Mediation in Today's News

February 2019

Australia’s new dispute resolution body to accept complaints dating back to 2008

The Australian Government proposes to widen AFCA’s remit so that the body accepts complaints dating back to January 1, 2008. read


New behaviour guidelines for Quebec hockey parents aim to keep action on the ice

Guidelines set out roles, responsibilities for parents, team and arena personnel, officials.  If parents tell a child to fight another player, for instance, the guidelines suggest they be confronted, placed into a mediation process and then brought in front of a disciplinary committee. read


Maryland-HBCU funding deal discussed with Black lawmakers

Gov. Larry Hogan met with members of the Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland last week to discuss a settlement to a long-running dispute over the state's treatment of its historically Black colleges, as well as other priorities of the caucus this legislative session. read


4 Things to know about ICC Mediation Week

The International Chamber of Commerce’s (ICC) largest education event, ICC Mediation Week, officially kicks off in Paris. More than 500 students, ADR practitioners and volunteers from across the globe are set to embark on a week-long journey of learning, networking and fun. read


Ireland: State seeks to resolve McCabe actions for damages through mediation

The State wants to mediate several damages actions brought against it by retired Garda sergeant and whistleblower Maurice McCabe. read


Rice Creek Commons dispute moves to mediation

Ramsey County is looking for third-party help to resolve long-simmering differences with the city of Arden Hills over the planned redevelopment of the former Twin Cities Army Ammunition Plant site in Arden Hills. read


Mediation scheduled in lawsuit against Nashua superintendent

A private mediator will be used in an effort to resolve a civil lawsuit brought forward by a former school board member against Superintendent Jahmal Mosley. read


PBGC Pilot Mediation Project is Now Permanent

The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (the “PBGC”) launched a Pilot Mediation Project in October 2017 to provide plan sponsors an opportunity to negotiate resolutions in Early Warning Program cases. Following its trial run, the PBGC announced last month that it would make the Mediation Program permanent. read


Thousands of Texans were shocked by surprise medical bills. Their requests for help overwhelmed the state.

A massive backlog that began last summer left state regulators unable to provide timely help to the thousands of Texans who requested mediation from the Texas Department of Insurance. read


Five ways to secure mediation success

Properly directed, planned and tailored to the circumstances, this alternative mechanism is an essential tool. read


Glasgow University law students triumph at national mediation competition

A team of law students from Glasgow University have triumphed at a national mediation competition. Megan Duff, Christy Foster and Ross Wilson came joint first in the UK Mediation Competition 2019, which was held at the University of the West of England in Bristol. read


Mediation between former U of L players and NCAA over 2013 title lawsuit was 'unsuccessful'

The court-ordered mediation between the NCAA and five members of the 2013 University of Louisville basketball team who sued in an attempt to "clear names" and restore the team's national title was "unsuccessful," according to the mediator. read


Royal Commission calls for national farm debt mediation scheme

Rural banks will be required to commence farm mediation processes as soon as loans become distressed, not as a ‘last measure’ before taking enforcement action, under a key recommendation from the Hayne Royal Commission into banking. read


RendezVous LeBreton Group mediation set to get underway Monday

Talks to build a downtown arena at LeBreton Flats are about to get serious.League sources told Postmedia on the weekend mediation involving Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk and partner John Ruddy of the Trinity Development Group is heating up with several days of meetings scheduled to start Monday in Toronto in an attempt to try to the save RendezVous LeBreton’s deal with the National Capital Commission. read


Lawsuit Over Disputed Broker Fee Headed To Mediation

A lawsuit filed against Howell Public Schools by a real estate broker and agent is apparently heading toward mediation. read


Shaping the Future of Mediation

When not at the helm of delivering family and civil mediation services for their many clients, Nicola Crowther and the team at Crowther Mediation are working hard to train and up skill the next generation of mediators – not just in the UK, but across the globe read


Guthrie, ABC board members ordered into mediation in unfair dismissal case

The Australian Broadcasting Corporation and several of its directors have been ordered into mediation "as soon as reasonably practicable" with sacked managing director Michelle Guthrie, who is suing the public broadcaster for unfair dismissal. read


Dispute Mediation Center of Montgomery County named one of 2018’s top nonprofits

Nonprofit Dispute Mediation Center of Montgomery County was named a 2018 Top-Rated Nonprofit by GreatNonprofits, a provider of charity and nonprofit reviews. read


Mediation Can Resolve Disputes Without Litigation

We live in contentious times, including those of us who live in co-ops and condominiums. read


San Rafael considers mandatory mediation, just-cause eviction ordinances

Under mounting pressure from housing advocates, San Rafael could soon increase renter protections by imposing just-cause eviction and mandatory mediation laws, joining the county of Marin. read


Federal judge orders mediation in BISD lawsuit

A federal judge in McAllen ordered mediation between a state district judge and the Brownsville Independent School District in a lawsuit the judge filed on behalf of her children against the school district. read


Airport taxis toward mediation

Lewiston City Council directs city manager to narrow county’s concerns read

January 2019

Nashville school board urgently needs a mediator to heal divisions and create unity

Currently, the school board is a hotbed of discord. Raw emotions, hurt feelings, misunderstandings, and false attributions of nefarious motives are the result. With this level of discord, how can this board ever reach consensus on the ever-fraught issue of funding? read


Viewpoint: Mediation Could Help Us Avoid Another Shutdown

It is way past time to try a mediated approach with a credible trusted third party exploring new options, accommodating the true interests of the parties and the country. read


An opportunity for ‘creative solutions’

