Entries by Teddy Snyder

SIBLING HATE

A Minnesota appellate case shows how damaging intra-family business disputes can be. The four Lund siblings had inherited equal shares of a trust holding a chain of grocery stores. The oldest sibling sued to force a buy-out of her shares on the ground that she had a reasonable expectation of financial independence and liquidity. She […]

ONE THING LIARS ARE REALLY GOOD AT

While not every liar is really good at lying, many are. In fact, they are so good, that the trier of fact—be that jury or judge—often find them to be credible, more credible than your evidence. Humans are actually poor judges of each other’s honesty. While we think we can look someone in the eye […]

WHEN SMALL BUSINESS CO-OWNERS FIGHT

Disputes among co-owners in a closely-held business can arise over a number of issues, such as day-to-day control, compensation, or access to information. Left unresolved, these arguments can fester and eventually destroy the business. Not only are small business co-owners like a family– they are likely to be members of an actual family. While we […]

The One Thing You Can Control in Negotiation

Here’s a basic fact of life. People like to feel in control, whether it’s at their workplace, at home, or in a negotiation. But we are seldom in sole control of any of those situations, and that’s how disputes arise and continue. Though the result of a negotiation is not completely under your control, your preparation is. […]

Was King Solomon Right?

Pretty much everyone knows the bible story about King Solomon. Two women claimed they were the mother of an infant after a different child had died. Solomon ordered the baby to be split in half and divided between them. One woman agreed; the other would rather abandon her claim. Solomon then knew that the one […]

COVID-19 IS MESSING THIS UP, TOO

HOW CCP 599 HELPS AND HURTS Due to the pandemic, very few cases are being tried. Reports from the legal community indicate that the absence of an imminent trial date is inducing parties to put off settlement as well. A History of Procrastination Lawyers have always seemed to have a reason why it’s too early […]

A Real Life Lesson Why It’s Almost Always Better To Settle

LaQuan Tremell Taylor’s injuries were horrific. The 27-year-old veteran, was robbed, carjacked, and shot in the parking lot of a Kroger grocery store in Atlanta, Georgia. After three weeks in a coma, roughly a year in the hospital, multiple surgeries, and millions of dollars of treatment, plaintiff’s spinal cord injury left him a partial paraplegic with […]

Are You Serious?

The #1 predictor of mediation success is whether the participants have come with a seriousness of purpose. They understand that mediation is their best chance to avoid delay and expense, not to mention a bad result. They have readied themselves to settle the case. Why Are You Here? Sure, the court may have ordered the […]

Remote Mediation with Non-English Speakers

You’re ready for your remote video mediation. Everyone has the latest version of the technology and knows how to join. You rehearsed with your client; maybe you did a practice session with the mediator. You submitted the mediation confidentiality form and contact form. Now you can concentrate on the facts and the law. Wait–What about […]

Have Yourself a Merry Mediation

Have Yourself a merry mediation Settlement’s in sight From now on Our troubles will be out of sight Have yourself a merry mediation Enjoy the holiday From now on Our troubles will be miles away Here we are as in olden days Before a suit was filed Back to those who are dear to us […]