Mediation News
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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Court May Compel Mediation of California Trust Disputes

Trust and estate litigators, and mediators, are buzzing over a recent decision from the California Court of Appeal that validates mandatory mediation of trust disputes.

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2/09

Showdown over return to classrooms in Philly to be resolved by mediator

Philadelphia’s teachers union says school buildings aren’t safe for occupancy, setting the stage for a showdown ahead of a scheduled return to classrooms for some staffers Monday.

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Rebuilding communication after separation

Once parents have moved beyond the realms of court proceedings, it is important to consider how they can develop healthy channels of communication for the benefit of the child(ren) involved and to support healthy coparenting.

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ICC Mediation Week 2021 goes digital

ICC’s largest educational event of the year, ICC Mediation Week, has begun and is going digital for the first time in its 16-year history. More than 400 students, ADR professionals, academics and volunteers from almost 40 countries will convene via a custom-built platform, to participate in the annual event, making it the most diverse edition to date.

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The EEOC Abruptly Concludes ACT Mediation Pilot But Keeps Some Of The Popular Changes

The EEOC plans to retain some of the practices that it found useful during the pilot program, including the use of video technology to hold virtual mediations whenever possible.

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N.H. courts launch mediation pilot program for eviction cases

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

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2/02

The Honorable Daniel Weinstein Joins Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution as Distinguished Mediator in Residence

The Honorable Daniel Weinstein (Ret.) has been named distinguished mediator in residence at the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at the Caruso School of Law. With decades of experience and groundbreaking practice in the field of mediation, he will co-teach courses alongside Sukhsimranjit Singh, the Judge Danny Weinstein Managing Director at the institute.

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Grand Mosque Mediation and Moderation Academy inaugurated

MAKKAH: The Grand Mosque’s Mediation and Moderation Academy was inaugurated on Wednesday. The academy seeks to reject and fight extremist and extraneous thoughts that have nothing to do with Islam, promote mediation and moderation in all aspects of life, and ensure proper behavior based on the Qur’an and the Sunnah, the traditions and practices of Prophet Muhammad.

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Want to settle dispute through mediation: Munde, woman to HC

Mumbai, Jan 29 (PTI) Maharashtra Minister for Social Justice Dhananjay Munde and a woman, with whom he was in a relationship earlier and has two children, informed Bombay High Court that they have decided to settle their disputes before a mediator.

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Iveagh Market dispute may be dealt with through mediation

A dispute over the ownership of Dublin's Iveagh Market building may be dealt with through mediation, the Commercial Court has heard.

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Coleen Rooney and Rebekah Vardy will go head-to-head in Zoom mediation hearing on Wednesday to try and avoid High Court showdown

The warring WAGs will participate in a remote mediation in an attempt to settle their dispute as a deadline looms for them to find an agreement out of court

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Op Ed: Community Resources for Dealing with Disputes

In the wake of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend, I can’t think of a better time to evaluate how much of a part I play in the peaceful resolution of conflict or think of a better way to evaluate Dr. King’s legacy of nonviolence, than to discuss mediation.

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Will Mediation And Private Judges End The Uncivility Of In-Court Family Law Litigation Post COVID?

Private mediation has increased many fold since March 2020. Mediation may well be perfectly suited to the new reality we find ourselves in.

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The EEOC Abruptly Concludes ACT Mediation Pilot But Keeps Some Of The Popular Changes

After the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently announced that it had extended its ACT Mediation pilot program, the EEOC reversed course yesterday and abruptly concluded pilot programs relating to the EEOC’s conciliation and mediation efforts.

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Huawei agreeing to ‘mediation’ with Verizon a positive gesture?

Chinese telecom giant Huawei Technologies has reportedly agreed to “private mediation” in one of the two lawsuits it brought against US carrier Verizon over patent royalties, in what could be a positive development in the Chinese firm’s troubled standing in the US.

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Don't Let Lies Infiltrate The Mediation Process

With the rise in mediation comes the increased risk that participants will engage in dishonest behavior to obtain a favorable resolution. The latitude to craft a narrative without meaningful checks on the truth creates opportunities for lies to infiltrate the mediation process.

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January 2021
1/26

Divorce cases scar children, prompt calls for mediation

Witnessing parental fights over upkeep, custody and access traumatizes children.

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Eamon Harrington: The rise in mediation and remote mediations during Covid-19 restrictions

The appetite for mediation in Ireland has not been affected by the lockdowns but, instead, has given rise to a different way of resolving disputes by use of remote mediation. Video platforms are the way most remote mediations now proceed, but they are not the only means.

