Mediation News
April 2021
4/06

Philadelphia Tries Mediation to Prevent Evictions

The coronavirus pandemic has put pressures on tenants who lose work, and the landlords who lose rent income. This program tries to help both.

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Mediation Agreement Calls for Deferred Sentence for Woman Who Struck Child Getting Off Bus

Patricia Ann Berliner entered an Alford plea to criminal endangerment on March 25; agreement includes community service, pledge to ‘raise awareness about bus safety’

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Civil rights lawsuit against Charlottesville police officers headed to mediation

A lawsuit filed on behalf of several Albemarle County residents against two Charlottesville police officers accused of violating their civil rights by stopping their car while out of their jurisdiction is heading to mediation following a judge’s order.

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Notes From the Judge: Keys to a Successful Mediation

Almost eight years ago I authored an article titled “10 Tips for a Successful Mediation,” and here we are more than 1,000 mediations and arbitrations later. I thought now would be a good time to revisit that topic as these suggestions are shared against the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on the courts and current settlement practices.

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Ammon Bundy case heads to mediation

BOISE, Idaho (CBS2) — The ongoing Ammon Bundy case is headed to mediation. A judge on Friday scheduled Bundy to head to a mediation conference with Magistrate Judge Greg Kalbfleisch, who's out of northern Idaho on April 26.

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Relaunch of the Human Relations Commission Mediation Service Virtual News Conference

Toledo Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz will hold a virtual news conference at 10 a.m., Wednesday, April 7 to announce the relaunch of the Toledo Human Relations Commission mediation service.

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Chavez counters social justice groups, pitches eviction mediation program

Fresno City Council will consider a new program that is designed to protect tenants from unlawful evictions after California’s COVID-19 eviction moratorium ends in June. Council President Luis Chavez is proposing the rental mediation program on Thursday, which will officially be known as Keep Fresno Housed.

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Lawyer says mediation resolves feud among Jordan royals

BEIRUT (AP) — Mediation between Jordan’s King Abdullah II and his outspoken half brother, Prince Hamzah, successfully de-escalated one of the most serious political crises in the kingdom in decades, the palace and a confidant of the prince said Monday.

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March 2021
3/30

Discipline, Grievances and the Road Not Often Taken

Mediating grievances can save time, money and resolve problems. Why is it not done more often?

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England: Divorcing couples to receive £500 mediation voucher

Divorcing couples are set to receive a £500 tax-free voucher for mediation in a UK government bid to ease pressure on the courts following the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Mediation in the Public Sector

In countries with a continental European legal tradition, it is very rare for State institutions to undergo mediation procedures. And even if they do, it is highly unlikely that they would reach binding agreements that would resolve their disputes. Nonetheless, Ecuador is an exception.

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NH landlord-tenant mediation could be national model, delegation says

New Hampshire’s congressional delegation is calling on the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to promote landlord-tenant mediation programs they say would help prevent evictions.

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How Mediation Can Help Both Sides Win a Trade Secret Case

Mediation is the natural, organic solution to the typical trade secret case that takes on a life of its own, becoming a soap opera for the participants. Properly engaged…it supports the parties in identifying the real problems and preparing for solutions to emerge.

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3/23

Employment mediation tips and tricks

Dispute resolution—including those related to employment—are important parts of the law. With dispute resolution, you have a mechanism that will help you beat those lengthy and costly court cases. However, if you want the best results from an employment case, employ the right strategies. The following tips will help you get it right when it comes to dispute resolution.

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Los Altos council member, activist agree to mediation

An announced mediation effort to settle a dispute between a young Black leader and a Los Altos City Council member met with a mixture of hope and skepticism from speakers at last week’s council meeting.

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Blog: Benefits of Mediation When Divorcing During a Pandemic

If you are considering divorce during this time, you are clearly not alone. If the idea of dealing with the court system and the typical expenses of the traditional process does not appeal to you however, you’re also not alone. Mediation is an avenue for obtaining a divorce quickly, safely, confidentially, and cost effectively, especially during Covid-19.

