Judges Offer 5 Sure Bets For Botching Settlement

Law360, New York (July 19, 2010, 4:31 PM EDT) -- Facilitating settlement between embattled and often bitter parties is hard enough without attorneys adding to the mayhem by failing to come fully prepared to negotiate, a group of federal magistrate judges told Law360.

Here, the judges share the most maddening mistakes lawyers make during alternative dispute resolution:

1. Bring Someone Without Full Settlement Authority

A case can't settle if corporate representatives don't have full negotiating power. Some attorneys allow clients to send midlevel executives with authority to concede $50,000, for example, when an opponent has demanded...
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