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    Mediation talks adjourn until Tuesday (Question for Av)

    Mediation talks adjourn until Tuesday
    4/15/2011 2:16:46 PM


    Day 2 of court-ordered talks between the NFL and its locked-out players recessed Friday afternoon, with the judge giving both sides a significant amount of homework in the form of questions they need to answer upon convening again at 11 a.m. ET Tuesday according to the Associated Press.

    Question for Av: Why would the judge give out "significant homework?" Is this a common occurrence? Any guesses as to what the "homework questions" might be? Thanks in advance!

    The sides began their second day of talks amid hopes for progress in their fight over how to divide $9 billion in revenue. The work stoppage entered its 35th day Friday.

    "There has been progress but it's not like [there's a deal] right around the corner," Hall of Famer Carl Eller, among those on the players side of the talks, told ESPN's Ed Werder.

    U.S. Magistrate Judge Arthur Boylan is overseeing the talks at the federal courthouse in Minneapolis. The two groups spent more than nine hours together in his chambers Thursday and for about five hours on Friday.


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    Re: Mediation talks adjourn until Tuesday (Question for Av)

    What we're seeing here is the benefit of having a judge as the mediator. A private mediator could not impose any "homework" on the parties. A judge, on the other hand, can require that the parties bring certain documents or information if he believes that doing so will help the process.

    My guess is that he has asked the league to bring certain financial documents for his review. These documents would not be turned over to the NFLPA, but the judge could then say "while I'm not going to show their financials, I can verify that their assertions are accurate."

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    Re: Mediation talks adjourn until Tuesday (Question for Av)

    Report: Eller group's attorney says mediation talks are serious

    4/19/2011 11:55:19 AM


    Albert Breer of NFL Network reports that in addition to the owners and players being involved in mediation today, the Eller class counsel also was represented, and the group's lead attorney, Michael Hausfeld, took exception with the idea that the sides involved in Minneapolis aren't taking this round of mediation seriously, and rather are waiting for court rulings to determine the battlefield. Hausfeld produced, as evidence of the work, a 100-page paper that the Eller class prepared in response to the questions that Boylan asked the sides to answer over the weekend.

    "Over the weekend, we consulted with numerous individuals to prepare a response," said Hausfeld, who added that his team worked well into the past few nights to have it ready. "It has been given to the court to assist the court in making that evaluation, and in having the parties understand the differences in position so that they could engage in a meaningful dialogue to reach these serious issues.

    "This is no charade, this is no illusion. This is going to come to a resolution, either by the parties compromising and agreeing, or by a judgment. And even with a judgment many times, there is then a discussion on how to compromise the judgment so there's not a winner-take-all situation. This takes time and the court is doing everything within its power to get the parties to realize that."

    Hanging over this week's talks is the prospect of a ruling from Judge Susan Nelson, who ordered this mediation, on the players' request for an injunction to lift the NFL lockout.

    On April 6, Nelson said she'd take "a couple weeks" to rule. On Wednesday, it will have been two weeks since she said that, and Nelson emphasized that the ruling would come in "due course" and would not be stayed by the ongoing mediation.

    Hausfeld acknowledged the perception that Nelson's ruling is likely just one step forward in what could be a very lengthy process.

    "There's no question that any ruling that Judge Nelson makes would be a first step," Hausfeld said. "It will be taken on appeal. There will be a request probably, if it's in favor of an injunction, to stay the ruling. And if she grants the injunction, it goes up to the (U.S. Court of Appeals for the) Eighth Circuit. The Eighth Circuit has to decide whether to stay the ruling, if she doesn't stay the ruling, and then you have to wait for the Eighth Circuit to make a decision.

    "Most likely, there'll be a request by parties for an expedited hearing before the Eighth Circuit. It's up to the Eighth Circuit to grant that. In the interim, between Judge Nelson's decision and the Eighth Circuit's decision, there's still more room to mediate and compromise and reach a resolution."

    Hausfeld said he sensed seriousness within the owner's group last week, "I think the owners fully appreciate the significance of the structural changes that would need to be made."

    Hmmm .. Structural changes? What sort of structural changes? Should we assume these changes would only occur if Judge Nelson rules in favor of the players on the lockout?

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    Re: Mediation talks adjourn until Tuesday (Question for Av)

    out of court till May 16th now...happy days..

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