Archive for the ‘construction mediation’ Category

Was A Terror Suspect, Now a Mediator [plus more news]

March 30, 2009

Was a Terror Suspect, Now A Mediator

Pakistan is using ex-terror suspect Hyarbyar Marri as a mediator between the terror outfit which kidnapped UN official John Solecki and the government to get the American citizen released.
Marri, recently acquitted of terrorism charges in the UK, was approached by Pakistan’s Interior Ministry to use his influence with the kidnappers, Dawn reports. Full story [
here]


Mediation and Arbitration Helps in Construction Disputes
When it comes to profitability, a lot can be said for the way a company manages information. That’s been the overall theme of the Construction Specification Institute’s three-part webinar series, “Maintaining Profitability in Your Construction Business,” which concluded this afternoon. Bill Dexter, a risk-management consultant and trainer, Mary Jones, a California attorney specializing in alternate dispute resolution and Marge Mellody, a mediator specializing in real estate-related disputes, continued that focus when they discussed dispute resolutions during today’s session.

Full story [here]


Mediation Fails

For those that think mediations are always resolved successfully:

NEWARK — Mediation has failed in a civil suit between a local contractor, the Board of Education for the Licking County Joint Vocational School District and others, but another avenue to avoid a lengthy trial still might be available.

Attorneys for all sides met with a mediator Friday, but because no settlement was reached, the prospect of a month-long jury trial beginning April 28 looks increasingly likely.
The case will have spent three years on Common Pleas Judge Thomas Marcelain’s docket by then.

Full story [here]

Internet Mediation- Cybersquatting Hits Record

The number of cybersquatting complaints reached a record in 2008, the World Intellectual Property Association reported Monday.
Geneva-based WIPO, which is charged with resolving such disputes, said there were
2,329 complaints filed with the WIPO Administration and Mediation Center last year. That’s an 8 percent increase from the year prior.

And the numbers are likely to skyrocket as the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers is expected to launch new top-domain spaces by year’s end.

Full article [here]


SafeKiwi- Promoting Mediation in New Zealand

“LEADR NZ is pleased to be involved in the new SafeKiwi™ internet-based ‘escrow’ financial service, launched yesterday by Christchurch businessman Mike Pero. An escrow account, like SafeKiwi™, is a legal arrangement in which one party deposits funds under the supervision of a neutral third party, until the terms of an agreement have been met and the funds can be released. SafeKiwi™ (www.safekiwi.co.nz) is marketing the service to companies, corporates, individuals and government departments and, in particular, expects the service to be popular with small businesses and sub-contractors.

SafeKiwi™ will use the Public Trust as its custodian. Carol Powell, chair of LEADR NZ, says she is delighted that SafeKiwi™ is promoting mediation as the first option for resolving disputes that may arise between parties to the service.

Full article [here]

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Mediation & ADR News 03.02.2009

March 2, 2009

Commercial Mediation to Double This Year in Ireland
…The respondents said the key advantages of mediation were cost (saving up to 70 per cent on litigation), speed, control of the process and the preservation of business relationships. The survey found that mediation was most widely used in family businesses and construction disputes, followed by partnership conflicts, property issues and business terminations.
Full article [here]

Political tensions start to subside as mediators step in
is that not a great title to an article? i mean, as a ADR practitioner, don’t you feel required to read such a wonderful statement? The article refers to the political going-ons in the Pakistani Parliament.
“Lahore: Despite tall claims from both sides regarding the election of a new Punjab chief minister, the simmering tension between the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and the Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N) has started to subside as political mediators and foreign diplomats stepped in.”
Full article [here]

Interested In Construction Mediation?
If yes, this might interest you or scare you away:
“The 441-page document is the result of more than three months of mediation between the town and TLT Construction Corp. It was agreed to by all parties, including selectmen and TLT’s bonding firm, last Friday but was released only yesterday after the Times filed a public records request. Although the document is a public record, it contains a clause that does not allow town officials to release it without notifying TLT.”
Full article [here]

Broker Wronged You? You Have Options
Your money is gone. You’re ticked off. You want to sue.Even if your adviser wasn’t Bernard Madoff, you might be wondering what action you can take after watching your savings take a clobbering this past year. You aren’t alone.
Last year, the number of cases filed with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority bolted 54 percent, to 4,982. The non-governmental agency regulates U.S. securities firms, including online brokerages, and handles arbitration with clients.
…Before proceeding to arbitration, you and the other party can seek a settlement through a FINRA-appointed mediator. You and your broker would work out how to split the fees, which can range from $50 to $300 for clients and $150 to $500 for brokers.
Full article [here]
For those interested, FINRA is seeking mediators in various locations throughout the U.S.
Their site is [here]