The Haghighi Trilogy and the Minnesota Civil Mediation Act: Exposing a Phantom Menace Casting a Pall Over the Development of ADR in Minnesota

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James Richard Coben

Hamline University School of Law

Peter N. Thompson

Hamline University - School of Law

Date Written: 1999

Abstract

The authors argue that the Minnesota Civil Mediation Act suffers from inconsistent policy choices, lack of integration with other statutes and rules, and ambiguous and incomplete language. The technical provisions of the Act jeopardize the finality of mediated settlements inviting extended litigation to bring peace and end the conflict. Participants in mediations, parties and lawyers alike, may be at risk in terms of fulfilling their expectations and obligations under Minnesota's statutory scheme.

Keywords: mediation, alternative dispute resolution, Civil Mediation Act

Suggested Citation

Coben, James Richard and Thompson, Peter N., The Haghighi Trilogy and the Minnesota Civil Mediation Act: Exposing a Phantom Menace Casting a Pall Over the Development of ADR in Minnesota (1999). Hamline Journal of Public Law & Policy, Vol. 20, p. 299, 1999. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1723301

James Richard Coben (Contact Author)

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Peter N. Thompson

Hamline University - School of Law ( email )

1536 Hewitt Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55104-1237
United States

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