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Washington Governor Signs EHB 1128 Expanding Mandatory Arbitration Rules

Pursuant to previous update, both houses of the Washington legislature passed a bill which substantially changes Washington mandatory civil arbitration (MAR). Most notably, the bill increases the damages ceiling on MAR cases from $50,000 to $100,000. As expected, the bill was subsequently signed into law by Washington Governor Jay Inslee.

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Confidentiality of Mediation-Related Communications in Washington

Ronald Allen Yu Confidentiality can be one of the most valuable tools in mediation.  The parties’ candor to the impartial mediator allows for an informed valuation and possible settlement.  Candid dialogue is encouraged by protecting mediation communications from discovery by the other parties to the litigation.  Thus in…

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