Category: Mediation

Late Night Mediation

Happy to report that we successfully concluded an eleven hour mediation for our clients at one hour to midnight. As difficult as this process is, it oftentimes is a better and more certain result than a trial. Click here for more information on mediation.

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Prelitigation Mediation for Homeowner’s Associations

  One of the new laws for homeowner associations in North Carolina is a law “encouraging” parties with a dispute with their HOA to try and resolve the dispute before filing a lawsuit. The statute provides for a voluntary prelitigation mediation that is similar to a mediation required in every North Carolina Superior Court case. […]

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Mediation

The vast majority of legal cases settle before going to trial.  Traditionally, in a civil lawsuit, the lawyers for each side would exchange settlement offers and counter-offers informally at various times throughout the lawsuit.  Their clients, the actual parties paying or receiving the money, were usually only involved secondhand.  In addition, the lawyers were oftentimes […]

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Take the money and run

This article is the preview of a study that reports that the Plaintiffs bringing a lawsuit are far more likely to be wrong in turning down a settlement and proceeding to trial than Defendants.  Plaintiffs were "wrong" in 61% of the cases that went to trial.  "Wrong" meaning that the Plaintiff would have gotten more […]

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Negotiate in odd numbers

Here is an interesting article in Scientific American called Why Things Cost $19.95 that investigates whether or not the common merchant tactic of listing a price as $19.95 rather than $20.00 is really effective.  Marketing professors from the University of Florida studied how consumers relate a ticketed price to the perceived wholesale "cost" of a […]

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