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Pulaski Street Elementary School learn peer mediation

Fifth grade students from Pulaski Street Elementary School participated in a peer mediation training hosted by EAC Network’s Long Island Dispute Resolution Center. “We are proud of these students,” said library media specialist Amelia Estevez Creedon. “They learned skills that will help them succeed and work cooperatively in school and in their future careers.”

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County, cities conclude mediation; will discuss ‘revenue sharing’ to resolve dispute

ROCKINGHAM — The mediation between Richmond County and the cities of Rockingham and Hamlet regarding what the cities allege was a breach of contract by the county has concluded with a “tentative agreement” to discuss a solution to the battle over the sales tax distribution method.

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3/16

Los Altos council member, activist agree to mediation in racism debate

Los Altos Mayor Neysa Fligor signaled a possible breakthrough Tuesday night in the back-and-forth debate over Councilmember Lynette Lee Eng’s controversial Nov. 24 comments.

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Conflict resolution, restorative mediation: Approaches help teens turn away from crime

Between the moment juvenile offenders first feel handcuffs on their wrists to the second they hear a jail door slam behind them, they have many opportunities to turn away from crime. Even while they’re behind bars, programs have been developed to steer them toward positive, crime-free lives.

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Preparing For Mediation In Bankruptcy

Facilitative mediation continues to grow as a preferred method to resolve disputes, especially in bankruptcy proceedings.

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Former NFL players seek to intervene in race-norming mediation, citing mistrust of class counsel

Players allege that a discriminatory system has emerged under the settlement.

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Mediation sought in Bennington arts center disputes

Parties involved in legal disputes focused on the former Bennington Center for the Arts are moving toward a formal mediation process, which could lead to the property being offered for sale.

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Free mediation service in Savannah for landlord-tenant cases when eviction moratorium expires

Savannah Mayor Van Johnson announced a new partnership between several non-profits that will help keep people in their homes when a federal eviction moratorium expires at the end of March.

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Mediation is a solution to COVID-19 insurance lawsuit deluge

The expense and corollary issues around business-interruption claim litigation should make mediation attractive to insurers and policyholders.

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To resolve landlord-tenant disputes: Don’t wait, mediate

Hawaii’s eviction moratorium is currently set to expire on April 13. Even if the moratorium is extended, landlords and tenants will eventually have to resolve their disputes over unpaid rent, utilities and other monies owed. Now is the time for those with looming disagreements to consider their options for finding a resolution.

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3/09

N.F.L. Asked to Address Race-Based Evaluations in Concussion Settlement

Mediation in the case could force a reopening of hundreds of denied dementia claims from Black players if race-based evaluation benchmarks are thrown out.

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New pro bono mediation project resolves family law cases with less time, money

As with most things in 2020, the pandemic threw a wrench in the plan. In this case, the plan was for a new pro bono mediation project in the Marion County courts.

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Richmond Heights residents revive community mediation committee

A group of Richmond Heights residents have come together to form a mediation committee and conflict resolution service aimed at resolving minor disputes among community members.

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When Mediating in Colorado, Sign a Settlement Memorandum During the Mediation

In Tuscany Custom Homes, LLC v. John B. Westover, et al., No. 2020CA1724, the Colorado Court of Appeals held that post-mediation communications from a mediator memorializing the parties’ agreement reached during mediation (but not executed by the parties) and an unsigned settlement agreement formalizing those settlement terms were “mediation communications” under Colorado’s dispute resolution statute (C.R.S. § 13-22-302(2.5) & -307) and thus inadmissible evidence of a settlement agreement.

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J. Michael McWilliams, a mediation lawyer who assisted in the 1978 gubernatorial campaign of Harry R. Hughes, dies

J. Michael McWilliams, a Baltimore mediation attorney who founded his own firm, participated in the 1978 gubernatorial campaign of Harry R. Hughes and then headed his transition team, died of complications from pneumonia Feb. 23 at Sinai Hospital. The Roland Park resident was 81.

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3/02

Santa Rosa County reaches settlement over Navarre Beach's infamous 'Turner House'

After collecting dust and notoriety for the past 17 years, Navarre Beach's infamous "Turner House" — a dilapidated red brick home at the end of Gulf Boulevard that has sat dormant and derelict since Hurricane Ivan in 2004 — finally has a resolution in sight.

