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  • Find a Mediator, Arbitrator, Expert Case Evaluator, Dispute Resolution Professional from our growing list of dispute resolution professionals -learn more... Get Your Case Evaluated by an Evaluator of your choice ----- learn more Start Your Case Now by sending the opposing party an invitation to participate in an alternative dispute resolution (ADR) activity - Learn more Create a User Account - if you're new to VirtualCourthouse establish an account here
  • Experienced lawyers and the average consumer who have used VirtualCourthouse have been extremely impressed with the value, high level of expertise and fairness they received from VirtualCourthouse Neutrals. Here’s what they had to say:
  • The VirtualCourthouse Model Contract provisions provide a fresh and flexible way to draft provisions of a contract which will provide the parteis maximum flexibility , the lowest cost and the fastest service. While the provision is flexible it is binding.
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  • For any mediator used to face-to-face mediation, online mediation requires a modified approach and therefore training to adapt the skills of the mediator to be compatible with an incorporeal digital forum. Aside from the development of the skills needed to conduct online mediation, the Virtual Mediation Lab (VML) simulations also provide the ability to learn from experience before taking a real online case. These are my principal observations thus far in my training.
  • Choosing among alternatives that vary in multiple ways you care about is one of the most fundamental mental activities, and one that is part of nearly all forms of cognition. Decisional processes often primarily involve balancing competing considerations. When multiple parties with conflicting interests are present, strategic interactions add to the complexity. This article explores opportunities for interactive visualizations in support of such processes, using as background a current software project that is developing systems for collaborative deliberation about choices.
  • Recent technical advances, and cost reductions in multi-party videoconferencing due to economy of scale in online communications mean that the utility of such technology has significantly improved in the last few years. The availability of this technology has become far more widespread than at any time since the advent of computers. This paper describes videoconference mediation, and argues that this process has a strong claim to a prominent place in the toolbox of ADR practitioner.
  • If you are a neutral and are not interested in being creative in helping your clients resolve their differences then this article is not for you. The parties are only interested in the most creative and effective neutrals. And it applies to computer aided dispute resolution as well as computer generated dispute resolution.
  • Evaluation is a controversial issue. Some mediation theorists believe that the technique has no place in "true" mediation, a purely facilitative process in which parties are left free to make their own judgments about the merits of a case without interference from the mediator. We hold a different view. Evaluation is a legitimate weapon in the mediator's arsenal, one that can be either effective or explosive depending on how and when it is used.
  • History records the power of words in the affairs of mankind.Rudyard Kippling put it this way - “Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind." A Lawyers choice of words are critical. How to choose your words successfully.
  • The Information Age has finally arrived with all of its magnificent efficiencies and productivity changing ways. People and businesses conduct many of their necessary activities with some interface with technology - probably more that you think. If a computer, be it laptop or desktop, is in the house or office many of the activities are in some way recorded on a hard drive. If the computer is connected to a network or the Internet things become more complicated. Like it or not the world we live in has changed. No longer are we a paper based society. All of our activities revolve around a computer and its hard drive.
  • VirtualCourthouse provides a fresh new approach to arbitration.An approach which provides flexibility and cost savings not available through AAA, JAMs, National Arbitration Forum. Have you noticed that arbitration has become more time consuming and more expensive as each year passes. How has that happened when the whole notion ,50 years ago was, for Arbitration to reduce the cost and time of litigation?
  • This paper is addressed to solo practitioners and partners in small law firms that serve consumers and small business and are exploring strategic alternatives for increasing revenues and profits in an increasingly competitive market environment. A hopeful result of reading this White Paper is that lawyers will be better positioned to lead their firms through the deeper issues involved with deploying a service delivery strategy that captures emerging client markets and will be better prepared to understand the nature of a changing legal landscape. Introduction
  • If you have not developed a strategic approach to your web presence as a professional, be it a neutral or a lawyer, there is no better time than the present. You may not have noticed it - but the old ways for a professional to let folks know who and where they are have changed dramatically. Learn the two step process Step One - Claim your Local Business Listing Step Two - Understand Ranking Facts
  • Consider what has occurred over the past ten years; the amount of information about an individual which is accessible on the internet, without the specific permission of that individual, is astounding. Try googling your own name and see how much information you find about yourself; you will be shocked!
