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LaQuan Tremell Taylor’s injuries were horrific. The 27-year-old veteran, was robbed, carjacked, and shot in the parking lot of a Kroger grocery store in Atlanta, Georgia. After three weeks in a coma, roughly a year in the hospital, multiple surgeries, and millions of dollars of treatment, plaintiff’s spinal cord injury left him a partial paraplegic with scars over his entire body and continuing pain. Kroger was the primary defendant in his suit for the store’s negligent…
The #1 predictor of mediation success is whether the participants have come with a seriousness of purpose. They understand that mediation is their best chance to avoid delay and expense, not to mention a bad result. They have readied themselves to settle the case. Why Are You Here? Sure, the court may have ordered the parties to mediation. Look at this as a blessing. You might have struggled to get your opponent to the negotiating…
You’re ready for your remote video mediation. Everyone has the latest version of the technology and knows how to join. You rehearsed with your client; maybe you did a practice session with the mediator. You submitted the mediation confidentiality form and contact form. Now you can concentrate on the facts and the law. Wait–What about the Interpreter? At the beginning of every remote mediation, I confirm that everyone present has signed off on the confidentiality…
Have Yourself a merry mediation Settlement’s in sight From now on Our troubles will be out of sight Have yourself a merry mediation Enjoy the holiday From now on Our troubles will be miles away Here we are as in olden days Before a suit was filed Back to those who are dear to us A friend, a spouse, grandchild No more years spent in litigation We were smarter than To throw our time and…
A MEDIATION CAROL Sung to the tune of Jingle Bells Mediate, Mediate Mediate all day Oh, what fun it is to see The disputes go away Hey Mediate, Mediate Make nice, it’s Christmas time Or Hanukkah or Kwanzaa time Remember this smart rhyme Hey Mediate, Mediate, A way to bring folks peace Your settlement agreement Will be a masterpiece HAPPY HOLIDAYS! The post Happy Mediation Holidays first appeared on Snyder Mediations | Teddy Snyder.…
W-A-I-T: these four letters remind you to ask yourself Why Am I Talking? Silence is often your most effective negotiation technique.   Silence has two big benefits The first benefit of silence is to be better able to respond. Too many people come to mediation with their attitudes so entrenched that they don’t listen. You cannot successfully respond if you have not listened—really listened—to the opposing party. Do not multi-task. During a remote mediation on your…
It’s horror movie season. Maybe you like to get a good scare at the movies. That doesn’t mean your most challenging case should become a Halloween nightmare. You know which are your ugliest cases. Those are the ones where mediation can really help. You probably want to close those files before year-end. Finding a mutually convenient date for all participants can cause delay. Start the process to schedule mediation of those files now.   The…
The COVID-19 pandemic has made many things about our jobs more difficult. And yet, there is a silver lining when it comes to case resolution.   The inability to safely congregate has compelled lawyers and claims professionals to turn to video mediation. Some were surprised to learn the benefits. Among these are that people are more relaxed in familiar environments; they feel more in control. Less stress results in better negotiation. Pre-pandemic, the real decision…
Why aren’t your cases settling? In his book, How to Talk to Strangers, best-selling author Malcolm Gladwell explains that we normally DTT, Default-To-Truth, when we receive communication. When we default to lies instead of to truth, we undermine our ability to get to resolution. The Litigation Defaults-To-Lies In almost every facet of our lives, most people take information at face value until something convinces them otherwise. Actually, it’s the only way a society can survive. Unfortunately,…
It’s summertime, and temperatures are high. So let’s look at a hot insurance coverage issue: business interruption caused by the coronavirus.  Do you know about the business interruption insurance coverage test case in progress in the United Kingdom? To create some consistency and avoid a litigation morass, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has brought a test case, something like a declaratory judgment. The FCA regulates the UK financial services industry. Their work includes protecting consumers, stabilizing the…