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US Class Action Spending Reaches All-Time High of $2.9 Billion in 2020
US Class Action Spending Reaches All-Time High of $2.9 Billion in 2020 A survey released recently reveals that class action spending in the United States is growing at more than twice the rate of other litigation categories, and has reached an all-time high of $2.9 billion in 2020 Read More
By Lance A. Harke

Amazon Quietly Makes It Easier to Sue
Amazon Quietly Makes It Easier to Sue After years of including a mandatory arbitration clause in its terms of service with its customers, internet behemoth Amazon has quietly changed its terms of service after being inundated with tens of thousands of arbitration demands by plaintiffs’ l... Read More
By Lance A. Harke

Meet Our Mediators: Karen Brimmer
Meet Our Mediators: Karen Brimmer Shareholder Richard Lord interviews fellow mediator Karen Brimmer, who joined Upchurch Watson White & Max earlier this year, to talk about motivation, favorite books, curiosity and creativity. Read More

Meet Our Mediators: Frederick J. Lauten
Meet Our Mediators: Frederick J. Lauten In this installment of “Meet our Mediators,” shareholder Richard Lord interviews fellow panel member Fred Lauten. "I first met Fred almost 30 years ago and all along have considered him to be a true professional, keen legal mind and a good person. He... Read More

NADN Executive Director Says Reports on Zoom Flaws Should Not Be 'Headline News'
NADN Executive Director Says Reports on Zoom Flaws Should Not Be 'Headline News' "This is a classic case of 'user error' – as advised during our Zoom webinar in March, if you’re going to use Zoom for mediations (or any business purpose) you should ALWAYS ENABLE WAITING ROOMS functionality and ALWAYS PASSWORD PROTECT your meetings... Read More

Meet Our Mediators: Brenda J. Newman, Esq.
Meet Our Mediators: Brenda J. Newman, Esq. It takes persistence to succeed in anything meaningful. It is true in learning to play an instrument, representing clients as a trial lawyer, and serving as a dispute resolution professional. Brenda Newman, the subject of this installment of "Meet Ou... Read More

Meet Our Mediators: April Walker
Meet Our Mediators: April Walker April Walker knew she wanted to be a lawyer earlier than many and eventually decided she could best use her skills as a mediator. In this installment of “Meet our Mediators,” Richard Lord introduces us to one of the recent additions to our mediation ... Read More

Meet Our Mediators: Scott Baughan
Meet Our Mediators: Scott Baughan At the center of Scott Baughan’s skills as a mediator are his keen communication insights. These were developed early on, and he brings to mediation an ability to help people hear more easily what is difficult to hear. His interest in communication, ... Read More

Meet Our Mediators: Steven R. Jaffe
Meet Our Mediators: Steven R. Jaffe Steve Jaffe started his legal career as an Assistant State Attorney. In that capacity, the keen interpersonal skills he brings to mediation helped him quickly become a mentor to and supervisor of others. On the civil side, Steve first practiced insur... Read More

UNCITRAL Convention on Enforcement of International Settlement Agreements and Amended Model Law on International Conciliation Take Another Step Forward
UNCITRAL Convention on Enforcement of International Settlement Agreements and Amended Model Law on International Conciliation Take Another Step Forward The Working Group II (Dispute Resolution) of the U.N. Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) met in February to complete its work on the drafts of the instruments. That should be exciting to dispute resolution professionals because the end ... Read More

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