Mediation in Today's News

December 2018

Students say officials put off settling GW Student Bar Association conflict to avoid bad publicity

Months after students first raised concerns that the president of the Student Bar Association made an insensitive remark about a Jewish student group, students say law school administrators have done little to address the situation. read


A little help from their friends: Amesbury student group program teaches kids peer mediation

‘Kids helping other kids’ is what the peer mediation program is all about, and Amesbury Middle School (AMS) has a new batch of peer mediators trained to help other students resolve conflicts. read


Southeast High School addressing racial tension, other conflicts through peer mediation

What began as a conversation with a couple of students around race ... led to the formation of a group that really has a much broader goal of changing (school) climate by resolving issues that arise, some that may be racial in nature read


UK Civil Justice Council opts against mandatory ADR

The Civil Justice Council (CJC) has stopped short of recommending a ’presumption’ that parties will agree to alternative dispute resolution (ADR) as a condition for issuing proceedings - but said it is committed to promoting alternatives to litigation. read


UK: What Do You Think Makes A Good Mediator?

How does a lawyer explain to their client why they recommend using a mediator beyond saying “they have a good reputation”? read


ODRways, NUJS to organise Indian Mediation Week, Business Mediation Summits to spread awareness

In furtherance of efforts to promote mediation in India, the West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences Kolkata (NUJS) is organising an Indian Mediation Week (IMW), a pan-India mediation awareness campaign, in collaboration with Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) centre, ODRways. read


The SRO: Mentor, Mediator, Counselor, Cop

After months of work, the Michigan School Safety Task Force has presented a set of recommendations to Governor Rick Snyder. In April, the governor directed the group to review and modify best practices that school districts can use to protect their students and staff. One goal of the task force is to create a standard curriculum for training school resource officers. read


Insured’s Suit Against Insurer Is Dismissed Where Parties Hadn’t First Mediated Their Dispute

A federal district court in Florida has granted an insurer’s motion to dismiss a lawsuit brought by its insured where the parties had not previously engaged in mediation as mandated by the insurance policy – even though neither the insurer nor insured had demanded mediation before the insured filed his lawsuit. read


California Attorneys Must Obtain Client's Signed Understanding of Mediation Confidentiality, Effective January 1, 2019

Effective January 1, 2019, California attorneys are required to provide written disclosures to their client explaining mediation confidentiality restrictions. They must also obtain written acknowledgment from the client that he/she understands the disclosures. Failure to obtain a proper signed acknowledgment is not a basis to set aside an agreement, but may subject an attorney to discipline. read

November 2018

EPA To Update Public On Mediation Of Housatonic River Cleanup

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is inviting the public to weigh in on the cleanup of the Housatonic River at a meeting Monday in Lenox, Massachusetts. read


UK: Mediating Personal And Emotional Disputes

Reading about the possibility of a mediated resolution of a dispute arising out of a mass shooting, reminded me how effective mediation is as a process for finding agreement to disputes which occur in the most heartbreaking and emotional contexts read


Canada - Online dispute resolution bolstering access to justice

Despite the reluctance many jurisdictions have about utilising tech in dispute resolution matters, the chair of Canada’s Civil Resolution Tribunal has shared how doing so has aided in the country’s access to justice crisis. read


India - 7th law school mediation tournament conclude

The tournament was organised by Alternate Dispute Resolution Cell (ADRC) at NLIU, Bhopal in collaboration with INADR. The students participated in third preliminary round with the dispute involving are legions sect and their ritual practice of animal sacrifice, which was opposed by their neighbours. read


Meaningful Diversity: The Next Chapter of the ADR Story

Neutrals with diverse backgrounds can help administer justice in today’s increasingly diverse society, as they are a reflection of the people they serve. Of course, mere diversity is not enough; the meaningful inclusion of those diverse candidates in the industry is the next chapter of the ADR story. read


The Impact of Recent Changes in Family Law in Australia for Family Dispute Resolution Practitioners

Major changes to family law were announced this year, all of which are likely to impact how family law practitioners work with clients, the court system and opposing counsel. read


Telecom mediator sees 57% spike in complaints in 2017-18, mainly about wireless

Canadians are unhappy about their telecom and internet services and are complaining in growing numbers. read


UK: The Value Of Joint Sessions – Dynamic And Engaging

The recent 2018 biennial CEDR mediation audit reported mediators observing a significant resistance (25% of comments) to joint meetings at the start of a mediation day. read


Paterson educators going to Oregon for 'restorative justice' training

PATERSON, NJ — Nine city educators will travel to Oregon in December for five days of training in the "restorative justice" approach to student discipline, an alternative method that focuses on mediation rather than punishment. read


China Publishes Guideline For Building Mediation Rooms

BEIJING,:China's Ministry of Justice has released a guideline for building "mediation rooms." Mediation rooms are organizations where civil and commercial disputes are resolved by mediators. For a mediator to be eligible, the mediator must be fair, honest and have high public prestige. read


Independent complaints service Rail Ombudsman launches in UK

The Rail Delivery Group has announced the launch of the UK Rail Ombudsman service, which will enable rail passengers who are unhappy about the way their complaints have been handled to appeal. read


Settlement reached in fan's PSL lawsuit against the Rams

The Los Angeles Rams have agreed to settle litigation over personal seat licenses sold for games at the Dome at America's Center in St. Louis. read


The Singapore Convention: A breakthrough for international trade
Litigation and arbitration can be lengthy and costly, which explains in part why mediation has been gaining in popularity as a method for resolving cross-border commercial disputes. read


