Two stories in August highlight the value of mediation in complex cases, one the bankruptcy of the city of Detroit, and the other, the settlement of the lawsuit against the National Football League. In both cases, mediation was the choice of process to help the parties reach settlements.
First, the NFL case, from the New York Times coverage of the NFL case, there is this quote from Layn Phillips, the mediator:
“Rather than litigate literally thousands of complex individual claims over many years, the parties have reached an agreement that, if approved, will provide relief and support where it is needed at a time when it is most needed.”
Second, the Detroit bankruptcy case, from coverage by MLive, a Michigan online site, the bankruptcy judge has this observation on why he appointed a mediator:
“The purpose of bankruptcy is to give the city a fresh start. After this bankruptcy case is over, many of the creditors will continue to have long-term commitments with the city…Consensual resolution of the city’s disputes with its creditors is in the best interest of the citizens of Detroit.”