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Butler Pappas Commentary: This Mediation Is Confidential, Right?

By Kimberly N. Gorak and Anita Devi P. Misir [Editor's Note: Kimberly N. Gorak is a senior associate and Anita Devi P. Misir is an associate with the law firm of Butler Pappas Weihmuller Katz Craig LLP, which has offices in Tampa, Chicago, Philadelphia, Charlotte, Mobile, Tallahassee, and Miami...

Construction Contracts, Mediation and Venue

I have preached the mantra of “ read your contracts carefully ” on numerous occasions here at Construction Law Musings. I have also discussed my thoughts on ADR and mandatory mediation . A recent case out of the Eastern District of Virginia mixes these two ideas quite nicely. Dominion...

William A. Ruskin: The Success Of The SDNY Mediation Program

By William A. Ruskin The Mediation Program of the SDNY provides litigants in commercial litigation with an opportunity, generally early in their litigation, to resolve their disputes without going through the expense of full-blown discovery and the uncertainty of trial. As reflected in the Mediation...

Resolve to Mediate Your Construction Disputes in 2014

After a quick detour to discuss Kevin Underhill’s great book, we’re back to discuss more “serious” topics. Namely, how to move forward relating to your construction disputes in 2014. As anyone that regularly reads Construction Law Musings knows, I am a Virginia Supreme Court...

Alabama: Trial Court’s Judgment Based—in Part—On Employer’s Contempt in Violating Mediation Order Was Erroneous

Where a trial court expressly stated that it was sanctioning the employer by taking the employer’s contempt—the violation of a mediation order—into account when making the court’s various findings of fact and conclusions of law, instead of imposing an independent fine for such...

Headline: Voluntary Construction Mediation Works

Well, I’m back. After a busy week of meeting with clients, college visits with my daughter and a successful mediation (this time as co-counsel), I am back to what I hope to be a more consistent posting schedule. Luckily for me, my friend Seth Smiley stepped in with a great Guest Post Friday...

Mediation of Multi-Party Maritime Cases

by Robert S. Glenn Jr. A colleague called me a few years ago seeking a referral. He was looking for a mediator with a rather unique set of characteristics. The mediator should be able to speak Portuguese, be familiar with contracts of affreightment (have drafted them, if possible), be familiar with...

Mindful Case Management

By Dennis Cusack We recently litigated and successfully settled an insurance coverage case that offers a model for managing a case thoughtfully. Too often, parties reflexively dive into litigation with its procedural hurdles and delays, unbounded discovery, and often unnecessary motion practice, without...

Judge Says "Over My Dead Body" to Trustee's Mediation Plans

The importance of alternate dispute resolution to resolve cases is enshrined in federal law, 28 U.S.C. § 651(a), and is encouraged by most judges. However, one bankruptcy judge recently told lawyers in a case that they would mediate “over my dead body.” While the court’s ruling...

Why You Should Consider Mediation for your Construction Dispute (Most of the Time)

As any reader of Construction Law Musings is aware, I am a huge fan of mediation as a way to resolve construction disputes. I am such a fan that a few years ago I took the plunge and got certified as a mediator . Why then did I put the caveat in the title of this post? Given my true belief that mediation...

St. Louis County Ordinance Requiring Pre-Foreclosure Mediation Unconstitutional, Missouri Supreme Court Holds

The Missouri Supreme Court recently ruled, [ enhanced version available to lexis.com subscribers ], that a St. Louis County ordinance requiring lenders to mediate with borrowers prior to foreclosure was void ab initio because it was not directed to a matter of purely municipal concern. A state bankers...

To Require Arbitration or Not To Require Arbitration

Many, if not most, construction contracts that I review during the course of my practice day include a mandatory arbitration clause. Most of these refer in a blanket manner to AAA Construction Industry Rules. The topic for this post is not whether such clauses are enforceable or whether they are one...

The Anatomy of a Construction Dispute Stage 3- The Last Straw

Over the past two weeks here at Construction Law Musings, I’ve discussed the first two stages of a typical construction dispute (if such a thing exists): the claim , and how to bring heat short of litigation/arbitration . As promised, this week I’ll be discussing the next step or “last...

Anatomy of a Construction Dispute- An Alternative

Over the past three weeks, I’ve discussed three “stages” of a construction dispute from the claim , to how to increase the pressure for payment, to the litigation . While these three steps are all too often necessary tools in your construction collection arsenal, they are expensive...

Anatomy of a Construction Dispute- A Wrap Up

Over the past four weeks, I’ve “mused” on the “stages” of a construction dispute. What started as a kernel of thought in my mind turned into what has seemed to be a popular set of four posts that I hope were both informative and interesting. Because of the great feedback...

When is Mediation Appropriate for Your Construction Case?

Here at Construction Law Musings, I have often discussed mediation as a good alternative to the expense and headaches of litigation. What I have discussed less often are the circumstances in which it is most appropriate to consider or even push for mediation. The obvious and clearest time that mediation...

More Musings From the Mediation Trenches

As those that read this construction blog on a regular basis know, I became a Virginia Supreme Court certified mediator a few years ago. I did so because I believe that mediation as a form of alternate dispute resolution is in most cases a much better alternative to resolve a construction dispute than...

If You Reach a Settlement at Mediation, and Say the Settlement Will Be the Subject of a Forthcoming Formal Agreement, Do You Have a Binding Deal?

You have most likely walked out of a mediated settlement conference at which the shorthand version of the settlement put to paper by the lawyers and the mediator stated that there would be a later, more detailed agreement. And maybe, the next day, as work began on the "more formal agreement to be...

Energy Future Holdings – Another Major Success for Chapter 11 Mediation?

by Ben Feder Mediation has become an invaluable tool in large chapter 11 cases . Traditionally viewed as a means for resolving discrete disputes between a debtor’s estate and an adversary party, in recent years mediation in certain complex cases has evolved into a multi-party undertaking involving...

Alert: AAA Construction Industry Rules Update

The American Arbitration Association has made some needed updates to their Construction Industry Arbitration and Mediation Rules, effective July 1, 2015. Among the changes listed at their website are: • A mediation step for all cases with claims of $100,000 or more (subject to the ability of...

Mediating is Eye Opening

As anyone that reads this construction law blog on any sort of regular basis knows, I am a big advocate for mediation in most cases (construction or otherwise). I took this truly to heart about four years ago when I decided to go through the training and mentorship to become a certified mediator here...

Important Changes to the AAA Construction Industry Mediation and Arbitration Rules

By W. Alexander Burnett , Partner, Williams Mullen Introduction The American Arbitration Association (“AAA”) is one of the primary providers of alternative dispute resolution, such as mediation and arbitration, in the United States. Many construction contracts call for disputes to be...

Mediation in the Zero Sum World of Construction

Construction is a zero sum game. What do I mean by that? I mean that even where you, a construction professional with a great construction lawyer , have reviewed and edited a subcontract presented to you or provided a well drafted contract to the other party that contains an attorney fees provision ...

A New Mediation Track to Combat Opioid Use by Injured Workers

Massachusetts’ new pilot program aims to break the emphasis on opioids On October 23, 2015, attorneys and judges from Massachusetts, Rhode Island and New Hampshire gathered at Gillette Stadium to discuss a variety of workers’ compensation issues that affect all three states. This is the...