'Botched' star Terry Dubrow in mediation with patient who wants $3M

No good deed goes unpunished, especially for Dr. Terry Dubrow. The A-list plastic surgeon and his lawyer are set to sit down with a scorned “Botched” patient who is demanding $3 million. read


Ireland: Mediation not confrontation needed on farm debt says Harkin

Where farmers are engaged in meaningful mediation with vulture funds, there should be no forced sales and consequent evictions MEP, Marian Harkin has stated. read


Carson woman aims to help promote conflict resolution as president of the SCMA

Angela J. Reddock-Wright has been practicing law for 22 years, but she didn’t realize the full potential of mediation until the last decade. read


Audrina Patridge Agrees to Mediation amid Messy Divorce

Audrina Patridge and her estranged husband Corey Bohan will participate in mediation as they draw closer to finalizing their divorce. read


'Spinal Tap' creators, Vivendi to mediate $400 million US fraud lawsuit

(Reuters) - The creators of “This Is Spinal Tap” have agreed to put their fraud lawsuit against Vivendi SA on hold while a mediator tries to resolve their $400 million (£308 million) case over the 1984 cult film. read


Mandatory Pre-institution Commercial Mediation in India

The Bill envisages the opt-out model of mediation, which has enjoyed considerable success in countries like Italy and Turkey in the recent past. read


UK publishes rules for cross-border mediation post-Brexit

The UK government has moved to amend existing laws on cross-border mediation to account for Brexit. read


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The new AU financial mediation body you need to know about

The Australian Financial Complaints Authority is the “one stop shop” for financial disputes and complaints. read


Meaningful participation: women and peacebuilding in the Pacific

The emphasis on customary principles and practices enabled women to be recognised in state decision-making and in their efforts to build peace. read


Can elder mediation prevent abuse?

Mediation can help resolve family conflict before it escalates to elder abuse, a conference will hear, but only if it is part of a wider approach to early intervention and support. read


Mediation service 'shining a light' on complaint resolution

The Veterinary Client Mediation Service, funded by the RCVS, and operated by a leading Hertfordshire law firm offers help and guidance to resolve complaints between vets and clients. read


UK Construction Disputes – to Mediate or Adjudicate?

Peter Vinden, Chief Executive of The Vinden Partnership discusses mediation as a method to resolve construction disputes read


Contact with your children over Christmas while separating?

Many divorcing couples are keen to get Christmas over and done with, especially parents who find it difficult to agree on child contact arrangements over the festive period. read


Handling a commercial dispute claim

Hilary Messer, a senior associate and specialist in dispute resolution, discusses ways to prevent a UK commercial dispute claim from going to court. read


Fifth Asian Mediation Association Conference held in Jakarta

New Delhi, Nov 14 (PTI) The fifth edition of the Asian Mediation Association Conference was hosted by the Indonesia Mediation Centre in Jakarta recently. read


Ayodhya issue: NCM chief to mediate for out of court settlement, asks Muslims to be ‘big-hearted’

National Commission for Minorities chairperson Ghayorul Hasan Rizvi on Sunday made a strong pitch for mediation in the Ayodhya issue, saying he will speak with all stakeholders for an out of court settlement of the matter. read


Delhi High Court questions trial courts’ move of referring serious cases for mediation

The Delhi High Court has questioned the manner in which cases of serious nature like rape, molestation and economic fraud were being referred for mediation by trial courts. read


India: Fast-Track Dispute Conciliation - The New Wave Arbitration

With the different available options to resolve the differences between the parties such as filing of suit in the Court of law, alternate dispute redressal mechanism including conciliation, mediation and arbitration are gaining popularity. read


Judge orders Hultgren Construction in mediation for Copper Lounge collapse

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KSFY) - A federal judge has ordered Hultgren Construction into mediation for lawsuits surrounding the former Copper Lounge building collapse. read


Sara Netanyahu's Criminal Fraud Case Referred to Mediation

So far efforts to resolve the matter without a trial have been stalled over Attorney General Mendelblit's demand that in addition to reimbursing the state, that she admit the allegations against her. read


HMRC logs 62% rise in disputed tax collected through mediation

The UK tax collector HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has reported a 62% rise in disputed tax collected using mediation last year, ending 31 March 2018, to £40.8m ($52.3m, €45.8m), up from £25.2m in 2016-17. read


Mediation valuable service in criminal justice system

With the District Court facing an overloaded docket, judges and the DA’s Office are able to utilize mediation to keep certain legal matters from eating up valuable court time. For certain cases — property disputes, landlord-tenant disputes, family disputes, first offense shoplifting or incidents involving students — volunteer mediators resolve most issues. read


Mini-Grants available for peer mediation support at K-12 schools

BAR REPORT - State bar foundation offers peer mediation mini-grants for schools read


Nordic Women Mediators Annual Meeting in Copenhagen

Members from all five national branches of the Nordic Women Mediators (NWM) network will convene in Copenhagen, Denmark for a two-day annual meeting of the regional network on 21-22 November. read


Brown Univ. UCS considers peer, administrative mediation initiatives

Social justice mediation program representative, ombudsperson present to general body. read


Mediation pending in lewd case

SANDPOINT — Mediation is being conducted in the case of a Bonner County man accused of repeatedly molesting two minors, court records show. read


After Months Of Mediation, Tentative Settlement Reached In NHL Concussion Lawsuit

The NHL and attorneys for retired players announced a tentative settlement Monday in the biggest lawsuit brought against the league over concussions and other head injuries. read


Tax disputes to be resolved through mediation

ISLAMABAD: The Federal Board of Revenue on Tuesday decided to grant the facility to resolve more than 31,000 tax cases at different legal forums through mediation committees. read