Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)

This is FindLaw's collection of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) articles, part of the Litigation and Disputes section of the Corporate Counsel Center. "ADR" refers to any means of settling disputes outside of the courtroom and is usually less formal, less expensive, and less time-consuming than a trial. ADR typically includes early neutral evaluation, negotiation, conciliation, mediation, and arbitration. While the two most common forms of ADR are arbitration and mediation, negotiation is almost always attempted first to resolve a dispute. Law articles in this archive are predominantly written by lawyers for a professional audience seeking business solutions to legal issues. Start your free research with FindLaw.

Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Articles
    • Arbitration Award Vacated

      The trend to alternative dispute resolution (ADR) procedures has gained national support and recognition. Many courts, at both state and federal levels, require mandatory mediation or some form of settlement conference before a case proceeds to ...

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    • Alternative Dispute Resolution: Which Method Is Best For Your Client

      This article explores three alternative methods of dispute resolution: mediation, arbitration and litigation as applied in the area of franchise law. The long-term and highly interdependent relationship between franchisors and franchisees is prone ...

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    • Mediation from a Plaintiff's Perspective
      A very few years ago mediation never even came into our vernacular. For the majority of most of our professional careers, there were mandatory settlement conferences scheduled by the courts and that was the time that settlement was discussed, not ...

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    • Waffling Circuits: Workplace ADR After Circuit City and Waffle House
      From a legal standpoint, alternate dispute resolution ("ADR") agreements in the workplace have exhilarated HR and employment law. During the last decade, more and more employers have added ADR to their workplace lexicons. Employers of all sizes and ...

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    • Why the Hawaii State Bar Supports ADR
      Recent reports show some businesses are reporting major cost savings from using ADR (Alternative Dispute Resolution): ADR may not be a good option for some types of disputes because: Some of these concerns can be addressed by writing specifically ...

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    • Worldly Preparation: Alternative Dispute Resolution in a Global Setting
      The negotiation of any international contract should include a thorough discussion of dispute resolution procedures. Yet, because of either superstition or etiquette, corporate lawyers often consider dispute resolution too little, too late. As a ...

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    • The Five Limits of Litigation

      In the life of most businesses, the owner will either sue or be sued at some time. Hopefully, these instances will be few, but they seem increasingly inevitable.Just as it is important for a business owner to understand what is possible with ...

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    • Texas Litigation: Stages of a Lawsuit
      When most people think of the American legal system, they probably think of a courtroom where lawyers argue their cases to the jury under the auspices of a judge. The media and entertainment industry has bombarded the viewing public with dramatic ...

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    • Resolving Consumer Disputes: Mediation and Arbitration

      How frustrating! You buy a product and it breaks. You try to return it or have the company fix it, but don't succeed. You talk with the salesperson, speak with the manager, and write letters to the company, and ...

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    • Neutral Evaluation: An ADR Technique Whose Time Has Come

      Mediation and arbitration get all the ink in the ADR press, but more and more "neutral evaluation" is becoming the ADR technique of choice. For certain types of cases, or at certain points in the life of a case, neutral evaluation can often be a better choice than mediation or arbitration.

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