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Rapper and actor Ice-T talks new show 'The Mediator with Ice-T'

"'The Mediator' is two people with any level of problem — it doesn't even have to have money involved — it's just a problem, and we try to get between them and solve their problem so they can live happily ever after," says the legendary rapper.

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Singapore: Mediation may be made compulsory in cases of neighbour disputes

An inter-agency committee is conducting a “comprehensive review” of the Community Dispute Management Framework that helps to manage disputes between neighbours. Authorities could, for instance, make it compulsory for parties to turn up for mediation and counselling.

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Judge sends New Palestine business dispute to mediation

HANCOCK COUNTY — The lawsuit filed by a New Palestine business owner against the town’s board of zoning appeals has been ordered to mediation. Judge Scott Sirk decided an outside mediator might have the best chance at helping the two sides reach an agreement.

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Construction Mediation in India: An Adaptable Process for Resolving Disputes

Kamal Kumar Dubey explains the fine art of mediation and the role of the mediator in a dispute

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Hawaii Lawmakers Mull Mediation To Prevent Mass Evictions After Moratorium Lifted

A bill would require landlords to enter mediation upon a tenant’s request, but some advocates say the measure doesn’t do enough to protect renters at risk of eviction.

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February 2021
2/23

Judge urges sides to consider mediation in case of woman ‘on her deathbed’

Joan Lucey who has terminal cervical cancer is suing the HSE and two laboratories

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China's online mediation platform faces surging applications

Nearly 5.2 million disputes were resolved in 2020 on China's online mediation platform with a success rate of 65 percent, saving more people the bother of going to court, according to the Supreme People's Court (SPC).

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Making mediation not mandatory is problematic

A recent judgement has ruled that provisions for pre-institution mediation before the filing of a suit involving commercial disputes are not mandatory. This judgement sets back a laudable policy initiative for use of mediation to settle commercial disputes.

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American woman accused of killing a UK teenager proposes 'mediation' with his family

The woman accused of killing 19-year-old Harry Dunn while she was driving on the wrong side of the road in England -- says she is willing to enter into "mediation" with his family, after a court in Virginia ruled against her attempt to have a civil case for wrongful death dismissed.

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Strategic Tips That Parties Should Consider When Mediating Disputes

Nearly all construction industry standard form contracts require mediation as part of their dispute resolution provisions. Often confused with arbitration, mediation is a negotiation facilitated by a neutral third party.

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Can a dog help manage emotions during mediation? New study says yes

A paper published by the Harvard Negotiation Law Review by Kamloops lawyer David Paul explores the idea of canine-assisted mediation, which involves having dogs in a room along with people during family law mediation proceedings.

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2/16

Solving cases through mediation can reduce pendency of cases, Chief Justice says

Madras High Court Chief Justice Sanjib Banerjee said cases which required adjudication could be left to the court and those needing only certain adjustments could be solved through mediation.

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NH circuit courts launch mediation pilot program for eviction cases

The N.H. Circuit Court will pilot a free, voluntary mediation program to resolve eviction disputes.

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Free Mediation To Help Keep People Housed During The Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic is threatening the housing stability of thousands of families and individuals in San José. Now more than ever, people need a safe place to call home.

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In A Reversal, Pennsylvania Will Now Allow Lawyers In Special Education Mediations

Revising its prior guidance, the Pennsylvania Office for Dispute Resolution (ODR) will permit attorney participation in special education mediations beginning March 1, 2021.

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Trade mediation agency resolves disputes worth W121b last year

South Korea's trade mediation agency said Sunday it resolved 120.7 billion won ($108.4 million) worth of unfair contracts through arbitration last year.

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"Turner House" Lawsuit Heads to Mediation

A judge has ordered Santa Rosa County and the owners of the "Turner House" to head to mediation before an April trial date.

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Fitchburg’s Sizer School students dedicated to being Peer Mediators

FITCHBURG — Over the past month, 12 Sizer School students have participated in an 18-hour online course to become Peer Mediators, according to a release from the charter school.

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