee a resolution. read


How to fight age discrimination in the workplace

Seniors in the workplace may have to deal with age discrimination from younger co-workers. Jim Miller breaks down what seniors can do to fight age discrimination in this week's Savvy Senior. read