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April 2019
4/09

Graduate employees turn to mediator for contract negotiations with UO

The University of Oregon and the Graduate Teaching Fellows Federation did not reach an agreement on the federation’s new contract after a tense negotiation session Friday.

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San Antonio and its firefighters union agree to mediation over contract terms

The city and San Antonio’s firefighters union have agreed to continue contract negotiations with assistance from a mediator, avoiding arbitration for now.

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Judge orders Quicken, Justice Dept. to try mediation to resolve "bad loans" lawsuit

A federal judge in Detroit has ordered Quicken Loans and the U.S. Justice Department to try one more time to reach a mediated settlement of the government's lawsuit accusing Quicken of fraud.

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EBT, Lewisburg consider mediation over police funding

The governing bodies of East Buffalo Township and Lewisburg are considering mediation to avoid litigation and resolve issues concerning municipal governance of the Buffalo Valley Regional Police Department.

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Brazil: The Role of Technology in Reducing Litigation

Data from the National Justice Council (CNJ) shows that over 100 million lawsuits are currently before Brazilian courts. New technologies have the potential to transform the country’s legal landscape.

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Ghana: Let us strengthen ADR for speedy dispute resolution - Chief Justice

The Chief Justice, Madam Sophia Akuffo, has stressed the need to strengthen the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) mechanisms in the country’s judicial process to expedite dispute resolution, as a tool to enhance justice delivery.

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A Renewed Interest In Mediation In India

Two separate updates from the Supreme Court of India this month have engaged the Indian community in the discussion of giving mediation a more expansive role in the country.

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4/02

Mediator Hostility is Effective?!

What follows is confusing and disorienting . . . and a little disturbing.

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In debate over Snake River dams, give mediation a chance

May our legislators support the governors’ budget request for a stakeholder process for the Lower Snake River, on behalf of both sides of the Cascades.

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Holder to mediate Tom Lee Park talks

Retired Tennessee Supreme Court Justice Janice Holder has been appointed to mediate talks between Memphis in May International Festival and the Memphis River Parks Partnership over plans to redesign Tom Lee Park.

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Former city electrical inspector, Lowe's Feed and Grain ordered into mediation

Both sides in a longstanding legal dispute involving an electrical shutdown at Lowe’s Feed and Grain have been ordered into mediation.

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Mandatory mediation in IP disputes

The Istanbul IP Court recently dismissed a copyright infringement action involving a compensation claim on the grounds that the plaintiff had not fulfilled the procedural requirement to apply for meditation before filing the court action.

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Mediator tapped to resolve federal coal ash suits

Daniel Balhoff of Louisiana has worked on multiple federal cases.

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Mediation for real life

I have been spending lots of time mediating cases. As litigation goes, mediation is a great process.

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What does good mediation look like? A consumer’s eye-view.

Here’s an extract from an interview with a small claimant referred to mediation by the court (in Scotland, where this is a relatively new phenomenon.

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Alternative dispute resolution: A practical skill to develop in law school

I was curious if my classmates were also seeking out Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) skills during law school.

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How to use mediation rather than litigation to resolve business disputes

“Businesses should think long and hard about moving forward with litigation without first trying to reconcile their differences through mediation.”

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Mediation services can help with spring cleanup of relationships

Too often, we ignore or neglect the cleanup needed after the interpersonal storms which occur over time in our relationships with significant others, close and extended family members, neighbors, friends and co-workers which leave behind hurt feelings, strained, and tense encounters and destruction, potentially marring our lives.

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Don’t litigate – mediate instead

For corporations who choose to seek redress through the courts or via arbitration, the process is invariably protracted and the costs often eye-watering. But for some, there can be another alternative: mediation.

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March 2019
3/26

Retired justice will mediate between Memphis in May, Tom Lee Park redesign

Retired Tennessee Supreme Court Justice Janice Holder will mediate talks regarding the redesign of Tom Lee Park after organizers of the Memphis in May International Festival and the Memphis River Parks Partnership have been at odds.

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How mediation can help household division

Divorce can be difficult for the entire family. Mediator and author BJ Mann of BJ Mediation Services joined Alexis Arnold on Good Day Rochester to talk about different ways families can cope with their divorce.

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When Does Early Mediation Work? Certain Cases Are Right for It

Florida courts generally require mediation prior to a specified time before trial. Mediation is usually conducted near the close of discovery or shortly thereafter. The benefit of this timing is that most of the key facts are known to the parties.

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3/20

India: International Conference on Mediation Friday, 6th April 2019

This two-day symposium will see Hon’ble Chief Justice Supreme Court of India and Chief Justice from different countries,High commissioners and Ambassadors from countries, industry experts to deliberate, research and establish a dialogue on dispute resolution through mediation

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India: Former CIC presents formula to reduce judicial pendency

Senior counsel Firoze Andhyarujina listed five steps to reduce pendency. “There should be e-courts, an alternate dispute resolution, increase in tribunals, human resource department in courts and simplification of the law,

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India: Mediation only way to resolve enormous backlog of cases

The emergence of mediation in the resolution of commercial disputes was highlighted by several eminent speakers at the launch of a monograph on commercial mediation, authored by senior advocate and mediator Sriram Panchu.

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Virginia man gets 10 years for killing mediator in argument

NORFOLK, Va. – A Virginia man who fatally shot a bystander while arguing with his ex-girlfriend's new boyfriend will serve only 10 years in prison for manslaughter under a plea deal.