  • Recently, Phil Loree, an attorney in New York, asks the following question on the Linkedin Group Discussion; What is Online Dispute Resolution (ODR)? There is the formal definition – here – but it can really be involved - here. However, as Debra Healy, a specialist/mediator/paralegal, observed; I agree that it's difficult to provide a specific definition of ODR - it can mean different things to different people/entities.
  • What do you do when you have a dispute with a customer? This is not the same as a complaint. A dispute is a complaint that has not been resolved to the satisfaction of the complainant. Maybe the issue has been escalated internally and you've been unable to agree a resolution. Maybe you've just been incompetent in handling the complaint. Whatever the reason, the customer still isn't happy and you have a dispute on your hands.
  • Persuading an opponent to participate in mediation or agree to binding arbitration is often very difficult. More times than not, when a party suggests binding arbitration, it is received in an adversarial context. After all, the adversary/opponent has suggested or broached the subject --how could that be good news? Is the suggestion a sign of weakness or fear of litigation? Or, is my opponent trying to get an advantage? For that very reason, the answer is most often no.
  • Most judges and lawyers date alternative dispute resolution (ADR) to the early 1900’s with the advent of the American Arbitration Association and other institutional forms of arbitration. However, arbitration dates to early Biblical times with one of the first noted arbitrators King Solomon. Even earlier, arbitration was used as a method to resolve territorial disputes. In England arbitration was a common means of commercial dispute resolution predating the common law as early as the 1200’s.
  • Albert Einstein once said: ″Problems cannot be solved by the same level of thinking that created them″. Accordingly, I am looking at the new court rules for British Columbia and the attempt to revamp the civil trial process with a heavy heart. Notwithstanding the effort and work that has been put into this process by many learned lawyers and jurists alike, it is my respectful opinion that ultimately, this is all for naught. I know that this is not going to be a popular opinion, but I think this effort, as well intentioned as it is, is aiming at the wrong goal.
  • The™ vision is a product of two facets of my judicial career. First, in my role as a Circuit Court Judge and secondly, during what I like to call, my personal "electronic epiphany".
  • Can online dispute resolution (ODR) successfully re-engineer alternative dispute resolution (ADR)? Recently, an investment advisor was informing clients that the opportunity the recent recession provided was advances in technology. The theory expressed was that companies who had to lay off people because of the economic downturn would not rehire the people they laid off because of the downturn. Instead they would invest in technology to reduce the number of people that it took to deliver goods and services. Terminating jobs is extremely stressful whether for good reasons or bad. It is even more stressful for the professional. The investment advisor theorized that companies would be asking themselves - how can we change our business model so that we no longer need these extra layers of employees?
  • As VirtualCourthouse approaches the 1,000th case filing it has become obvious that On-line Dispute Resolution (ODR) requires adoption by three separate constituencies - the claimant, the respondent and the neutral. Much like a stool, if one leg is absent the stool falls. Thus, the challenge of change is multiplied or as the mathematician might say - “cubed”.
  • The ability of technology—especially the Internet—to make many business processes more efficient is now making it clear that online dispute resolution (ODR) is the next frontier of ADR. The internet promises to make more disputes reachable by ADR and to facilitate the resolution of disputes faster and at a lower cost. But like many shifts from paper to technology, a clear strategic pathway has yet to appear.
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  • Online Dispute Resolution provides the ability for two (or more) disparate parties to settle their dispute using the Internet. Sometimes this involves lawyers and mediators and sometimes it does not. It depends on the vehicle/provider that the parties agree to utilize to dispute their claim.
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  • Court decisions of note regarding online dispute resolution (ODR), eDiscovery, the Internet, alternative dispute resolution (ADR) and other matters.
  • This case came before this Court on Plaintiff’s Motion for Partial Summary Judgment, Plaintiff’s Motion to Compel Enforcement of Settlement Agreement, as well as the merits of his Complaint for Divorce. Plaintiff, Thomas Suit, sought a Final Judgment of Divorce incorporating a “Settlement Agreement” that resulted from a mediation which took place while an action between these same parties similar to the instant case was pending in the Circuit Court for Worcester County. On June 27, 2011, this Court held a hearing on these matters, and for the reasons stated on the record at the conclusion of that hearing, this Court denied the Plaintiff’s Motion for Partial Summary Judgment, granted his Motion to Compel Enforcement of Settlement Agreement, and awarded a Final Judgment of Divorce based on the merits of the Plaintiff’s Complaint on now uncontested grounds. At that time this Court also stated that it would further explain those rulings in a written Opinion to follow. This is that Opinion.
