Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Mediation Update

Last month, the Supreme Court of New Hampshire issued a decision titled “Lillie-Putz Trust v. Downeast Energy” in which the Court affirmed two superior court orders, dismissing the Trust’s writ with prejudice and denying a motion for reconsideration, based on the Trust’s refusal to appear for a scheduled mediation. The case provides a good reminder that Courts take the mediation process seriously, and participants should as well. That approach not only complies with Superior Court Rule 170 – it vastly increases the chances for resolution, and probably saves all participants from higher litigation costs and business disruption.

-Submitted By Christopher Pyles, Esq.

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