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Protecting Confidentiality of Patent Infringement Settlements: Is Mediation Necessary?

Parties regularly opt to keep terms, conditions and licensing agreements confidential when settling patent infringement disputes. Often, patentees do not want the license terms to serve as precedent in other assertions of the…more

Confidentiality, License Agreements, Mediation, Patent Infringement, Patent Litigation

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Diversity in Mediation

Mediation, as a form of dispute resolution, relies heavily on the mediator’s ability to recognize, comprehend and address the emotions and social cues of the parties involved. Without this understanding, there lies the potential…more

Diversity, Mediation

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The Duty to Preserve Electronically Stored Information

As soon as a party is served with a summons and complaint and sometimes sooner, there arises a duty to preserve evidence, including electronically stored information (ESI). This duty requires both counsel and clients to comply…more

Discovery, Electronically Stored Information, Litigation Hold, Spoliation

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The Key “Moral” from Stories Mediators Tell

The theme of the 2014 Mediation Week was inspired by Stories Mediators Tell, a moving and illuminating collection of stories about the often dramatic facts of mediation life that Editors Eric R. Galton and Leila P. Love coaxed…more

American Bar Association, Mediation, Professional Conferences

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The Evolution of International Commercial Dispute Resolution: From One Size Fits All to Bespoke Suit

Several years ago, I was giving a talk in Parma, Italy, on international commercial dispute resolution and the dramatic changes the field had undergone in the past century. Looking around the room, I noticed that everyone was…more

Chamber of Commerce, Dispute Resolution, EU, ICC, International Trade Disputes

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JAMS Global Construction Solutions Newsletter, Winter 2014

In This Issue: The Evolution of Expert Witness Law under U.K. and U.S. Jurisdiction; ConsensusDocs Lists JAMS as One of Two Named Arbitration Providers; Using Attorneys’ Fees to Promote a Better Result; Using Affidavits…more

Affidavits, Arbitration, Attorney's Fees, Construction Disputes, Expert Witness

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Parenting Plan Mediation Helps Kids

Discussion about parenting plan mediation generally focuses on the people at the table – the parents. Those parents who reach agreement express satisfaction. They save time and money by avoiding further action in court. They…more

Divorce, Mediation, Parenting Plans

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Reimagining Arbitration

The rapid growth of commercial arbitration has not been without drawbacks. As counsel have become more sophisticated in dispute process design, arbitrations now often incorporate many elements of a court trial. Litigation…more

Arbitration, Arbitration Agreements, Commercial Arbitration

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JAMS Dispute Resolution Alert, Winter 2014

In This Issue: - In Depth: Engaging Neutrals for Mock Exercises Provides Invaluable Insight - ADR Conversations: More Energy, More Deals, More Disputes Domestic Focus: Mandatory Mediation Programs Successful in…more

China, Litigation Strategies, Mediation

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Florida statute provides confidentiality in disputes involving wills and trusts

Which American president was the first to incorporate arbitration as a dispute resolution method in his will? Every lawyer swears an oath to maintain the secrets of clients. This is the client’s guarantee that when he or…more

Attorney-Client Privilege, Confidentiality, Estate Planning, Wills

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Three Lessons about ADR

Having recently completed a manual about the ADR process, there are three features of mediation that jump out at me as noteworthy, but are often overlooked by the practitioner. First are the multiple opportunities for the alert…more

Arbitration, Mediation

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New JAMS Arbitration Rules Offer Emergency Relief Procedures

Parties choose arbitration because it provides for a controlled process. Within that process, there is one relatively rare situation when a party requires immediate relief to get a certain aspect of the case resolved quickly and…more

Arbitration, Arbitrators, Emergency Rule, JAMS, New Regulations

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Mediation Tips For Trial Lawyers & Their Clients

Reprinted with the permission of Law Bulletin Publishing Company on January 6, 2013. In recent years, the legal profession has felt pressure to hold down legal costs and to find expeditious, cost effective methods of…more