Pilot mediation programs begin in Virginia’s appellate courts read


Las Vegas Massacre civil suit heads toward mediation

Unexpectedly, the lawyers for MGM have agreed to mediation. ‘They will come to the table with our team of lead attorneys and sit down with us and two mediators for a total of 12 days,’ according to plaintiff’s lawyer Catherine Lombardo. read


India: NLUJ Deal Mediation Competition 2019

The First NLUJ Deal Mediation Competition, 2019 will be hosted and organized by National Law University, Jodhpur from March 8 to 10, 2019. read


AU: Taking Online Dispute Resolution - ODR - into the business world

Whilst interest in ODR has grown significantly over the past decade, the growth of its development and use by industry has not been as swift as some may have predicted. read


Canada - Avoiding real estate litigation

Regina lawyer Rodger Linka became increasingly disillusioned about the litigation process. In a transition period after practising law for 40 years, he took a serious look at the alternative dispute resolution process, recently becoming a mediator. read


India - NLUJ To Hold First NLUJ Deal Mediation Competition 2019 From Mar 8 to 10

The Alternative Dispute Resolution Cell, National Law University, Jodhpur, is organizing 'The First NLUJ Deal Mediation Competition, 2019'. read


India: Government forms GST appellate tribunal for dispute resolution

MUMBAI: The cabinet on Wednesday approved creation of national bench of Goods and Services Tax Appellate Tribunal, a quasi-judicial body that will mediate in indirect tax disputes between states and centre. read


District 181 Recommends Mediation With Village Over Parking Deck

The two-level parking deck was originally going to be a single street-level parking lot for HMS staff and visitors. read


Consider mediation for evictions

Mediation buys some time for the tenants to clear up their housing debts, and it gives landlords a much easier way to collect monies they are owed than by trying to collect on judgments. read


Ex-U of L player Luke Hancock meets with NCAA attorneys in mediation

NCAA attorneys met with ex-Louisville basketball player Luke Hancock and others in a mediation session Monday to discuss a lawsuit over the Cards' 2013 title, but the meeting does not guarantee a resolution. read


How to fight age discrimination in the workplace

Seniors in the workplace may have to deal with age discrimination from younger co-workers. Jim Miller breaks down what seniors can do to fight age discrimination in this week's Savvy Senior. read


Avoiding real estate litigation

The use of ADR in real estate disputes has been gaining steam. Regina lawyer Rodger Linka became increasingly disillusioned about the litigation process. In a transition period after practising law for 40 years, he took a serious look at the alternative dispute resolution process, recently becoming a mediator. read


Belmont land deal lawsuit goes to mediation

A federal lawsuit over a 2017 deal to buy land for the new Belmont Middle School went to mediation last week but no settlement was reached. read


PBGC makes mediation program permanent, including fiduciary breach cases

A pilot PBGC mediation program was made permanent and expanded to include fiduciary breach cases, the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp. said Thursday. read


Judge orders mediation in Bergen Catholic wrestling case

A Bergen County judge on Friday ordered both sides to enter into closed-door negotiations to resolve the contentious case of a wrestler who has accused his coach at Bergen Catholic High School of sex abuse. read


Mediation mindset can resolve conflicts, government or personal

“The shift” is often imperceptible in mediation. What starts out as a heated and contentious business negotiation suddenly turns to a rational exchange with voices even and tempers cooled. read


The hitchhiker’s guide to mediation

Dispute resolution through mediation can avoid the uncertainty, cost and rancour of court proceedings. read


After Prince Philip’s car crash, one local charity says mediation is the answer

The debate as to when individuals should end their driving careers was highlighted again following the road traffic crash that involved Prince Philip, on 17th January near to the Sandringham Estate in Norfolk. read


Mediator to handle Oregon Legislature civil rights complaint

The Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries says it will pursue mediation over a civil rights complaint against the state Legislature, whose leaders were accused of allowing harassment to persist. read


'History in the making' as women who made racist posts face Indigenous mediation circle

Women were charged last summer after Facebook posts about 'shoot a Indian day' and '24 hour purge' read


ODRways, NUJS Kolkata Hold 2nd Indian Mediation Week

The 2nd edition of the Indian Mediation Week (IMW) was organised in the form of business mediation summits between the 10th and the 15th of December across four cities—Kolkata, Chennai, Mumbai and Delhi. The program was organized by ODRways, in collaboration with National University of Juridical Science, Kolkata (NUJS) read


Special mediator seeks to deliver justice in church sex abuse cases

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) - Cases of alleged sexual abuse by priests in the Rochester area went into a special series of hearings this week before a retired state Supreme Court judge. read


'It's Not Impossible': Mediator George Mitchell On Shutdown Solutions

Former senator, former Senate majority leader and former Northern Ireland special peace envoy George Mitchell knows what it’s like to deal with intractable conflicts, where the parties are dug in and sworn to fight until victory. So who better to listen to today than he? read


Commentary by a professional mediator: Here's how to end the shutdown

Take it from a professional mediator: Both the president and Congress have engaged in bad bargaining practices. read


Hospital bill mediation requests spike in Texas

Texans are increasingly taking advantage of the state's billing mediation program as they face unexpected out-of-pocket medical costs. read


Federal court to pursue mediation in Richard Strauss sex abuse lawsuits

A federal court intends to mediate two pending cases against Ohio State University over its handling of abuse allegations against the late Dr. Richard Strauss. read


India: Mediation boon for judiciary, it’s not against lawyers

Explaining on the mediation process, the CJ said, it was not against the lawyers and that litigants were very much in favor of mediation and ADR. read