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August 27, 1986 | By Paul Horvitz, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
One week before a key deadline, only 27 towns in New Jersey have formally notified the state that they want to submit any disputes over the construction of low-cost housing to state mediation. By submitting to mediation, the towns would gain legal protection against future zoning lawsuits over low-cost housing under the state Supreme Court's so-called Mount Laurel decisions. As a result, officials of the state's new Council on Affordable Housing urged mayors and town administrators yesterday to formally seek mediation by next Wednesday or risk being taken to court by builders or developers seeking to build low-cost housing.
BUSINESS
September 17, 2009 | By Christopher K. Hepp INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Reporting that they had made unexpected progress during a poolside mediation session Monday, lawyers in the Philadelphia Newspapers L.L.C. bankruptcy case asked a federal judge for help securing more of the mediator's time. Lawrence G. McMichael, who represents the media company, told Chief Bankruptcy Judge Stephen Raslavich that "a lot of progress" had been made. It was possible, he said, that continued mediation could help resolve the remaining issues in the case. Raslavich, in response, promised to contact the mediator, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Richard Fehling, to see if it were possible.
NEWS
June 27, 1990 | By Christopher Mumma, Special to The Inquirer
The jockeying for position between Mobil Oil Corp. and Paulsboro officials intensified last week as both sides considered a state offer to take the oil company's lawsuit against the borough into mediation and out of court. Since Department of Community Affairs Commissioner Melvin A. Primas offered to mediate the dispute three weeks ago, Mobil officials have been slow to respond. But in a letter sent to Paulsboro council President James A. Sabetta on Friday, the company agreed to go that route if certain ground rules could be agreed on. "We feel positively toward mediation," Mobil spokesman Mark Cohen said Monday.
NEWS
December 4, 1988 | By Kitty Dumas, Inquirer Staff Writer
The petite silver-haired woman from Mayfair sat down across the table from Carman Rufo and told her story. She recently paid a contractor $800 to build concrete steps in front of her house, she said. Days later, the steps had severely cracked and were falling apart. The contractor would not return her calls. She was distraught. She wanted to sue. "Don't get nervous," Rufo told her. "You don't need that at this time in your life. " About 10 Northeast residents like the Mayfair woman - who did not want to be identified - sought help with legal problems Wednesday from Rufo and other staff members of the Philadelphia Municipal Court's Dispute Resolutions Programs.
BUSINESS
August 26, 2009 | By Andrew Maykuth INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Lawyers for Philadelphia Newspapers L.L.C. and its creditors said yesterday that they were planning another session before a mediator to resolve a contentious dispute over interim financing for the bankrupt media company. Lawrence G. McMichael, a lawyer for the company that owns The Inquirer, the Philadelphia Daily News, and Philly.com, said the parties made "a reasonable amount of progress" Monday but were unable to resolve the dispute over short-term financing, known as debtor-in-possession financing.
NEWS
December 12, 1991 | By Leonard L. Drey, Special to The Inquirer
The East Goshen Board of Supervisors has taken its first tentative step toward mediating a longstanding zoning dispute with SmithKline Beecham, voting to engage a mediator in "conflict assessment" if the pharmaceutical firm agrees. Agreement could lead to a break in the 20-month battle, which has led SmithKline to sue the township three times over subdivision plans for a 312- acre tract on Paoli Pike where it has research laboratories. The issue has divided the board and the community.
NEWS
January 25, 1987 | By Paul Davies, Special to The Inquirer
Confident that they have a strong case against the proposed Huber tract development, residents of Kennett and Pennsbury Townships have voted not to enter into mediation with the developer and Kennett supervisors. Developer Richard A. Jacoby of Newtown Square has proposed a 186-unit planned residental development for the 103-acre tract west of Route 52, between Burrows Run and Fairville Roads. A citizens' group, the Kennett and Pennsbury Residents Association, is fighting the zoning request.
REAL_ESTATE
November 13, 1988 | By Glenn Burkins, Inquirer Staff Writer
Real estate agents seem to be finding themselves dragged into court more often these days, especially in disputes between home buyers and sellers. But the industry is fighting back. All over the nation real estate agents are beginning to use professional mediators instead of lawyers and judges. They say it's faster and cheaper than going to court. A mediator listens to both sides and tries by persuasion to bring them to an agreement. The Camden County Board of Realtors started the first mediation program in the Philadelphia area about three weeks ago. A similar program is being tested by the National Association of Realtors, and the Pennsylvania Association of Realtors has proposed a statewide system.
SPORTS
April 15, 2011 | Daily News Wire Services
The NFL and its locked-out players launched a second round of mediation yesterday, this time under a court order to try and figure out a solution to their labor dispute. Commissioner Roger Goodell, Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson and New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft were among those on hand for the closed-door session at the federal courthouse in Minneapolis. NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith was joined by attorneys, linebackers Ben Leber and Mike Vrabel, as well as Hall of Fame defensive end Carl Eller.
