Mediation Today
November 2021
11/23

Kyle Beach agrees to mediation with Blackhawks; settlement talks back on

Two weeks after talks seemed to break down, the two sides will meet in December for mediation involving Beach’s sexual assault lawsuit against the Hawks.

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Marilyn Manson’s lawyers may seek ‘global mediation’ to settle rape and sexual assault charges

Marilyn Manson’s lawyer tells US court that the singer may seek “global mediation" to resolve the multiple sexual assault and abuse cases brought against him

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Prosecutor drops charges against officer in rare case of restorative justice mediation

Criminal charges against a St. Louis County police officer who shot a Black woman were dropped Monday after the victim requested a restorative justice mediation that focuses on repairing the harm caused by an offense.

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Mediation commences today in Rams relocation case

In a little more than a month, the high-stakes litigation arising from the relocation of the Rams will go to trial in St. Louis. Starting today, the parties will convene in an effort to resolve the case.

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11/16

How Do Lawyers Counsel Clients During Cold-Feet Mediation Moments?

"Cold feet" can be defined as an apprehension or doubt strong enough to prevent a planned course of action. Mediators come across this phenomenon, when everything is agreed and then one of the parties develops cold feet!

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From Gang Member to Gang Mediator

An “interrupter” tells her story about preventing violence on the streets of Chicago.

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9/11 Victim Fund Director Feinberg Is Named Mediator for J&J Fight

The lawyer who oversaw payments to victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks has agreed to mediate part of the fight between Johnson & Johnson’s former talc supplier and thousands of women who claim the company’s baby powder causes ovarian cancer.

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Ecuador to use military, mediation to end prison violence

Authorities attribute the unrest to competing drug-trafficking gangs fighting over trafficking routes. Steps to pacify the prisons were agreed with a wide range of officials, Lasso said, describing the violence as one of the biggest crises the country has faced in decades.

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Clarks agrees to mediation in fire-and-rehire strike

The shoe retailer Clarks has agreed to allow mediators to help resolve a strike at its warehouse in Street, Somerset. The conciliation service Acas confirmed that it is in contact with the company and the union about arranging talks. Staff at the warehouse have been on strike since 4 October over pay and conditions.

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The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine has passed the law on mediation

Some 247 MPs voted for the relevant decision, an Ukrinform correspondent reported. The approved document proposes defining the legal basis and procedure for mediation in Ukraine.

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11/09

India government releases draft bill of country’s first mediation law

India’s Ministry of Law and Justice released Friday the Draft Mediation Bill, 2021, inviting comments and suggestions from all stakeholders. The bill aims to promote, encourage and facilitate mediation in the country, particularly institutional mediation.

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Mediation is Available at the North Carolina Court of Appeals

The week of October 17-23 has been designated as Conflict Resolution Week in North Carolina. Mediation is a form of conflict resolution in which the parties meet with an impartial and neutral person who assists them in the negotiation of their differences. Parties may participate in mediation prior to litigation or after the commencement of litigation or even on appeal. Unlike many states, in North Carolina, mediation is available at the Court of Appeals. The Appellate Mediation Project was established in 2002.

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To limit evictions, Bellevue provides landlord-tenant mediation, money for back rent

With the statewide moratorium on evictions ending last week, the City of Bellevue is offering mediation to help tenants and landlords negotiate repayment of overdue rent, on-hold because of impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic. The city is also providing money to low- and moderate-income residents to cover back rent and unpaid mortgage.

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Dealing with a landlord-tenant issue? N.H. officials say a new mediation program can help keep you out of court

New Hampshire residents have a new way to avoid evictions or resolve housing disputes outside a courtroom. Tenants and landlords can now request to use a free mediation process, where a neutral third party can help to come up with a solution to their underlying disagreements before an eviction case is filed.

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11/02

Louisiana Implements Mediation Program for Hurricane Ida Claims

Louisiana has established a voluntary mediation program for the purpose of resolving property/casualty insurance claim disputes related to damage caused by Hurricane Ida, which struck Southeast Louisiana as a category 4 hurricane in late August.

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Column: Mediation an opportunity to be proud of

“Mediation” is defined (per Webster) as “intervention between conflicting parties to promote reconciliation, settlement or compromise.” I’m a mediator, certified by the state, and proud to serve.

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Ex-talc suppliers, insurers seek mediation as bankruptcies hit turning point

Calls for mediation in two intertwined talc-related bankruptcies are growing as disputes over insurance policies have bogged down efforts to resolve litigation alleging exposure to talc products caused cancer through the Chapter 11 process.

