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New Blog Location

Moving forward the new Mediation Matters blog articles will be posted to my own website.  You will be able to find all of the archived blogs and new blog articles at the following URL: http://www.stevemehta.com/blog Thank you!

Your “Likes” Can Reveal Your Personality

Recently, I have been conducting some research on what items surrounding a person say about that person’s personality and then I was delighted to see a fascinating study on a related issue addressing people’s likes from Facebook.  In essence, the study research what predictive information can be gleened from a person’s “like” of something. The […]

My final offer is a very Precise and Exact number.

Here is a brief article in the Boston Globe regarding making and responding to offers.  Many litigators consider this approach to be a sound negotiating strategy. Now there is some science to support it. “NEXT TIME YOU find yourself in a negotiation, don’t just throw out a round number. In a series of experiments, researchers from […]

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August 12, 2013 Meeting on Deception

Started by Bob Tessier Jul 30, 2013.

LA Mediators has some fireworks of their own coming up! Message from Bob Tessier-

Started by Kym Adams Director of CEDRS Jul 9, 2013.

Another great LA Mediators Event! 5 Replies

Started by Bob Tessier. Last reply by Kym Adams Director of CEDRS Apr 7, 2013.

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New Appellate Arbitration Opinion

The trial court, rather than an arbitrator, should decide the merits of the waiver by litigation conduct defense to arbitration asserted by plaintiffs.

Hong v. CJ CGV America Holdings, Inc., California Court of Appeal, Second District, Div. Five, case no.  B246945, filed December 18, 2013,

Link: http://www.courts.ca.gov/opinions/documents/B246945.PDF

Posted by Leslie (Les) S. Rothenberg on December 18, 2013 at 7:34pm

New Appellate Arbitration Opinion

A non-appealability clause in an arbitration agreement that eliminates all federal court review of arbitration awards, including review under Sec. 10 of the Federal Arbitration Act, is not enforceable

In re Wal-Mart Wage and Hour Employment Practices Litigation, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, case no. 11-17718, filed December 17, 2013

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Posted by Leslie (Les) S. Rothenberg on December 17, 2013 at 5:04pm

New Appellate Arbitration Opinion

An insufficiently-identified third-party to an internet contract containing arbitration clause cannot compel purchaser to arbitrate claims in class action against identified contracting party.

Lee v. Intelius Inc., U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, case no. 11-35810, filed December 16, 2013

Link: http://cdn.ca9.uscourts.gov/datastore/opinions/2013/12/16/11-35810.pdf

Posted by Leslie (Les) S. Rothenberg on December 16, 2013 at 4:40pm

New Appellate Arbitration Opinion

Judge, rather than an arbitrator, should decide whether arbitration clause in an attorney retainer agreement was unconscionable, and that clause was unenforceable under non-preempted Washington law

Smith v. JEM Group Inc., U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, case no. 11-35964, filed December 12, 2013

Link: http://cdn.ca9.uscourts.gov/datastore/opinions/2013/12/11/11-35964.pdf

Posted by Leslie (Les) S. Rothenberg on December 12, 2013 at 7:41pm

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American Institute of Mediation posted an event

Grow Your Mediation Practice Now! with Lee Jay Berman at American Institute of Mediation

January 28, 2017 from 9am to 4pm
We volunteer and we gripe.  We go to “networking” events, and don’t feel comfortable there or don’t know what to do.  Many of those trying to establish a career in mediation come from prior careers in law, mental health or education.  These three careers are among the weakest at marketing and self-promotion.  Our industry suffers unnecessarily because so many are highly skilled at mediating, and yet lack the skills that enable them to secure the opportunity to actually mediate.  In this course,…See More
Nov 7
Kym Adams Director of CEDRS updated an event

LA Mediators event March 23rd at Law Offices of Peter J. Babos

March 23, 2016 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Dear LA Mediators It’s time for our first meeting of 2016!  This year has already been moving at light speed, so we are going to meet Wednesday March 23rd, 2016 location to be announced, to discuss several interesting issues in mediation. Cocktail hour from 6pm to 6:30pm and meeting from 6:30pm to 8:30pm.  First, as I am going to be presenting at the upcoming International Academy of Mediators in March in New Zealand, I want to run through a part of that presentation that deals with working…See More
Feb 23
Bob Andersen is now a member of LA Mediators
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Kym Adams Director of CEDRS posted an event

LA Metiators Meeting February 24th at Law Offices of Peter J. Babos

February 24, 2016 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Dear LA Mediators It’s time for our first meeting of 2016!  This year has already been moving at light speed, so we are going to meet Wednesday March 23rd, 2016 location to be announced, to discuss several interesting issues in mediation. Cocktail hour from 6pm to 6:30pm and meeting from 6:30pm to 8:30pm.  First, as I am going to be presenting at the upcoming International Academy of Mediators in March in New Zealand, I want to run through a part of that presentation that deals with working…See More
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