Mediation

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The Impact of Competition Law in the Mediation of Patent Disputes

Patent disputes lend themselves well to alternative dispute resolution (ADR) methods, particularly mediation.1 Mediation provides a timely and cost-effective opportunity for parties to explore and adopt creative solutions for…more

Canada, Competition Act, Mediation, Patent Litigation, Patents

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Make the Most of Your Mediation: Effective Negotiations

Wouldn’t it be great if at your next mediation your client left satisfied, you felt valued and the case settled at its best number? Here are five tools lawyers can use to set up such an outcome: 1. Bring everything you…more

Mediation, Negotiations

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Complex Civil Appeals: Making the Case for Settlement

More than 90 percent of civil cases are settled without trail. By contrast, most civil appeals are briefed, argued and decided by the court. In complex cases in which large amounts of money are at stake, settlements pending an…more

Appeals, Complex Litigation, Litigation Strategies, Settlement

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Mediation of Insurance Coverage Cases

Resolving insurance coverage disputes through mediation requires careful assessment of three unique elements: the insurance policy, the rules applicable to the application of the policy and the cases construing the policy…more

Denial of Benefits, Mediation

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Intern Class Actions on the Rise

The rise in unpaid internships has led to an equally significant uptick in litigation brought by interns demanding compensation for performing the same work as paid employees. And the interns are winning…more

Class Action, Employee Rights, Employer Liability Issues, Internships, Just Compensation

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Mediating in a Changing Landscape: Whistleblower and Retaliation Claims

Whistleblower and retaliation claims are on the rise. Retaliation claims now comprise 41% of the more than 93,000 discrimination charges filed in 2013, according to a February report from the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity…more

Discrimination, EEOC, Mediation, Retaliation, Whistleblowers

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Construction Defect Disputes and the Abandoned Policyholder: Getting the Carrier to the Table

There is much that can go wrong in any large construction project: improper installations, defective products, errors and omissions made by designers, unexpected site conditions—the list is long. Insurance coverage or a…more

Builder's Risk Exclusion, Construction Defects, Construction Disputes, Construction Workers, Contractors

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An Employee is an Employee is an Employee: Alexander v. FedEx Ground

In the 1920s, author Gertrude Stein famously said, “A rose is a rose is a rose.” In light of Alexander v. FedEx Ground, that phrase could just as well be: an employee is an employee is an employee. Alexander is one of many cases…more

Contractors, Employee Rights, Employer Liability Issues, FedEx, Full-Time Employees

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Employment Mediation Requires a Unique Touch

Although the fact patterns of employment cases vary considerably, there is always a common theme. The plaintiffs believe they have been mistreated by their employers, and the employers almost always deny the factual allegations…more

Employer Liability Issues, Mediation

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Mediation: Stop, Look and Listen

Originally published in THE RECORDER on November 30, 2012. Mediation requires counsel to view the dispute differently than when preparing for trial. Counsel who are preparing for and engaged in mediation use a different…more

Mediation

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JAMS Global Construction Solutions Newsletter, Spring 2014

In This Issue: - Timing Is Everything: Balance Risk And Opportunity To Decide When To Mediate - Critical Issues For Parties To Consider When Selecting An Arbitrator - Obtaining Testimony And Documents From…more

Construction Litigation, Construction Workers, Contractors, Mediation, Subcontractors

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Corruption in The Energy Sector: Criminal Fines, Civil Judgments, And Lost Arbitrations

Synopsis - This article examines the anti-bribery legislation of three countries, the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. The legislation of the three countries is compared and virtually all the criminal…more

Anti-Bribery, Arbitration, Canada, Charitable Donations, Corruption

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Practical Considerations for Post-Trial and Appellate Mediations

THE TRIAL IS OVER. The jury has just returned a verdict either for or against your client. Or maybe the judge has granted a motion for summary judgment. The parties mediated the case before trial without success. An appeal is…more

Appeals, Jury Verdicts, Mediation, Settlement

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Why Mediate Employment Issues?