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Dayton to use mediation response for some nonviolent 911 calls

Dayton plans to launch its new way of responding with unarmed mediators to minor, nonviolent issues by spring. The new 911 mediation response program could grow to handle about 4% to 5% of police calls for service in the city, reducing interactions between law enforcement and residents that have the potential to escalate.

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Co-Mediation As a Conciliation Tool

Co-mediation is an under-used concept in conciliation. In the right cases, co-mediation can benefit all involved. In the current climate, where diversity and inclusion awareness is heightened, the time is ripe for a tool such as co-mediation, to ensure access to justice and inclusivity where case outcomes may be more equitable.

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October 2021
10/19

The Explosion of Mediation: An Alternative to Trials

Mediator David A. Hoffman talks about the explosion of mediation during the pandemic, the push for mediation as an alternative to trials, and what the future holds for jury trials.

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Legal experts, advocates help mediate evictions inside the Guilford County Courthouse: ‘Don’t give up’

GREENSBORO, N.C. (WGHP) — The Eviction Mediation & Housing Navigation Program is now fully operational inside the Guilford County Courthouse in Greensboro. The program is a partnership between Legal Aid, Guilford County DSS, and the City of Greensboro Neighborhood Development Department. The team assists with applications to the city’s Emergency Rental and Utility Assistance Program, and staff can fast-track applications for those facing eviction.

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Louisiana Implements Mediation Program for Hurricane Ida Claims

Louisiana has established a voluntary mediation program for the purpose of resolving property/casualty insurance claim disputes related to damage caused by Hurricane Ida, which struck Southeast Louisiana as a category 4 hurricane in late August.

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Veterans, NH hospital in Bible dispute agree to mediation

CONCORD, N.H. — Two U.S. Air Force veterans and New Hampshire's veterans hospital involved in a legal dispute over the display of a Bible have agreed to mediation.

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New state program offers free mediation services to farmers

LANSING — Michigan farmers now have access to a free mediation service to settle disputes outside of court. The Michigan Community Mediation Association has been awarded the Michigan Agricultural Mediation Program by the United States Department of Agriculture. Farmers’ disputes covered by this grant can range from contract issues, estate and probate complications, adverse determinations by the USDA, bankruptcy, and any other conflict farmers may face concerning their farms.

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10/05

Mediation in progress as Aleksander Shul countersues University Heights

The Aleksander Shul, which has been embroiled in legal action with the city of University Heights, has countersued the city and Mayor Michael Dylan Brennan, alleging a “continued pattern of harassment and intimidation.”

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Lakhimpur violence: Farmers' kin dispute autopsy, agree to cremate three after mediation

BAREILLY: For hours on Tuesday morning, families of farmers who died in Sunday’s violence at Banbirpur in Lakhimpur Kheri refused to cremate the bodies after the autopsy reports "did not mention bullet injuries".

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Mediation myths busted: What litigators need to know

If you’re a litigator, mediation is likely a large part of your practice. In many counties, mediation has to be a part of your practice given local rules. Mediation allows many of us to get cases resolved — often cases the parties thought probably had little chance of resolving at all, let alone six, 12 or 18 months before trial.

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September 2021
9/28

Campus Mediation Program Teaches Students Creative Conflict Resolution

Following years of revisions and summer implementation of the new Cornell Student Code of Conduct, conflict resolution will potentially give a greater voice to students in the Cornell Campus Mediation Program. Now explicitly outlined in the code, mediation could take greater prominence in resolving campus disputes.

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Mediators Urge Tenants To Seek Help As Eviction Protections Expire

Tenants in Washington now have an additional 30-day stay from eviction if they’re seeking help for past-due rent after the governor extended the bridge eviction moratorium.

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Mediation for Sept. 27 COVID-19 vaccine mandate
A mediator from PERB (the Public Employment Relations Board) is bringing together representatives from PEF and the Governor’s Office for Employee Relations (GOER) today in an attempt to negotiate the impact of the COVID-19 vaccine mandate imposed by New York State that is set to go into effect on Sept. 27 for healthcare workers. PEF President Wayne Spence issued the following statement as mediation commences: read more

 

Bellwether Mediations As An Alternative To Bellwether Trials

Conceptually, the goal of bellwether mediations is the same as that of its counterpart (a trial): to develop an objective way to value a disparate set of cases to facilitate settlement.

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New Hampshire circuit courts enlist mediation as eviction-reduction tool

New program offers remote sessions to stave off unnecessary proceedings. In the weeks since the abrupt end to the nationwide eviction moratorium, attorneys and judges have raced to dampen its effects. Eviction court judges have used the bench to promote federal rental relief. Legal assistance organizations have doubled down on their efforts to take on clients. Aid agencies have appeared in court to help tenants and landlords directly.