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Cincinnati Judge To Mediate Ohio State Sexual Abuse Lawsuits

A senior federal judge from Cincinnati will handle the mediation of two lawsuits filed against Ohio State by scores of men alleging the university ignored or failed to stop decades of sexual misconduct by a now-deceased team doctor.

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Revisiting the Uniform Mediation Act in Connecticut

A new opportunity to further strengthen alternative dispute resolution law presents itself in the form of the Uniform Mediation Act.

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Liberty Grove and Sister Bay moving closer to mediation

The wastewater treatment plant dispute between the Town of Liberty Grove and the Village of Sister Bay will again be addressed Wednesday night with mediation looking possible.

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Creative Mediation: Alleviating Commercial Division Congestion

ADR has joined the Commercial Division with its own surge in popularity. It has enjoyed enormous growth in recent years as parties come to recognize its own benefits in addressing certain disputes. There is no reason why these two disciplines—litigation and mediation—cannot work in tandem to address the needs of our business community.

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A Closer Look: Mediation in Surrogate's Court

Families are complex systems. Mediation allows the parties to address emotional and inter-relational matters that cannot be addressed in the courtroom, but that might otherwise impede the settlement process.

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Mediation set in Dias murder case

SANDPOINT — Defense counsel for a Bonner County man charged with first-degree murder is moving to push back pretrial filing deadlines to accommodate civil mediation to resolve the case, 1st District Court records show.

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3/12

Ayodhya turns into security fortress as mediation panel members arrive

Barricades have been erected to restrict movement on the road leading to the guest house where the panel members are staying. Identity of all residents has been verified and heavy police force has been deployed in the area.

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Litigants oppose Ravi Shankar on Ayodhya mediation committee

A  Muslim litigant, too, has asked the spiritual leader to quit the panel if he fails to clear his stand on a letter in which he had purportedly suggested that Muslims should give up their claim on the disputed land.

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Egyptian mediator: Progress in talks between Israel, Hamas

Official says tentative agreement would see Gaza rulers ‘freeze’ use of airborne incendiary devices in exchange for easing of economic restrictions

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Gov. Ned Lamont says he fully supports foreclosure mediation program, but it could be absorbed into state’s court system

A Lamont spokeswoman said the governor “fully supports” mediation services but noted the current caseload of 12,000 is less than half of the 27,000 when the program was created a decade ago.

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MIT Taps Prominent Mediator to Resolve Retirement Plan Suit

Massachusetts Institute of Technology announced plans to take a pending class action over its retirement plan to a professional mediator. The school March 11 sought permission to pause the case so it can pursue mediation with Hunter Hughes Alternative Dispute Resolution. The mediation is scheduled for May 22.

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Ohio Auditor Wants to Expand Public Records Mediation Program

Under Ohio’s Public Records law, many local and state government records must be provided to the public, upon request. There is a mediation program in place to resolve disputes over what is and isn’t a public record. The state official in charge of that program wants to expand it.

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How an outside mediator helped broker Virginia's new solar legislation

“Nobody got everything they wanted, but it advanced the cause of rooftop solar and net metering,” an advocate said.

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3/06

MIND YOUR HEALTH: Couple or family mediation can be of great benefit

Disputes happen between husbands and wives. Disagreements occur in families. Businesses often have partners that no longer are on the same page. Oftentimes it is difficult to resolve issues that are upsetting in these various relationships.

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Emory, Workers to Mediate Retirement Plan Class Action

Emory University and about 45,000 workers announced plans to take their dispute over the school’s retirement plans to a professional mediator.

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Explained: Mediation as a way out in Ayodhya – a short history

The 'Muslim' parties have told the Bench they are willing to participate in the process of mediation. But counsel for Ramlalla Virajman and Mahant Suresh Das have opposed the proposal.

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SC for mediation body in all districts for accident claims

NEW DELHI: Expressing concern over the delay in adjudication of compensation claim of road accident victims who suffer because of a long legal battle against insurance companies, the Supreme Court on Tuesday said that such cases should be first decided through mediation and asked the Centre to consider setting up of accident mediation authority in each district.

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City of Memphis, Elvis Presley Enterprises headed to mediation over arena dispute

The City of Memphis and Elvis Presley Enterprises are headed to mediation.

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Ayodhya land dispute: SC to consider referring it to mediation

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Wednesday will have a crucial hearing on Ram Janambhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute in Ayodhya to decide whether the politically sensitive case can be adjudicated through mediation.

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City of Richmond Hill and Bryan County will start mediation in lawsuit

After months of disagreements, Bryan County and the City of Richmond Hill might be looking at the light at the end of tunnel. Both groups announced Monday they will start mediation in April.

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Ethical Principles for Online Dispute Resolution

With an increasing proportion of our lives taking place online, it is not surprising that alternative dispute resolution is quickly becoming an online dispute resolution (ODR).

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February 2019
2/26

Benefit Of Mediation Over Litigation

An ounce of mediation is worth a pound of arbitration and a ton of litigation - Joseph Grynbaum

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How Can We Sell The Mediation Product If We Haven’t Worked Out What It Is

Why is there a resistance to mediation within the commercial world. There is an old saying that generals generally fight the last war. In my view much of commerce and many in the legal profession that support it are still stuck in the competitive adversarial 20th century world.

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Commercial disputes costing businesses £11.6bn a year

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

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Obituary: Judge Lawrence W. Kaplan / Pioneered mediation in Family Court

“There’s no question at all, he was the father of mediation in Allegheny County and probably in Pennsylvania as well,” said state Superior Court Senior Judge Eugene Strassburger, Judge Kaplan’s longtime friend and colleague.

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