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Caught on ­surveillance video

February 20, 2017

Nick Roumel My friend Lindsay is an unofficial ambassador for Blue Apron, the meal delivery service (www.blueapron.com). Choose from a variety of meal plans and the number of diners, and a box is delivered to your door with everything you need. This only ...

Court of Appeals drastically expands scope of the WPA

February 20, 2017

Warren Krueger A recent Court of Appeals’ interpretation of the Michigan Whistleblowers’ Protection Act (WPA) has significant ramifications for attorneys.  In McNeil-Marks v MidMichigan Medical Center-Gratiot, the Michigan Court of Appeals ...

A breach of confidentiality can lead to loss of settlement

February 20, 2017

Ed Sikorski Mediated settlement agreements are governed by contract law. When a material feature of such an agreement is a confidentiality provision and a party breaches that provision, the breaching party can lose its benefits under the settlement agreement.  ...

When a pink slip turns a bizarre shade of gray

February 20, 2017

Tom Kirvan Legal News, Editor-in-Chief A year ago, an article in a Sunday edition of The New York Times caught my eye. It was titled, “Congratulations! You’ve Been Fired.” For those workers who have been on — or perilously close to ...

'Empathy' at the mediation table

February 20, 2017

William J Caprathe “Empathy,” when used appropriately is truly amazing. It strengthens and enriches our understanding of others, and enhances our ability to motivate them. Though there is no scientific way to measure the power of empathy, you can ...

What mediators can learn from the Boy Scouts

February 20, 2017

Ed Sikorski   Most problems encountered in any endeavor come from lack of preparation. In the context of mediated case resolution, there are two separate but inter-related and inter-dependent preparation activities simultaneously in play. The first is ...