This Casenote will discuss the basic elements and appropriate uses of the mini-trial. It will also compare the mini-trial with other ADR processes and evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of using the mini-trial. Finally, this Casenote will analyze how the parties and their attorneys in the present case wrestled with an alleged agreement to settle their dispute through a mini-trial. Because one of the parties was never fully appraised of how the mini-trial would proceed, the process was aborted and settlement negotiations broke down.
Mini-Trial: Misunderstanding and Miscommunication May Short-Circuit Its Effective Use in Settlements - Lightwave Technologies, Inc. v. Corning Glass Works, The,
1990 J. Disp. Resol.
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