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Office of Dispute Settlement

Office of Dispute Settlement

The nationally recognized New Jersey Office of Dispute Settlement (ODS) provides mediation and arbitration services in the public interest. Since its inception, ODS has resolved litigation involving claims in excess of $1 billion and saved the state, businesses and private parties millions of dollars in litigation costs. ODS is a recipient of the CPR Legal Program National Award for "Outstanding Practical Achievement in Dispute Resolution" for its work in the field. ODS services include: 1) Serving as a mediator to resolve all types of complex civil litigation and public disputes: 2) Designing and managing dispute resolution programs: and 3) Providing training in negotiation and mediation.

ODS serves as a court-appointed mediator in over 50 cases each year in both the state and federal courts. Significant cases mediated include:

  • $1 billion environmental insurance coverage dispute between a Fortune 500 company and 25 of its insurance carriers;
  • $100 million federal class-action lawsuit involving the proposed demolition of all high-rise public housing in Newark;
  • $100 million litigation between the state of New Jersey and two Fortune 500 companies regarding the construction of a light rail line;
  • $25 million contract dispute between a major medical center and insurance company impacting on the health care coverage of thousands of people;
  • $10 million environmental clean-up litigation between a Fortune 500 company and multiple state and federal agencies resulting from a major oil spill in the waters between N.Y. and N.J.

ODS also manages three distinct ADR programs which handle hundreds of cases each year. These include: 1) Mediating home foreclosure cases in courts across the state and 2) Arbitrating disputes between new home owners and builders pursuant to the New Home Warranty Program. ODS also provides negotiation and mediation training to Superior Court Judges, Administrative Law Judges, the Attorney General's Office, State Police and attorneys on the state court mediation roster. Please call Eric Max, Director of the office, at 609-292-1773 for additional information.