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Annoy the Mediator at Your Own Risk: Negotiation Tactics and Missteps to Avoid

Rule number one in any mediation? Don’t tick off the mediator.

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More Dayton residents have conflict during COVID-19. Mediation comes to the rescue.

Disagreements and disputes have ratcheted up during the coronavirus crisis as Dayton community members have dealt with stressful and unprecedented work-life changes, home confinement and economic and social pressures.

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1/19

Catholic Charities Hawaii launch $6M rent relief program

Catholic Charities Hawaii announced the launch of a rent relief program for people affected by the pandemic, which will be conducted with state assistance. The Rent Assistance and Mediation Program administered by the social service organization has begun accepting applications.

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Conflicts over noise in apartments on the rise amid pandemic

For language tutor Lee Yoon-ji, 30, working from home in Seoul ? because classes have been moved online due to the COVID-19 pandemic ? has been a nightmare over the past several months. Lee's lessons frequently get disturbed by loud noises coming from her upstairs neighbors ? a family of four with two young children and a dog.

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ICC celebrates record year for arbitration and mediation caseloads

Records fall as Paris body hails 9% increase in arbitration cases while its ADR centre registers its 400th case

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Mediation - speak freely, listen, understand, then problem solve

Family Mediation Family mediation is a voluntary confidential form of alternative dispute resolution. A mediator is a neutral and impartial third party who helps the separating couple reach a negotiated solution to their family problems such as the arrangements for children, finances, property, pensions and capital.

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1/12

Legal Problems between Business Partners Can be Resolved with Mediation Tools in Costa Rica

It is important that Tico companies have a shareholders agreement, real statutes and good advice to understand how to apply corporate governance

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Court urges family to make efforts to mediate in dispute over hotel business
A High Court judge has urged that further efforts be made to mediate a dispute between family members over the running of a company that owns hotels in Dublin and Galway employing 180 people. read more

 

EEOC Announces Extension of Act Mediation Pilot

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), today announced that it was extending the pilot program that expanded opportunities to voluntarily resolve charges through mediation through Sept. 30, 2021.

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Why we need more women mediators

Nevertheless, there is also a deeper meaning to mediation. It is to reveal how conflict and peace share a similar human face: fear, anger, hope and social belonging.

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Changes to the California Family Rights Act and Small Employer Family Leave Mediation

California Governor Newsom signed Senate Bill 1383 (SB 1383) which greatly expanded the California Family Rights Act (CFRA). Some of the notable changes include: Expanded Definition of Family Members – The list of family members is expanded to include siblings, grandparents, grandchildren, and domestic partners. Additionally, the definition of “child” now covers all adult children as well as children of a domestic partner.

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Clear Space, theater complex opponents enter into mediation

With new public hearings scheduled, former AG Gebelein agrees to help groups reach consensus

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Moving America forward: lessons from the mediation table

As a mediator, I have helped thousands of people, some of them diametrically opposed, find compromise. Along the way, I’ve learned valuable lessons that can be applied on a larger scale to help our nation find a way forward.

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1/05

Spinney completes earthwork; mediation yields planned settlement

Jeff Spinney will lay no mat over the fresh layer of washed stone he applied to his boat ramp on the Sheepscot River, according to Spinney and his proposed deal with Alna.

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Study examines decline in civil and criminal jury trials and how to bring them back

While judges and lawyers view jury trials as slower, less predictable and less cost-effective than other forms of case resolution, they also view them as fair and prefer them over alternatives, according to a national study released in December by the ABA Commission on the American Jury.

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Hopedale to enter into talks with railroad over disputed land

Hopedale officials will begin mediation talks next month with the local railroad, in an attempt to peacefully end a lawsuit over about 150 acres of disputed property off West Street.

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The Key to a Happier Divorce
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M.V. Mediation program takes on evictions

The Martha’s Vineyard Mediation Program (MVMP) is now part of the statewide Eviction Diversion Initiative (EDI). The EDI is an array of programs that help landlords and tenants affected by the pandemic.

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December 2020
12/29

The (Zoom) room where it happens

March 2020. At first, I thought — we all thought — mediations will have to be put on hold until we can do them “in person.” It quickly became apparent that doing anything in person would involve risk and adhering to stringent protocols. The courts were on hold, and if the practice of law were to continue, the litigation world could not remain on hold too. We couldn’t wait around for everything to get back to “normal” in the courts.

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