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March 2013
3/05
Two Million People Hold their Breath Over Lake Malawi Mediation

Over two million families who solely depend on Lake Malawi for their livelihoods are anxiously putting their hopes into an upcoming mediation between Malawi and Tanzania intended to put an end to a longstanding ownership dispute.

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3/04
Mediation could speed tax appeals

Jacqueline Hagerott, the manager of the court’s dispute-resolution section, said mediation has helped resolve property-value cases at both the Supreme Court and the state’s Board of Tax Appeals. “We’re quite confident it’ll work” at the county level, she said.

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Malibu to host free elder mediation informational

The City of Malibu Senior Center will host a free mediation presentation titled “What Is Elder Care Mediation?”

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Mediate.com on Pace to Reach 5 Million 2013 Visitor Sessions

In his annual report, Mediate.com CEO Jim Melamed announced that Mediate.com is on schedule to reach 5 million web site visitor sessions during 2013.

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February 2013
2/28
Criminal justice program focuses on mediation, victim

Restorative justice is a movement that has been popular in the United States since the 1980s.  Instead of conventional criminal justice, which focuses on punishment, it empowers victims, encourages offenders to take responsibility for what they have done, and results in a reparation.

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St. Louis passes law requiring mediation prior to foreclosure

The mediator, United States Arbitration & Mediation Midwest Inc., will then attempt to reach the homeowner three times over 15 days.

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Jamaica: Gender awareness building through mediation

The Dispute Resolution Foundation in partnering with Jamaica's Bureau of Women's Affairs in the implementation of the NPGE is providing to critical actors a capability to defuse conflicts related to values rights and interests and to design processes of engagement to honour and incorporate the needs of women.

 
N.J., N.Y. to Offer Mediation Program for Sandy Claims Disputes

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie announced Monday his administration’s plan to offer a mediation program option to Sandy victims who are in dispute with their insurers. Gov. Christie, seen here at a Jan. 24 news conference in in Seaside Heights, announced a new mediation process to help resolve ongoing Sandy insurance disputes.

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Oregon Foreclosure bill expands mediation effort

A wide coalition of voices support the program. While some of those tweaks are technical such as changing the term “mediation” to “resolution conference,” there are some substantial changes such as expanding the program to judicial foreclosure. Currently, mediation is only required for lenders who file non-judicial foreclosures.

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Detroit Financial Emergency: Is Mediation An Option For Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder?

The option that hasn't been mentioned as often as bankruptcy or emergency management is neutral evaluation, or mediation, which was written into PA 436 as one of the four choices afforded to leaders of Michigan cities that face financial hardship.

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Yemen kidnappers free Swiss woman after Qatari mediation

A Swiss woman held hostage for nearly a year in Yemen has been freed by her kidnappers and flown to Doha following mediation by Qatar.

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2/26
New improved process for Milwaukee County homeowners facing foreclosure and seeking mediation

Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced today that a new, improved process is in place for homeowners facing foreclosure and seeking mediation services. Mediation is a confidential and voluntary process where the homeowner and the lender discuss options for resolving the foreclosure case, including reinstatement of the loan and possible modification of the loan terms.

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NY: Gov Cuomo Assigns AAA To Mediate Hurricane Sandy Disputes

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that the Department of Financial Services has established a voluntary mediation process for homeowners disputing their insurance claims or dissatisfied with denials of their claims arising from Storm Sandy. “Mediation offers a speedy, low-cost resolution of insurance claims for homeowners who are unable to reach agreement with their homeowners’ insurance companies on claims from Storm Sandy,” Governor Cuomo said. “It is also much less expensive for insurers than litigation, so it’s a win for everyone.”

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No mediation in death penalty case

The U.S. Attorney’s Office has rebuffed the offer of a well-regarded senior federal judge to mediate a pre-trial plea agreement in a particularly high profile death penalty case.

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Mediation Often Best for Employment Matters

Mediation is an important tool in dispute resolution, and when it comes to employment relationship problems. For certain employment matters, mediation will be the best and least expensive option.

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NJ to launch mediation program for Hurricane Sandy insurance disputes

Policyholders at odds with their insurer over Hurricane Sandy-related claims soon will have a more cost-effective and efficient way to resolve their differences over coverage, the Christie administration announced.

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Mediation might be the next step in a human rights battle

The next step in a human rights battle between a Saskatoon man and city hall could come down to mediation before a formal hearing by the Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission (SHRC).

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US Bank clears path for Legislature by showing that mortgage mediation can work

Lenders are running out of excuses for dodging Oregon's foreclosure mediation program. The Legislature should speed up the pace of acceptance by passing legislation that would make technical fixes and close loopholes in a hastily amended bill that escaped last year's short session on the last day.

