In the United States, lawyers and the local and state bar associations, as well as the American Bar Association and the Federal Bar Association, were as enthusiastic as the judges in their promotion and utilization of mediation.
There is no question that lawsuits are always expensive, and may not always be fair in their outcome. In the traditional litigation approach, parties and their counsel are typically geared more to battle than settlement/resolution
The timing of negotiations is often critical to their success. Conflict scholars and negotiators often use the concept of “ripeness,” comparing negotiation to fruit. If a fruit is picked too early,