Starting With the Small Stuff

In my early training to be a mediator, the trainer often suggested that to help the parties reach an agreement on the really big issues, start with the small ones. Discuss the easy issues first and obtain agreement on those. This will build momentum and a sense that resolution is [Read More]

By |June 21st, 2019|News articles|

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 [Read More]

By |January 30th, 2015|Court Cases|

Binding Mediation

Late last month, the Court of Appeal for the Fourth Appellate District in California took up the issue of "binding mediation." Unlike an earlier case on the same topic that it took up in 2006 (Lindsay v. Lewandowski (2006) 43 Cal. Rptr. 3d. 846, 139 Cal. App. 4th 1618), this [Read More]

By |June 15th, 2012|Court Cases|
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