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What are the common stages of the mediation process?

No two legal disputes are exactly alike. Each has its own nuances. Because of that, there is no way to predict the outcome of a case. Bringing matters to court is the traditional means by which individuals at loggerheads would seek resolution. However, in recent years, alternative dispute resolution has often proven useful and more cost effective.

Looking at the statutory exceptions to mediation privilege in Pennsylvania

Previously, we began looking at the topic of confidentiality and privilege in the context of mediation. As we noted, the general rule is that all mediation communications are both confidential between the parties involved and privileged, meaning that their disclosure may not be compelled in litigation or other processes.

Pennsylvania class action raises issue of confidentiality, privilege in mediation

Pennsylvania readers may remember the so-called “kids for cash” scandal, which involved judicial kickbacks in the Luzerne County Court of Common Pleas. Between 2000 and 2007, two judges had been accepting bribes from Robert Mericle, the builder of two youth centers, in exchange for contracts with the centers and for making decisions aimed at increasing residents at the facilities. Apparently, the judges took over $2.8 million.

Jackson couple’s court-ordered divorce mediation attempt fails

Readers may have heard of the ongoing troubles between Jesse Jackson Jr. and his wife Sandi Jackson. In 2013, both Jackson and his ex-wife pleaded guilty to charges of fraud and conspiracy for using campaign money on personal expenses, and both subsequently spent time in prison on the convictions. Following the prison sentences, Jesse Jackson Jr. filed for divorce.

What is “baseball arbitration” and how can it be used effectively to resolve disputes? P.2

In our last post, we began looking at a proposed bill that would require health care providers and health insurers to proceed to arbitration when they cannot agree on who is responsible for paying health care costs that exceed a patient’s in-network costs. As we noted, the specific form of arbitration in which the parties would participate is commonly known as “baseball arbitration.” It is also called either/or or final-offer arbitration. This form of arbitration is commonly used to resolve commercial disputes.

What is “baseball arbitration” and how can it be used effectively to resolve disputes?

Medical bills can be burdensome to deal with, particularly when they come unexpectedly. One of the ways patients can be surprised by medical bills is when they end up receiving a service from a provider or facility that is outside their network. This can happen even to patients who are careful about selecting health care within their network.

Class arbitration in oil, gas lease disputes at issue in federal case in PA, P.2

Previously, we began looking at a federal case in Pennsylvania involving the issue of class arbitrability, or the ability to pursue class arbitration of a dispute. The case we’ve been looking at involves an oil and gas lease dispute, and we mentioned that the federal court ruled that the contractual language did not allow for class arbitration, but require bilateral or individual arbitration.

Class arbitration in oil, gas lease disputes at issue in federal case in PA

Arbitration can be a useful tool for resolving disputes in a variety of contexts, but it is important for parties who enter into arbitration agreements to always be thorough and clear in addressing matters that could be disputed down the road. One such issue is the arbitrability of class action cases.

Using alternative dispute resolution to resolve commercial disputes, P.2

Previously, we began looking at the use of mediation to resolve commercial disputes, and some of the benefits this process may present for businesses. These benefits include cost savings, greater control over the process, and privacy. An alternative to the use of mediation is arbitration.

Using alternative dispute resolution to resolve commercial disputes, P.1

Commercial transactions, to be successful, must be properly coordinated with a clear understanding between parties of their mutual obligations and rights. When the other party’s duties aren’t fulfilled, quickly addressing the matter is important in order to avoid the financial, reputational, and existential threats to the business that can result.

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