"One of the main purposes of mediation is the expeditious resolution of disputes. Mediation will not always be successful, but it should not spawn more litigation . . . ."
So said the New Jersey Supreme Court in the case of Willingboro Mall LTD v. 240/242 Franklin Avenue, LLC, 35 A.3d 680 (2012),as it considered a mediation which itself became the controversy. Five depositions, a four-day evidentiary hearing, and two appeals later, the high court set forth a new rule in New Jersey requiring that, to be enforceable, an agreement reached at mediation must be in writing.