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2/22
City Deploys Mediator to Pier Park to End Sequoia Standoff

More than a dozen city employees have been deployed to the tree, and the Parks & Recreation Bureau has called in a mediator from Resolutions Northwest to explain to protesters the public process that doomed the sequoia.

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Feds, Evans Fruit in mediation over sexual harassment lawsuit

KIMA learned a settlement could be reached in the sexual harassment lawsuit against Evans Fruit. The company is being sued by the Federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The government claims a former ranch manager in Sunnyside threatened women who work for the company. And, created an environment of intimidation.

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Mediation could save Weston-super-Mare from its shameful title

Divorce capital of the nation is not a title to be worn with pride. Yet Weston-super-Mare has just been named and shamed as the divorce capital of the UK: some 2,447 divorce petitions were lodged in the coastal town of just 80,000 people last year.

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Judge Orders Mediation and a Fairness Hearing on Portland Police Bureau Reforms

A federal judge has ordered the Department of Justice, the City of Portland, Portland Police Association, and the Albina Ministerial Alliance to enter mediation to try to resolve differences on reforms to police policies. U.S. District Court Judge Michael Simon also plans to hold a Fairness Hearing where the public can testify either in person or by video.

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Judge tells warring neighbours to engage in mediation

A judge has told warring neighbours they should engage in mediation to solve what she described as the “deeply serious and implacable problems” they face living next door to each other.

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Barrick to start mediation effort at Peru mine

Barrick Gold Corp said it would participate in a mediation effort on Friday at its Lagunas Norte mine in Peru to try to end protests by residents concerned about water supplies.

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Fathers promised more mediation after French crane custody protest

A father who had spent more than 3 days and nights perched on a crane, ended his protest after French ministers met with Fathers' rights groups.

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CAIR-MN Seeks Mediation, Training to Resolve Racial Issues at School

The Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN) today called on Minneapolis South High School to utilize mediation and multi-cultural competency training to help remedy race-related issues at the school after a brawl reportedly between Somali and African-American students erupted at the school on February 14, 2013.

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2/19
A Mediator's Guide to a Sequestration Alternative

Sequestration is a bad idea. It hurts business. It hurts people. It hurts government. It is also totally unnecessary.  Republicans and Democrats can agree about all of this, but there are clear differences between them that are keeping the two parties deadlocked.  Sometimes a mediator will put a proposal on the table, hoping the two warring parties will use it as a jumping-off point to resolution. 

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Debt mediation requests peak

South Africa: Requests for debt mediation increased by 60 percent in the fourth quarter of 2012, the National Debt Mediation Association (NDMA) said. It said the number of cases where mediation was requested spiked from 538 in the third quarter of 2012 to 1352 in the fourth. About 83 percent of the complaints were from the banking sector, while the remaining 17 percent were from micro-lenders, vehicle financiers, and clothing and furniture retailers.

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Beale goes to mediation over assault allegations

Rugby union star Kurtley Beale, who is accused of assaulting a Brisbane bouncer, has agreed to participate justice mediation. His lawyer confirmed the Wallabies playmaker would meet face-to-face with his alleged victim.

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Bill allows mediation on property value disputes

Representatives of a number of Montana industries backed a bill Tuesday to allow property owners to go to mediation if they dispute the state Revenue Department’s assessed valuation of their property.

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HC chief justice allays fears on mediation

Calling for lawyers to be open to the setting up of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) centres in the state, Punjab and Haryana high court chief justice AK Sikri has assured lawyers that mediation will not impact their earnings.

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Extension of Farmer-Lender Mediation Act passed by MN House

The MN House voted 124-5 Thursday to extend the sunset date of The Farmer-Lender Mediation Act by four years. The bill requires a bank or other creditor to offer mediation to a farmer before enforcing a debt secured by agriculture property such as land, livestock or crops. Nearly 3,000 mediation notices, involving 1,087 farms, were received in fiscal year 2012, the fourth-highest total in the last 10 years.

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Kitzhaber speaks for “holy grail" bill - mediation of medical mistakes

Measure would encourage malpractice mediation before lawsuits are filed.  Democratic Gov. John Kitzhaber speaks to the Senate Judiciary Committee at the state Capitol in Salem, Ore., on Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013. Kitzhaber supports a bill creating a new mediation process for patients injured by medical mistakes.

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2/18
Speaker's Corner: In praise of mediation as risk-free alternative to litigation

The benefits of mediation far outweigh any disadvantages. Mediation is much less expensive than arbitration or litigation. There are no witnesses, discoveries or expert fees and none of the other costs associated with arbitration or litigation. As well, the process is totally confidential and conducted on a strictly without-prejudice basis.

