Mediation News
March 2020

Supreme Court-Ordered Mediation Yields Agreement on Release of Low-Risk County Jail Inmates

The New Jersey Supreme Court issued an order late March 22 that will suspend or commute county jail sentences for low-risk inmates in light of the public health emergency caused by coronavirus (COVID-19).

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Wayne County Dispute Resolution Center offers online mediation
While it’s not business as usual for most individuals and organizations during the COVID-19 crisis, Wayne County Dispute Resolution Center (WCDRC), provides a helpful, online alternative to people who are eager to resolve disputes.

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Snyder: Mediation Is Critical Right Now
Courts are closed. Attorneys and claims professionals are working from home as best they can. But disputes continue.

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Tips For Online Mediation In The Age Of Social Distancing

When we cannot physically get together in the midst of our COVID-19 “social distancing” crisis, a practical alternative is to use an internet conferencing platform that allows for audio and video conferencing.

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James Dolan and Charles Oakley ordered to attend mediation in an attempt to squash Knicks lawsuit
Oakley sued Dolan for defamation, assault and false imprisonment after he was arrested and banned from MSG in 2017.  read more


Choose mediation over litigation in divorce

Mitigating harm to children is one of the primary reasons Michelle Dommisse, director of Michelle Dommisse & Associates, chooses mediation over litigation in divorces.

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Resolving Financial Disputes Through Mediation

A case study from the perspective of in-house counsel.

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Are We Ready For Mediation In Outer Space Disputes?

On the 17th February 2020 in Lagos, Nigeria, over 50 participants from some of Nigeria’s leading law firms, the Lagos Ministry of Justice and some of the contestants of the Arizona State University (ASU) Space Governance Innovation Contest based across Nigeria, gathered together for a panel discussion.

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Don’t Let a Crisis Go to Waste: Time To Explore Expansion of ODR for ADR

There has never been a better time to experiment both in the courts and in the private sector to expand the use of Online Dispute Resolution (ODR) for ADR.

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The World Mediators Alliance on Climate Change?

So, to wrap up: anyone for a World Mediators Alliance on Climate Change? WoMACC has a ring to it.

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Online and 'intelligent’ dispute resolution benefits are touted at ABA Techshow

Resolving court battles related to a condo dispute, a car collision or child custody matter can take months or even years, burdening litigants and the justice system. Shannon Salter, chair of Canada’s first online tribunal, and Jonathan Verk, founder and creator of the tech company Hyphenus, say there are more efficient ways to handle those kinds of disagreements.

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Construction disputes and mediation: securing the right result and getting home for tea

Most significant construction disputes go through, or at least flirt with, mediation at some point. Often it’s the last process they go through – because the success rate of mediation in securing settlements is very high.

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The best way to achieve a good settlement is to prepare for trial

Many employers and their lawyers do not take the time to properly prepare for mediation, simply going through the motions

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Seeking Divorce Mediation is a valid option for Divorcing Couple

Lawyer Nicholas Hicks recommends seeking divorce mediation for divorcing couples especially those couples who are on good terms and would like to avoid litigation.

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The Ed Dept is leaning on mediation to clear backlog of sexual violence cases, sources say

Its push comes as the laws and regulations around Title IX shift, creating a complicated oversight landscape.

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How Mediators Help Parties Reach Resolution
Monday marked the 12th mediation session between the St. Paul Federation of Educators and the district.

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The Room Where Mediation Happens: 2020 Insights for a Successful Employment Dispute Resolution

Following are some insights to help your mediations in 2020 be successful, regardless of the party you represent.

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Ag credit counselor, mediator: New lending regs hit hard

WATERTOWN, S.D. -- Farmers and ranchers in the region are feeling tougher times, and many will wind up in financial mediation, some professionals say.

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Peer mediators

Members of Fair View High School’s Peer Mediation Team traveled to UC Berkeley on Feb. 6 to present their program in a breakout workshop session titled “Solve the Drama without your Mama” at the 22nd Annual High School Teens Tackle Tobacco, Alcohol, Drugs and Youth Wellness Conference.

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UP, city headed to mediation
Federal courts have ordered Union Pacific and the City of Palestine to find a mediator by April to negotiate a compromise between the two sides. Such an agreement could avert a lengthy and costly trial over UP's suit to scrap its 150-year-old contract with the city and county and remove 65 local employees.

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UN Convention that promotes mediation to resolve trade disputes moves closer to entry into force

Singapore and Fiji have become the first countries to ratify a UN treaty that promotes mediation as an alternative and effective method for resolving trade disputes, thus marking an important step towards its entry into force.

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February 2020

Tips for a Successful EEOC Mediation

After an EEOC charge is filed, the EEOC may elect to hold mediation at their offices if both parties are willing. Mediation may resolve the dispute without the need for litigation. To improve the chance of a successful resolution, both parties need to have reasonable expectations, come prepared, and consider factors other than monetary terms.

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Can opening statements for mediation be skipped? Tips for attorneys and mediators

There has been a lot written recently about how to start a mediation: with or without opening remarks by the participants, and with or without an opening statement by the mediator. 

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A Goldilocks Approach for Mediation Standards

When Frank Sander proposed the “multi-door courthouse” at the Pound Conference in 1976, he probably could not have imagined how widespread the use of mediation would be today in the United States and around the world.

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Re-imagining Conflict Mediation and the Role of Religion

This winter, Seton Hall's Center for Peace and Conflict Studies hosted a delegation of officers from Zurich's Center for Security Studies, who challenged the Seton Hall community to reimagine conflict resolution approaches with religious dimensions.

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Mediation: Don’t Just Mail It In

Mediation requires preparation, and not just in preparing a mediation statement for the mediator's utility. There are two things specifically that attorneys should do in most cases prior to the mediation.

