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The Road to Settlement: ADR Can Offer Cost-Effective Alternatives to Trial

If we don’t litigate our disputes, what alternatives are there?

It is ironic that we call processes that humans have been using for thousands of years “alternative.” Long before there were lawyers and courts, there were methods of resolving disputes such as mediating with a wise member of the village, allowing an elder to decide the solution, bouncing ideas off others not involved with the problem, or sitting down over some saber-tooth tiger steaks and working out your differences. As we “evolved,” courts became the places to air your grievances and seek damages. However, most people do not end up fully litigating their cases in court. So it seems that the “alternative” processes are the preferred method of resolving disputes.

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