NEWS
March 9, 1988 | By Dawn Capewell, Special to The Inquirer
A plan started three years ago to resolve disputes out of court now has a 75 to 80 percent success rate, according to Ericka Gray, director of the Burlington County Comprehensive Justice Center. Gray addressed members of the Mount Holly League of Women Voters on March 1. "People don't know how to go to court," Gray said. "Our prime objective is to increase consumer satisfaction with the judicial system. " The evening marked the start of a yearlong study by the 78 members of the Mount Holly League into the justice system in Burlington County, said Allie Stanford, League president.
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June 10, 2016 | By Joe Juliano, STAFF WRITER
Being from Western Pennsylvania, Rocco Mediate has had the opportunity to play golf courses on this side of the state, having competed in the 1982 Pennsylvania Amateur at Sunnybrook Golf Club in Plymouth Meeting and tying for 13th place. Now Mediate is a few good tee shots away from Sunnybrook. He is competing this week at the Philadelphia Cricket Club in neighboring Flourtown at the Constellation Senior Players Championship, looking to add another major title to the one he captured two weeks ago at the Senior PGA Championship.
NEWS
May 27, 2016
SOMETHING must be done to cut the tangled mess of knots that has paralyzed state government over spending and taxation. Everyone knows how bad it has been, with Gov. Wolf and the Republican-controlled Legislature entangled in ceaseless rounds of proposals and counterproposals. It stymied passage of a state budget last year, resulting in real pain for local governments and school districts that depend on a steady flow of state subsidies. The governor, at least, is making soothing noises about budget negotiations this year, but there is no reason to think real progress will be made.
NEWS
May 19, 2016 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, STAFF WRITER
After meeting in Washington with U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez Tuesday, management and union leaders involved in the Verizon labor dispute agreed to accept the assistance of federal mediator Allison Beck in ongoing contract negotiations. Discussions will continue in Washington under the auspices of the Labor Department. An estimated 36,000 to 39,000 Verizon workers, members of the Communications Workers of America and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, have been on strike since April 13. All parties agreed not to make any public statements during the talks.
NEWS
February 9, 2016 | By Mark Fazlollah, Staff Writer
Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane on Sunday lambasted a judicial panel for naming a well-connected lawyer to mediate Supreme Court Justice J. Michael Eakin's Porngate case, calling it a step to "sweep his hate-filled emails under the rug. " Kane was reacting to the Court of Judicial Conduct's decision to name prominent Philadelphia attorney Richard A. Sprague to serve as a mediator in the case against Eakin, who has been awaiting a...
NEWS
February 8, 2016 | By Mark Fazlollah and Craig R. McCoy, STAFF WRITERS
With the stakes escalating for the Pennsylvania Supreme Court in the Porngate scandal, a judicial tribunal has quietly brought in prominent Philadelphia lawyer Richard A. Sprague to mediate a deal that could forestall a public trial for Justice J. Michael Eakin. The Court of Judicial Discipline confirmed Sprague's new role on Friday. In December, the disciplinary panel suspended Eakin while he awaits trial on ethics charges for his exchange of salacious, misogynistic, and racially offensive emails.
NEWS
November 30, 2015
ISSUE | PA. BUDGET STALEMATE Time for a mediator Because there appears to be no discernible process working in the Pennsylvania budget negotiations, I sent a letter on Nov. 23 to Gov. Wolf, House Majority Leader Dave Reed, and House Minority Leader Frank Dermody urging them to use a mediator. Given that negotiations have extended over the past five months and continue today, the assistance of a mediator is warranted. That does not mean I am unappreciative of the negotiators' time and effort.
NEWS
June 12, 2014 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
In a last-ditch effort to avert a commuter rail strike, a federal mediator will meet Friday with SEPTA officials and leaders of two railroad unions. The National Mediation Board has asked the two sides to meet with its representative at 10 a.m. Friday at the offices of a Philadelphia law firm. SEPTA locomotive engineers and railroad electrical workers have said they plan to go on strike at 12:01 a.m. Saturday, following SEPTA's decision to impose management's terms to settle a long-running labor dispute.
NEWS
February 22, 2014 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Charles G. McCloskey, 90, of Bensalem, a former Philco radio assembler who rose to become a union president and, later, a gifted labor mediator for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, died Friday, Feb. 7, of congestive heart failure at his daughter's home in Warminster. Over a career spanning almost a half-century, Mr. McCloskey used his sharp bargaining skills and lively sense of humor to help craft innovative settlements when the area's colleges, transit agencies, and businesses were facing labor strife.
NEWS
July 10, 2013 | By John P. Martin, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Philadelphia judge on Monday ordered lawyers for the NFL and thousands of its former players to try to settle claims that the league hid or ignored evidence that concussions lead to brain damage. After a telephone conference with the case lawyers, U.S. District Judge Anita B. Brody said she appointed a retired federal judge, Layn R. Phillips, to mediate the talks. She asked Phillips to deliver a report to her by Sept. 3. The order suspended Brody's plan to rule this month on the league's request that she dismiss the case.
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