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Arbitration Agreements: Make Your Own Rules of Civil Procedure

Generally, a party in litigation is constrained to follow the applicable State or Federal Rules of Civil Procedure as they navigate through each stage of the case. One of the perks of arbitration (in addition to the commonly...more

Part One: Ten Tips to a Successful Mediation: From the Mediator’s Perspective

In the last 20 years, in addition to my litigation practice, I have mediated over 2,000 employment cases. Having mediated this many cases, it is no surprise I have seen the good, the bad and the ugly in mediations. The...more

Getting to “Yes”!

In their book, “Getting to YES, Negotiating Agreement without Giving In,” Roger Fisher and William Ury discuss alternatives to positional negotiating. It is a must read for all mediators and a strongly suggested read for any...more

Diversity Matters

A casual look around the room at any major mediation conference will quickly confirm that women and minorities are still significantly under represented. It may be a long slow journey to create more representative panels...more

Seventh Circuit Reinforces the Importance of Memorializing Agreements in Mediation

Put it in writing. How many times have those four words been uttered in the course of commerce? Many more than we care to count, to be sure. For the fact remains that the act of putting pen to paper, ribbon to...more

Early Mediation of Insurance Coverage Disputes

Mediation of insurance coverage disputes prior to the filing of a lawsuit is becoming more common. In part, this trend is the result of ADR provisions in insurance policies that require that the policyholder and insurer...more

Bankruptcy and Creditors' Rights News: Distressed Assets in Connecticut: What to Know Before Jumping In

There are many benefits for out of state lenders or investors looking to engage in business in Connecticut, one of the wealthiest (per capita) states in the United States of America. For example, Connecticut has relatively...more

Truths and Myths About Divorce Mediation

When clients visit my office for an initial consultation about their impending divorce, they invariably ask about the benefits and pitfalls of mediation. Over the last several years, the use of alternate dispute resolution...more

Beware the midnight clause: Hold the champagne?

Is it time to celebrate? - It’s midnight. The champagne is on ice. It was a tough negotiation but your attorney got all the key terms you wanted. With a few finishing touches on the contract, the deal will be done...more

Nevada Supreme Court Holds That Failure to Comply With Contract’s Mediation Provision Bars a Suit on the Contract

In MB America, Inc., v. Alaska Pacific Leasing Company, 132 Nev. Adv. Op. 8 (February 4, 2016), the Nevada Supreme Court was presented with an appeal from an order granting a summary judgment in the defendant’s favor because...more

For Whom the Bell Tolls - Only a Complete Litigation Stay Extends the Five Year Rule For Bringing a Case to Trial

On February 25, 2016 the Supreme Court of California in Gaines v. Fidelity National Title Insurance Company, et al. (Court of Appeal B244961, Superior Court Case BC361768), affirmed the lower courts’ holdings that a partial...more

Reforms to European Union Trade Mark Law

The European Union recently adopted new legislation introducing miscellaneous reforms to EU trade mark law. The reforms are numerous and include the adoption of a new designation for the Community trade mark itself and...more

Major Changes to the Commercial Division Rules and What They Mean for New York Litigants

For a long time, practice in New York’s Commercial Division was a double-edged sword. Stacked with the state’s most sophisticated judges, a tilt towards aggressive case management practices, and an inclination towards...more

Fees & FINRA

Following are two interesting and recent federal court rulings related to arbitration. Award of Attorney’s Fees Associated with Motion to Confirm Reversed on Appeal - Zurich American Insurance (as subrogee of Vinmar...more

Mediation: New Obligations for France-based Traders

Since entry into force on 1 January 2016 of the French provisions transposing the 2013 EU directive regulating mediation of consumer disputes (Directive 2013/11/EU of 21 May 2013 on alternative dispute resolution for consumer...more

Resolving UK construction disputes

Our construction disputes briefing highlights litigation, arbitration and ADR developments and is aimed at in-house lawyers in the construction industry. For more information on any of the topics below, please contact one of...more

A Failure To Mediate Results In A Failure To Litigate

Mediation is often viewed as less costly alternative to litigation. Therefore, it is not unusual for parties to include a mediation provision in their contracts, such as the following...more

Make the Most of your Mediation: The Employment Case

Mediating employment disputes before legal action is filed gives parties an opportunity to settle their differences before incurring impressive attorney’s fees and expending valuable effort. Yet, it’s no easy thing to settle...more

Don’t Let Coverage Issue Delay Settlement

There are a number of steps in-house counsel can take to increase the likelihood of mediation while working with outside counsel on cases defended by carriers. Some mediations directly involve insurance, such as those...more

Warning – a party who refused to accept an offer to mediate is penalised with indemnity costs for the entire proceedings!

In another clinical negligence action, the NHS Litigation Authority (NHSLA) has once more been ordered to pay indemnity costs on detailed assessment proceedings after rejecting a claimant’s offer to mediate....more

Online Dispute Resolution – European Commission publishes its link to the “ODR” Platform

ODR – a recap - ODR is a form of dispute resolution which uses technology to facilitate the resolution of disputes by using techniques such as e-negotiation and e-mediation....more

Achieving Workable – and Just – ADR Results in Family Law

Mediation, the ADR vehicle most commonly used in family law cases, frequently results in a final settlement – but often only after a marathon session dealing with the many important issues in the lives of family members....more

To Litigate or not to Litigate: Practical Considerations for Every Business

It should come as no surprise that business is booming in Silicon Valley, although with the growing number of businesses comes increased potential for conflict and litigation. Know that litigation is serious business. ...more

Uber, DirecTV and Beyond

Much of corporate America is determined to require consumers and employees to arbitrate disputes, including waiving their right to participate in class action lawsuits. ...more

[Webinar] Preparing for Mediation: As Important as Preparing for Trial - Jan. 28, 4:00-5:00pm EST

Everyone knows how important it is to prepare for trial; however most “big cases” don’t go to trial, they go to mediation, and choosing the right mediator is just as important as choosing the right trial attorney. This...more

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