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9/21

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar Speaks To Arnab On His Mediation's Role In Ayodhya Solution

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, who was a part of the mediation panel in the Ayodhya case, said he believes in the philosophy that 'a leader must lead from the back.'

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Mediator to help resolve standoff between Upstate nurses union, state over vaccine mandate

Syracuse, N.Y. – A mediator has been assigned to resolve a standoff between Upstate University Hospital’s nurses union and the governor’s office over the Covid-19 vaccination mandate for health care workers that takes effect Monday.

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Georgia's New Uniform Mediation Act Provides Protections For Private Mediations

Georgia’s Uniform Mediation Act (“GUMA”), codified at O.C.G.A. § 9-17-1, et seq., went into effect on July 1, 2021 and applies to mediation proceedings entered into from that date. GUMA provides new protections and requirements for parties and mediators engaging in private mediation in Georgia.

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Dubai: Sheikh Mohammed issues new law regulating mediation services

It seeks to encourage alternative dispute resolution methods and enhance the efficiency of mediation procedures.

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9/14

Cultural Diversity: Beyond the Golden Rule

On a regular basis, I mediate and arbitrate disputes involving people from diverse cultural backgrounds. Communication breakdowns bog down mediations and arbitrations in general, but where cultural diversity is an issue, all participants must work especially hard to address the intercultural uniqueness.

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Mayor Lightfoot Announces Plan to Launch Community-Police Mediation Pilot to Address Select Police Misconduct Complaints

The program would allow some COPA and BIA complaints to be referred to a community mediation program

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How the Mediation Process Works on Hawai‘i Evictions

The state’s eviction moratorium expired last month. Then, the U.S. Supreme Court overruled the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's eviction moratorium. But there’s an added layer of security in Hawai‘i for the courts and renters.

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Dayton could send ‘mediation responders’ to 911 calls

A proposed pilot program in Dayton could pioneer a new way of responding to some types of 911 calls for police service that involve lower-level disputes and conflict. A consultant has recommended that Dayton hire, train and deploy new mediation center staff to respond to certain kinds of service calls that do not require an armed police officer.

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9/07

Judge calls for mediation to resolve state’s lawsuit involving troubled Indianapolis apartments

INDIANAPOLIS – A Marion County judge delivered a significant setback to tenants who live at the troubled Lakeside Pointe apartment complex. The ruling, handed down earlier this week, denied a request from the Office of Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita to appoint a receiver to take control of the company that manages the property.

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Singapore Convention on Mediation more important amid Covid-19 pandemic: Shanmugam

There is even greater need for a good dispute resolution mechanism now, with the Covid-19 pandemic and rising geopolitical tensions and trade protectionism issues leading to more disputes, said Law and Home Affairs Minister K. Shanmugam.

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2018 murder case headed to mediation; could still go to trial if no resolution

The murder case involving Matt Adams, who is accused of killing a woman in 2018, is heading to mediation to potentially be resolved without going to trial.

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Pritzker signs bully mediation bill into law

Gov. J.B. Pritzker has signed Senate Bill 673, a bill that aims to help students find common ground when dealing with bullies rather than having them miss school.

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Quebec introduces pilot project for free youth protection mediation service

MONTREAL — A new pilot project in Quebec is encouraging parents to seek mediation and solutions outside legal procedures for the better good of children.

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August 2021
8/24

Insurer Considerations For Post-Pandemic Virtual Mediation

As the number of COVID-19 cases increased in the course of the pandemic, so too did the use of virtual mediation as a means of dispute resolution. The utilization of mediation to resolve disputes has quickly become even more popular as it can be done in a completely virtual setting, eliminating the need for face-to-face meetings or travel.

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Time to regain momentum on the benefits of mediation

Making ADR mandatory does not guarantee that cases settle, but you do create more opportunities for the rational assessment of litigation risk and to agree on remedies that the courts cannot provide.

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Outcome of Guzman mural remains unclear after mediation

The future of a more than 40-year-old mural on Guadalupe Street remains unclear after a day of talks between an artist striving to save the painting and a state agency determined to remove it from a building undergoing renovations.

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The Future of Mediation by Video Conference

There are two significant ways in which mediation by video conference will change construction law and both are a function of removing the need to travel. First, video conferencing allows more people to attend a mediation without significantly affecting the cost and trouble of the attendance. Second, mediation by video conference opens the doors for mediators to expand a localized mediation practice to a national one.

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Seaport developer, lender agree to mediation over troubled ‘leaning’ tower

The city halted work on the “leaning” South Street Seaport tower in April after the construction manager withdrew from the project. At the time, construction had already been stalled for months, and the project’s lender was fighting to take over the tower, attempting to foreclose on a $120 million loan.

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