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California's "New Employee Leave Act" Will Impact Small Businesses

by Stinson Leonard Street on

While parental leave rights under existing California and federal law only applied to employers with 50 or more employees, a new California law extends employee parent leave rights – and corresponding employer obligations –...more

New PBGC-Plan Sponsor Pilot Mediation Project for Early Warning Program and Termination Liability Cases

The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (the “PBGC”) launched a new Pilot Mediation Project to facilitate negotiations with (i) plan sponsors involved in corporate transactions under the purview of the PBGC’s Early Warning...more

How to Be Ready When the EEOC Charges In, Part II: 5 Harassment Prevention Principles to Highlight in a Response

In part one, of this blog series on responding to charges brought by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), I described some situations that pose an increased risk of a systemic harassment investigation by the...more

When to Mediate and Why

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

If a company or person becomes involved in litigation, the parties eventually will either agree to, or be ordered to, participate in mediation. Mediation deserves deliberate and thorough consideration to make the most of an...more

And So It Goes! (October 2017)

by JAMS on

In September I had work in Cleveland, Ohio. I had not been there in a number of years and I was astonished at the positive developments the city has made. It is filled with open spaces, little traffic congestion and winning...more

The Department of Education Issues New Guidance For Title IX Proceedings

On September 22, 2017, the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (the OCR) issued a new Dear Colleague Letter officially withdrawing the April 4, 2011 Dear Colleague Letter on Sexual Violence and the April 29,...more

Reflections on Employment Mediation

by JAMS on

When to Mediate - Early mediation is not a panacea. Some cases require discovery before they are ready for mediation. A major reason why early mediations fail is that the parties have had little chance to discover key...more

Are you including a mediation provision in your real estate contracts?

Businesspeople and their lawyers have long discussed whether to include an arbitration clause in their leases, construction contracts and other real estate agreements. The questions that guide that decision include: Who will...more

Setting the boundaries: a new protocol for resolving disputes

by Hogan Lovells on

When you hear the term “boundary dispute”, you probably imagine the following familiar set of circumstances: - Two parties at loggerheads over a small strip of land. - Entrenched positions holding sway over the...more

Observations On Mediation

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

There is a world of information on the internet. That includes a huge number of websites professing to advise you about divorce. And among the topics often discussed on these sites is mediation. Not a week passes without...more

Health Care Matters, Summer 2017

by JAMS on

The Uses of Arbitration / Judicial Reference in Complex Health Care Litigation - Everyone knows that using a mediator with health care experience is valuable in complex health care matters. But there are many other ways...more

Should You Mediate Your Family-Owned Business Dispute?

by Murtha Cullina on

Disputes between and among owners of family-owned businesses are sometimes unavoidable. When such disputes progress to litigation, they can be extremely costly, time-consuming, and disruptive for the business and its owners....more

Australian Appeal Court Endorses Class Action Closure Process but with Warnings

by Jones Day on

Recently, in Jones v Treasury Wine Estates Limited (No 2) [2017] FCA 296, the Federal Court deviated from past class action practice. Registration was required to facilitate a mediation and group members could only...more

How ADR Can Help Keep Confidential Agreements Confidential

by JAMS on

The problem of access to and maintenance of the secrecy of contracts or contract terms that are “confidential” by agreement is a common one in litigation....more

Avoiding Legal Malpractice Claims Arising From Mediation

by Reminger Co., LPA on

In today’s legal landscape, the settlement of litigation is often reached outside of the courtroom, as parties resort to mediation either by their own volition or due to court mandate. To encourage the use of mediation,...more

Kerrygold Update: A Buttery Settlement

A few months ago I posted about a trademark infringement lawsuit filed by Ornua, seller of Kerrygold® Pure Irish Butter, against Defendants Old World Creamery and Eurogold USA, who briefly sold Irish butter under the mark...more

Mediation 101: A Primer

by JAMS on

The growth in the use of mediation to settle a wide variety of disputes means more and more parties – and their lawyers – are considering this alternative to litigation. As mediation grows in popularity, it might be...more

MEDIATION: Where the Confidentiality Ends

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

There is little room for argument; the information and documents exchanged during mediation are confidential. Rule 8 of the South Carolina Alternative Dispute Resolution Rules provides, in part...more

Three Lessons about ADR

by JAMS on

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

Connecticut State Department of Education Releases Lists of Due Process Hearing Officer and Mediators and New Process for...

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

After an extensive interview and hiring process, the Connecticut State Department of Education (“CSDE”), Bureau of Special Education, released last week the list of new mediators and current due process hearing officers. The...more

Refusing to engage in ADR

by Dentons on

The courts have repeatedly held that a failure to engage in alternative dispute resolution (ADR), and in particular mediation, may constitute unreasonable conduct and therefore risks a costs sanction. A recent Court of Appeal...more

JAMS Boston Newsletter, Summer 2017

by JAMS on

Early Mediation: A Magic Bullet? - More than 90 percent of the cases in Superior Court eventually settle before or during trial. In the majority, counsel are content to let discovery and dispositive motions play out; they...more

Episode 013: Interview with Justice Carolyn E. Demarest (Ret.) on Business Divorce Litigation

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

During her many years as Presiding Justice of the Brooklyn Commercial Division, New York Supreme Court Justice Carolyn E. Demarest (Ret.) decided some of the most important and challenging business divorce matters including...more

Employment Claims Tribunal, Enhanced Tripartite Mediation Come to Singapore

by Morgan Lewis on

Singapore’s employment landscape has recently witnessed a marked shift toward being more employee friendly, making it easier for a wider range of employees to bring employment claims in a low-cost and expeditious manner....more

Making the Most of a Half-Day Employment Mediation

by JAMS on

Parties opt for half-day mediations in employment cases for a variety of reasons. Such mediations are often scheduled in close proximity to hearing dates for summary judgment motions, class certification motions or even...more

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