In an informal survey of mediators, I have found that our collective experience is universal –the initial demand is extraordinarily high, bears no relationship whatsoever to the verdict potential of the case and is usually counterproductive to the mediation process. Since the initial demand is usually made only after lengthy discussion of the strengths and weaknesses of the case and the range of recoverable damages, it is even more perplexing that it bears no relationship to the recoverable damages in the case.
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