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Successful Early Mediation of Disability Insurance Claims - A Mediator's Perspective
By: Doug deVries, Mediator

    Mediation of litigated cases started approximately 25 years ago and its use has since expanded and become institutionalized, including court-imposed procedures and the advent of alternative dispute resolution companies. Read More...

Mediation: Understanding Facilitative, Evaluative and Directive Approaches
By: Doug deVries

    Mediation, the use of a neutral third-party to facilitate negotiation, was utilized throughout the ancient world, and continues to be used today in varying forms in almost all cultures of the world with great success. Read More...

Jurisdiction and the Internet
By: Doug deVries

    Every law student learns that to support personal jurisdiction over an out-of-state defendant in a civil suit, the defendant must have "minimum contacts" with the forum state. (See Int'l Shoe Co. v. Washington, 326 U.S. 310, 316 (1945).) Read More...

Mediation: Enhancing Its Effectiveness
By: Doug deVries

    Mediation Defined: Mediation is defined as "a process in which a neutral person orpersons facilitate communication between the disputants to assist them in reaching a mutuallyacceptable agreement." Read More...

Mediation: Decision Analysis and Risk-Assessed Value
By: Doug deVries

    Introduction: It seems self-evident that the potential for settlement of a case can be enhanced when the parties can agree on the range of "reasonable value" that the case presents. Read More...

By: Doug deVries

    Recent mediation experience has impressed upon me the significant impact that social media evidence can have on a case if it is relevant, legally acquired, capable of authentication and admissible. Read More...

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