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After slow start, Legislature asked to expand foreclosure mediation program

Seven months into Oregon's foreclosure mediation program, after $400,000 in state payments for a program that was supposed to be self-sustaining, the numbers are in: Six mediations held, five foreclosures averted, another 45 in the pipeline. The lack of results is not for lack of interest from struggling homeowners, more than 400 of whom have asked for mediation.

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Mediation is most effective when it is part of a wider approach to people management

As an increasing number of employers are turning to mediation to resolve workplace issues*, the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and Acas have come together to produce updated information for those considering using it within their organisations.

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2/15
Mediators are truly neutral, and truly useful

Mediators are neutral and do not represent any side, but help parties come to a mutually agreed-upon solution. There are several types of mediation, but even in the most directive, neutrality is key. A mediator would never order anyone to do anything. Linda Mack Ross, mediator and author

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Ex-billionaire seeks mediation with legal foes

Embattled ex-billionaire Tim Blixseth is seeking settlement talks to resolve a tangle of lawsuits involving hundreds of millions of dollars in claims against him arising from the 2008 bankruptcy of Montana's exclusive Yellowstone Club.

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Carter Center requested to mediate in political prisoners' situation

Venezuelan opposition Deputy Edgar Zambrano appeared with the Carter Center in Caracas in defense of political prisoners and exiles. The deputy called upon the Supreme Court of Justice to agree to the request in favor of political prisoner Ivan Simonovis.

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Racist must visit cemetery

When Zama Khumalo updated his Facebook status, he never thought it would elicit a huge public outcry. The 24-year-old unemployed journalist apologised during mediation facilitated by the SA Human Rights Commission, in Johannesburg.

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A rare pitch for mediation in Iran

Presidential hopeful Dr Hooshang Amirahmadi lays out his plan to bring an end to Iran’s woes

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Google strikes back at BT with patent suit, but mediation looms

The suit, covering quality-of-service and internet telephony technologies, is a response to a suit BT launched against Google more than a year ago. But a source at BT suggests the original case is going to mediation.

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Washington Should Use CEOs as Mediators to Resolve Debt Debate

When companies find themselves in seemingly irresolvable disputes with each other, they often bring in a mediator. We should do the same for the budget today.

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Alpharetta, Islamic center return to mediation

A panel of federal appeals court judges Wednesday ordered the city of Alpharetta and the Islamic Center of North Fulton to return to mediation to try and resolve a zoning dispute over a proposed fivefold expansion of facilities on the center’s property.

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2/13
When is mediation most effective?

A survey of employers found that more than half (57%) of respondents said that they made use of mediation. Of these, fewer than one in five relied on bringing in external mediators to their workplace. The rest used mediators from inside their organisation, drawn not only from the HR function but also from line managers and other employees or employee representatives. The introduction of an in-house mediation scheme was found to have had a transformative effect on the culture of conflict management.

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Fatah needs reliable mediator in talks with Israel

"We need a reliable mediator in peace talks with Israel," said member of Executive Board of Fatah movement.

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Mediate.com, World's Leading Mediation Web Site, Celebrates 18th Anniversary with New Mediator Features, New ADR Directories and a Movie

Mediate.com, the most visited mediation and dispute resolution site on the planet, and winner of the American Bar Association (ABA) Institutional Problem Solver of the Year Award, is celebrating our 18th Anniversary. New developments include: "The Mediate.com Movie," our development of Arbitrate.com, CollabLaw.com and four additional ADR Directories, and our offering a new Process & Professional Selection Tool (PPST).

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Aung San Suu Kyi offers to mediate Burma peace talks

Opposition leader says she is willing to play role in ending violence between government and ethnic minority groups

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Beverly Hills: Rihanna headed to mediation over alleged botched home she purchased

A Los Angeles judge today set a May 7 hearing on mediation efforts to settle a lawsuit brought by the singer Rihanna, who alleges that a Beverly Hills home she bought in 2009 for $6.9 million was replete with construction defects.

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2/11
Calling in a mediator helps solve conflicts

Third party brings "fresh eyes to beef."  When Marjorie Munroe usually gets the call from a frustrated boss or an irritated human-resources manager, it's usually about six months later than she would have liked.

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Call for Mackerel Mediator Backed in Parliament

SCOTLAND, UK - Backing from the First Minister for a mediator to resolve the ongoing dispute on mackerel fishing with Iceland and the Faroe Islands has been welcomed by a Highlands MSP.

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