Considering the ever-increasing costs of litigation and that most employment disputes are either dismissed or settled before ever going to trial, counsel should give serious consideration to early mediation for these matters…more

Mediation

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JAMS Global Construction Solutions -- Spring 2013

In This Issue: An Arbitrator’s Guide to Successfully Resolving eDiscovery Disputes; Ethics in International Arbitration; The 2012 International Arbitration Survey; and Notices & Events. Excerpt from An Arbitrator’s…more

AICPA, Arbitration, CPAs, Discovery, Electronically Stored Information

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Judicial Reference, A Forgotten Tool: To avoid common delays in traditional litigation, parties can rely on referees to resolve some, or all, of the claims

Let’s say you’re a rising star in your firm, and you’re looking for a way to break out of the pack. Your clients are frustrated by the glacial speed with which their case is slogging through the courts. They want your firm to do…more

Judicial Reference

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JAMS Global Construction Solutions Newsletter, Spring 2014

In This Issue: - Timing Is Everything: Balance Risk And Opportunity To Decide When To Mediate - Critical Issues For Parties To Consider When Selecting An Arbitrator - Obtaining Testimony And Documents From…more

Construction Litigation, Construction Workers, Contractors, Mediation, Subcontractors

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The Subcontract Contingent Payment Clause: How Does It Affect The Construction Industry?

Originally published in Florida Bar Journal on February 13, 2013. A contingent payment clause in a subcontract is the clause that provides that the subcontractor assumes the risk of owner nonpayment. Such clauses are…more

Construction Contracts, Construction Liens, Contingent Payment Clauses, Subcontractors, Surety & Fidelity

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Eight Tips on How to Impress Your Arbitrator

While the most successful way to impress your arbitrator is with the merits of your case, there are smaller, but important, ways to create a favorable impression of yourself and your client’s case. Below is one arbitrator’s…more

Arbitration, Arbitrators, Client Services

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How to avoid impasse in settlement negotiations

Mediation is a facilitated negotiation that enables parties to explore settlement in a confidential setting. A successful mediation requires preparation and an understanding of the process so as to avoid impasse, the breakdown…more

Mediation, Negotiations, Settlement

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IP: Mediation’s role in the patent arena -- In-house counsel should consider using mediation early in patent cases for maximum control and effectiveness

Originally published in InsideCounsel on March 5, 2013. The primary advantage of mediation is to avoid the costs and risks of litigation. A secondary advantage of mediation is the ability to tailor the resolution of the…more

America Invents Act, Corporate Counsel, Mediation, Patent Reform, Patents

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Washington State Newsletter - Winter 2014

In This Issue: Discovery Special Masters Can Streamline the Discovery Process and How to Customize Commercial Arbitration. Excerpt from Discovery Special Masters Can Streamline the Discovery Process - The…more

Arbitration, Commercial Arbitration

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Washington State Newsletter - Winter 2014

In This Issue: Discovery Special Masters Can Streamline the Discovery Process and How to Customize Commercial Arbitration. Excerpt from Discovery Special Masters Can Streamline the Discovery Process - The…more

Arbitration, Commercial Arbitration

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An arbitration award may not be the end of the road in patent disputes - Several cases serve as examples to the contrary

When a patent dispute goes to arbitration, there is the possibility that an outside party could try to influence the outcome by going to court. This may come as a surprise, given that Section 294 of the Patent Act specifies that…more

Arbitration, Collateral Estoppel, Infringement, Patents

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JAMS Global Construction Solutions Newsletter, Fall 2014

In This Issue: - Can the cost of international arbitration be controlled? - Sealing the deal: critical Issues in the preparation of mediated settlement agreements - Mediation decision-makers need…more

International Arbitration, JAMS, Mediation, Non-Judicial Settlement Agreements

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Moving from Preparation to Negotiation – How to Cause Failure in Mediation – Part 1

