August 27, 1986 |
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.
September 17, 2009 |
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.
June 27, 1990 |
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.
December 4, 1988 |
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.
August 26, 2009 |
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.
December 12, 1991 |
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.
January 25, 1987 |
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.
November 13, 1988 |
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.
April 15, 2011 |
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.
March 9, 1988 |
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.