Shepherding Insurers Through The Mediation Process

While insurance lawsuits involving claims directly between an insurance company and its policyholder make up a relatively small percentage of our courts dockets, cases triggering liability insurance from automobile accidents to securities class actions constitute a very large percentage of all cases before our courts.

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Seeking “Justice”

Plaintiffs file lawsuits seeking “justice”. Defendants respond, stating they are seeking “justice” as well. Both come to mediation, seeking “justice”.  When I am told this, that each side wants “justice”, I am not sure how to respond because I do not know exactly what that word means.

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Apple, Flowers Foods, Aereo, Solazyme: Intellectual Property

The battle over licensing between Apple Inc. and Ericsson AB is escalating: “Ericsson, a pioneer in mobile phones that transformed itself into the world’s largest maker of wireless networks, said last Friday that it’s filing seven new lawsuits in an American court and is asking the U.S. International Trade Commission to block Apple products from the U.S. market.”

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So Much for Modern Technology!

The First Appellate District of the California Court of Appeal published, then depublished (California Rule of Court 8.1105), then certified for publication a decision holding that a printed name and address at the end of an e-mail allegedly confirming the terms of a settlement do NOT constitute an enforceable settlement agreement.

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Portland City Attorneys Seek Mediation

Portland city attorneys, the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the Portland Police Association will participate in a phone conference with the 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals mediator to determine if the city’s concerns can be resolved with out a full appeal of the federal judge’ s order regarding his continued oversight of federally mandated police reforms.

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