Much has been written advising of various tips to make mediations work. Let’s address ways folks are making sure their mediations fail! Here are a few: Mediating too early: Early stage mediation is a very effective method…more

Client Services, Mediation

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$1B Settlement Reached in Stryker Hip Implant Mass Tort

Thousands of plaintiffs in New Jersey and around the country who had surgery to remove failed hip implants settled their claims November 3 in a deal that is expected to pay out more than $1 billion. It was reached after four…more

Mass Tort Litigation, Medical Devices, Settlement, Stryker Ortho

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Mediator’s proposals: god’s gift to mediation, or a betrayal?

Once upon a time some 35 years ago, mediation was talked about in the United States as a tool to cure dissatisfactions with the civil justice system. The great early teachers and scholars of mediation -- Frank Sanders,…more

Mediation

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Covered or Not: Has Hartford v. Swift Opened a Faster Lane for Intellectual Property and Insurance Mediation?

The California Supreme Court recently issued its longawaited coverage decision in Hartford Casualty Ins. Co. v. Swift Distribution, Inc., 59 Cal. 4th 277 (2014). The Court, applying California state law, upheld the trial court’s…more

Advertising Injury, Commercial General Liability Policies, Disparagement, Duty to Defend, Misleading Statements

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Mediating Complex Cases

Mediating any case can be difficult. But complex litigation, which includes class actions and Multi-District Litigation (MDLs), presents special issues. …more

CAFA, Class Action, Complex Litigation, Mediation, Multi-Party Litigation

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JAMS Global Construction Solutions -- Winter 2013

In This Issue: Using Integrated Project Delivery to Avoid Construction Conflict and Disputes; Admissibility of Nonbinding Written Dispute Board Recommendations; Be an Expert with Experts and Notices & Events. Excerpt…more

Admissibility, Arbitration, Construction Contracts, Global Construction Solutions

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The ADR Provisions of EU Privacy Laws

Companies doing business globally have a variety of complex issues to deal with, not the least of which is concern about the security of personal data collected from their customers. In 1995, the European Union issued…more

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Washington Could Use A Little More Mediation

Most of us were at least slightly frustrated by Washington’s inability to reach agreement over budget and debt limit issues in the past weeks and months. In fact this kind of dysfunction and brinksmanship has become more of a…more

Debt Ceiling, Federal Budget, Mediation, Political Debates

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From Bench to Mediator — Some Observations about the Transition

As the 2014 Mediation Week kicks off, I wanted to share my perspective about transitioning from a judge to a neutral. So far this experience has been incredibly rewarding and very interesting. I thought my clients would enjoy my…more

Dispute Resolution, Mediation

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The Promise and Perils of “Med-Arb”

When disputing parties tire of mediation (because it is too “weak”) or fear arbitration (because it is too “controlling”), they seek an Alternative Dispute Resolution solution that is “just right.” Recently, I’ve heard a number…more

Arbitration, Dispute Resolution, Mediation

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IP, trade secrets and employee mobility - Judges and attorneys discuss top-of-mind issues for Silicon Valley tech employers

Increasingly today, the value of a company is measured not by its physical assets, but by the talents of its employees and the utility of its intellectual property. Because of their knowledge and experience, talented employees…more

Employee Retention, Patents, Restrictive Covenants, Silicon Valley, Startups

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Judicial Reference, A Forgotten Tool: To avoid common delays in traditional litigation, parties can rely on referees to resolve some, or all, of the claims

Let’s say you’re a rising star in your firm, and you’re looking for a way to break out of the pack. Your clients are frustrated by the glacial speed with which their case is slogging through the courts. They want your firm to do…more

Judicial Reference

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Allocation Methodology

This article will focus on the due process aspect of allocation methodologies in mass tort class actions and multidistrict litigations. This typically involves the substantive right to allocation and procedurally how the process…more

Allocation of Funds, Class Action, Mass Tort Litigation, Settlement

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