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Mediation Can Be an Especially Effective Tool in Business Divorce Litigation

Mediation can be a very effective way to avoid substantial legal fees and costs in any litigation, but this settlement tool can be especially effective in business divorce litigation.

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Shaheen Bagh protesters mull strategy to talk to SC-appointed mediation panel

Protest organisers held multiple meetings to decide who should represent them at talks and whether a section of the road should be cleared to prevent traffic jams.

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A rundown of common mediation mistakes

Unrealistic expectations make for a lengthier, bumpy process.In many cases, lawyers are failing to use mediation effectively and doing a disservice to their clients.

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Mediation Spares Tenant Court Fight

Dara Rose has a month to move out of her Mandy Management-owned apartment in Newhallville — and she is happy about that, after fighting her eviction in court.

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The U.S. Department of Justice is trying to mediate the Civil Rights Commission dispute. That effort's now in jeopardy.

The public revelation of a confidential meeting to resolve the membership dispute on the Civil Rights Commission is unraveling a last-ditch effort to settle the conflict out of court.

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America’s Cup: A successful mediation

Following a successful mediation, the America’s Cup Defender and Challenger of Record have come to an agreement on the Match Conditions for the 36th America’s Cup presented by Prada.

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Mediation ordered in tribes’ request for compact interpretation

OKLAHOMA CITY – A federal court has ordered mediation in the case of the Cherokee Nation and four other tribal governments in Oklahoma that requested a legal determination of whether the tribes’ gaming compacts with the state have expired.

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Presidio trains new collateral mediators

PRESIDIO OF MONTEREY, Calif. – The Army’s top conflict resolution specialists descended upon the Presidio of Monterey Equal Opportunity Office to certify the post’s newest batch of collateral duty mediators last month. “We’re doing a 40 hour course in basic mediation training,” said Marc Van Nuys, the Army’s director for alternative dispute resolution out of Arlington, Virginia and head instructor for the training team. “The focus is on workplace disputes.”

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Bankruptcy court approves McClatchy’s mediation request, fueling hope of resolution

A federal bankruptcy judge on Tuesday ruled that McClatchy Co. can enter mediation with its creditors in two weeks, keeping alive hopes of a timely restructuring of the nation’s second-largest local media company while giving a key government agency time to look into a transaction it has questioned.

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OGA Launches Mediation Pilot for License Disputes

The UK’s Oil and Gas Authority (OGA) has revealed that it has launched a year-long UK Continental Shelf (UKCS) “mediation pilot”.

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Getting a divorce? Consider mediation or ‘collaborative divorce’

The start of the year is a popular time for couples to meet with lawyers as they contemplate divorce. Rather than opt for costly and drawn-out litigation, many are turning to alternatives such as mediation or what’s known as collaborative divorce.

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Mediation Likely for Suit Over Counsel Interference at Brooklyn Jail

MANHATTAN (CN) — A year after an electrical fire cut off power and forced a Brooklyn detention center into lockdown, the Second Circuit appeared inclined Tuesday to let the parties mediate a suit over access to public defenders.

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Mediation program for Kan. farmers eyes transition

MANHATTAN, Kan. — A program that has its roots in helping Kansas farmers through the 1980s farm crisis and which has helped thousands of farmers since then is in transition.

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Judge sends gaming dispute to mediation

OKLAHOMA CITY – Gov. Kevin Stitt and leaders of several tribal nations in Oklahoma expressed hope on Tuesday that mediation ordered by a federal judge could lead to potential resolution of a dispute over casino gaming operations in the state.

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Lockport students show support for popular peer mediator

About 150 North Park students break from class to honor Cheatham, a General Motors retiree who has been employed by Lockport City School District for 14 years, had asked district administrators to approve a change in his status from full-time to part-time, in consideration of his age, 62, and the fact that he can't earn more than a certain amount of income without being penalized by Social Security Administration.

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Congress revives surprise billing debate with proposal for 'mediation'

A major House committee has unveiled largely provider-friendly legislation to tackle surprise medical bills. The House Ways & Means Committee released the legislation on Friday as a bid to end an impasse over how to handle surprise billing with a proposal to use a "mediation" process to handle disputes.

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Law Society plans mediation clause in property template

Singapore: THE Law Society plans to insert a clause into its widely-used property transaction agreement template to make mediation the first port of call for parties to resolve disputes.

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Conditional And Alternative Demands/Offers Can Often Make The Difference In Mediation

Sometimes traditional demands and offers do not allow parties the flexibility to explore the other side’s tolerances before striking an impasse in the negotiations.

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'Grandview Five' case headed to mediation, parties say

The Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission has apparently found probable cause that discrimination was evident in the 2018 incident at Grandview Golf Course, an incident that made waves nationally, according to those on both sides of the matter.

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Judge orders mediation to end stalemate over former GM plant site

INDIANAPOLIS — There could be progress in efforts to end the complicated legal stalemate over valuable land just southwest of downtown Indianapolis where General Motors once had its stamping plant.

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Mediation expected in Alabama Democratic Party dispute

The two sides in a dispute over the leadership and governance of the Alabama Democratic Party will go to court-ordered mediation next week.

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Lawsuit over popular ‘S-Town’ podcast headed to mediation

A lawsuit over the hit podcast “S-Town,” which tells the story of a man’s troubled life and death in rural Alabama, is headed to mediation.

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January 2020

Former Highlands principal’s federal lawsuit going to mediation

A former Highlands School District principal’s federal lawsuit against the district is going into mediation, according to court records.

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Mediator declares impasse in hospitality fee case; Horry County, Myrtle Beach fire back at one another

A court-appointed mediator has declared an impasse in the ongoing dispute over hospitality fees between Myrtle Beach and Horry County, and the city is ready to head to court.

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