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November 23, 2012
H. Warren Knight, 83, a retired Orange County judge who in 1979 founded a private mediation and arbitration service in Santa Ana that has since expanded to offices across the country and to Canada and Europe, died Nov. 15 at Hoag Hospital in Newport Beach of complications from lung disease. His death was announced by his company, which is now based in Irvine and known as JAMS the Resolution Experts. Knight was an Orange County Superior Court judge looking forward to early retirement when he founded Judicial Arbitration and Mediation Services Inc. The firm offered what was then an emerging concept called alternative dispute resolution, in which retired judges, for a fee, serve as third-party deciders in disputes between companies and individuals.
November 21, 2012 |
Looks like it'll be a bake sale after all. Hostess Brands Inc. said Tuesday that mediation efforts with the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco and Grain Millers Union were unsuccessful, and that means the Twinkies maker will either liquidate or sell off its assets. The company will go before a bankruptcy judge in White Plains, N.Y., on Wednesday. The company said it will have no further comment until after the hearing. Quiz: How well do you know fast food? The failed talks will likely be devastating news to legions of Americans who stockpiled Ding Dongs and Ho Ho's after Hostess said Friday that it was shutting down - then rejoiced a few days later when the company agreed to further negotiations with the union.
November 20, 2012 |
Twinkies may live on after all. Bankrupt Hostess Brands Inc. and its striking union agreed to enter into mediation to try to resolve their differences, putting the baking company's planned liquidation on hold for now. At a U.S. Bankruptcy Court hearing Monday in White Plains, N.Y., the 82-year-old company sought permission to start shutting down its business. Instead, Judge Robert Drain urged Hostess and the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union to consider mediation.
November 19, 2012 |
There may be hope for Twinkies after all: Hostess Brands Inc. and its striking union agreed to a mediation that will forestall the company's planned liquidation for the time being. At a bankruptcy court hearing Monday in New York, 82-year-old Hostess had planned to ask permission to start shutting down its business. Instead, Judge Robert Drain urged the company and the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International union to consider mediation. Both sides agreed to try to work through their conflict, which would preserve more than 18,000 jobs that will otherwise disappear if the Irving, Texas-based company closes its doors.
September 26, 2012 |
ESPN is reporting that “an agreement in principle is at hand” between the NFL and locked-out officials, with the possibility that the regulars could be back on the field by this weekend. But an individual within the NFL Referees Assn. told The Times on Wednesday that the sides are not on the brink of an agreement and are continuing to negotiate with the help of a federal mediator. The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to speak for the union, said a deal is not as close as has been reported.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 26, 2012 |
STOCKTON - This Gold Rush-era port city, an epicenter of California's agricultural exports, will become the nation's largest city to seek protection under the U.S. bankruptcy code after its City Council on Tuesday stopped bond payments, slashed employee health and retirement benefits and adopted a day-to-day survival budget. City Manager Bob Deis likened the process to cutting off an arm to save the body. He is expected to file bankruptcy papers immediately. A Delta wind had scrubbed the Central Valley sky blue as residents gathered hours early for the 5:30 p.m. meeting.
May 22, 2012 |
The heads of Apple Inc.and Samsung Electronics Co. will sit opposite each other in settlement talks this week, even as the rival smartphone makers continue to blast each other with patent infringement claims. Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook was scheduled to participate in a mediation conference with Samsung Chief Executive Gee-Sung Choi in front of a San Francisco judge Monday and Tuesday to discuss how to speed the resolution of a high-profile U.S. patent case. The 13-month-old case in the U.S. District Court in Northern California is one of many around the world that are amounting to a bruising patent war. The two companies have repeatedly accused one another of copying the look and function of their rival's tablets and smartphones.
May 14, 2012 |
In the unfolding scandal involving accusations against John Travolta, last week's salacious sexual-misconduct allegations had given way Monday to a boatload of I-said-he-said, heck-no-I-never-said, and let-me-clarify-what-you-think-I-said minutiae. Fabian Zanzi, the cruise-ship crew member who last month accused Travolta of inappropriate sexual behavior on the high seas, has spoken up again - this time in English - repeating allegations that while he was on the job several years ago, the actor asked him for a massage and a chat, then disrobed, gave him a naked hug and offered $12,000 in exchange for sex. After reporting the 2009 incident to his Royal Caribbean supervisors, Zanzi received a written warning for fraternizing with a passenger, according to personnel papers obtained by TMZ. The document noted that the VIP attendant's self-reporting had been considered as a mitigating factor in determining disciplinary action.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 5, 2012 |
University of California police and administrators should use mediation instead of confrontation when dealing with most student protests, but pepper spray might remain a necessary tool of last resort, according to a UC draft report on campus civil disobedience. The new study, released Friday, urged that campus police be trained to defuse potentially volatile situations and that UC officials not even mobilize police at peaceful demonstrations. In the rare instances when force is required, the report recommended the campus police try "hands-on pain compliance" such as arm twisting or pressure points "before pepper spray or batons whenever feasible.