The New Mexico Supreme Court declared the week of Oct. 11 as Mediation Week: “Mediation is a cooperative process in which a neutral person — a retired judge, a lawyer or anyone else trained as a mediator — helps the parties reach their own voluntary agreement.”
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.
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.
The owners of the Binghamton Mets and the group suing the team are headed to mediation to try and resolve the dispute: “the parties believe that the outstanding issues could be resolved, or significantly narrowed, through a mediation.”
“A second class-action lawsuit alleging the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles overcharged Hoosier motorists millions of dollars is headed toward mediation.”
When I heard that Lord Jackson himself would elaborate on his reforms at Middle Temple, I was immediately intrigued and curious to learn more about how his revolutionary reforms have been embedded.
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.”
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.
“Two class-action lawsuits accusing Templeton Rye of consumer fraud are on hold for mediation, a sign that the embattled Iowa whiskey-maker could be looking to settle before trial.”
Each year, I find it interesting to look through the new laws enacted by the California legislature to see if my tax dollars were well spent. Once again, the legislature was “hard at work.”
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.
“After miners filed federal lawsuits against Jim Justice-owned coal mines located in Wise County, Va., a preliminary settlement has now been reached in one of those cases.”