  • This case is an often discussed case because it provides counsel ,parties and Judges with an analytical framework for considering eDiscovery issues. While it has obvious implications for the parties it sets forth the factors and consequences for obligations of counsel and parties in finding and keeping safe electronically stored information - ESI.The Key sections of the opinion - AN ANALYTICAL FRAMEWORK AND APPLICABLE LAW Defining Negligence, Gross Negligence, and Willfulness in the Discovery Context The Duty to Preserve and Spoliation Burdens of Proof Remedies THE SPECIFICS OF THE CASE
  • Below you will find all VirtualCourthouse products. These products will assist you in finding a fair, fast and inexpensive way to reolve your dispute
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  •™ was awarded the prestigious Louis M. Brown Award at the American Bar Association’s Midyear Meeting last week in Boston. Awards are given to those programs and projects that have made substantial or creative contributions to the delivery of legal services. Established by the American Bar Association's Standing Committee on the Delivery of Legal Services in 1994, The Louis M. Brown Award for Legal Access honors those programs and projects dedicated to matching the unmet legal needs of the middle class with lawyers who provide affordable legal information, services and representation.
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  • The Maryland Lawyer in a Cover Story An online alternative for ADR Online dispute resolution lets parties come to terms without ever coming into contact Monty Ahalt believes that most civil cases can be resolved without the parties ever being in the same room or even on the same phone call. The retired Prince George’s County Circuit Court judge runs, a Web site that allows parties to work out their differences online with an arbitrator or mediator. He estimates that about 70 percent of civil cases can be resolved this way, in less time and at a lower cost than traditional litigation. “That’s a process that takes probably three to four years from the time that dispute first started until it’s concluded, involving many, many man hours, a lot of expense, a lot of time and a lot of repetition, mainly paper repetition,” Ahalt said. “In a vast majority of those disputes, the results are fairly predictable, but the parties don’t realize that.” Virtual Courthouse is part of a movement toward online dispute resolution, or ODR, of basic alternative dispute resolution cases. The trend includes sites like, where a computer, not a person, determines the value of the case, and eBay’s in-house ODR system. Many lawyers and ADR professionals are enthusiastic about ODR, but some say its utility is limited. Others question whether disputes may be settled fairly without the arbitrator or mediator — the “neutral,” in Virtual Courthouse parlance — seeing the parties.
  •™ is a leading industry provider of paperless legal solutions. Leading the way to the "green" revolution VirtualCourthouse provides paperless dispute resolution. Adam Spence a shareholder in the Maryland Law Firm Spence & Buckler PC recently described the five steps necessary to creating a paperless law office in the Maryland Bar Journal. you can contact Mr. Spence at The Five Steps Buy a Scanner Expand computer file directory structure to support scanned documents Create document naming protocol Start Scanning Provide backup
  • As you can see, our list of outstanding professionals continues to grow! Initiate a case today and experience first hand their fairness, impartiality and expeditiousness! Our entire list is attached and can also be accessed
  •™ is extremely pleased to announce that Progressive Insurance Company has officially agreed to consider claims filed in™. Progressive is among the leaders in the Baltimore/Washington Metropolitan Automobile Insurance Industry Region. The Senior Claims Management has agreed to consider™ on a pilot basis, beginning with their Beltsville location.
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  • Move over Judge Wapner, Judge Judy, Judge Joe Brown and your video colleagues: The cyber-judges are here. Unlike TV judges, however, these online judges aren't interested in entertainment, but in providing a quick, relatively low-cost way to settle legal disputes without the hassles of going to court. VirtualCourthouse, which handles about 25 personal injury cases a month, allows lawyers to submit their cases online, choose an arbitrator and settle the dispute for less than $200. VirtualCourthouse has about 25 online judges who rule on the cases, said the company's founder and CEO, Arthur M. Monty Ahalt, a former judge in Prince George's County Circuit Court for 17 years. Ahalt retired in 1999, after conducting 10,000 settlement conferences during his career, he said.
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  • VirtualCourthouse - ABC Ch 7 - WJLA News - VirtualCourthouse featured on Washington DC , news station WJLA. Caroline Lyders reports on June 28,2008
  • - Judge Monty Ahalt on Fox News Ch 5 - Washington DC on February 8, 2008. Wisdom Martin reports. VirtualCourthouse resolves legal disputes on the internet fast, fair and efficient and for as little as $200 per party. Martin reports that the old way was 2 years and $5,000 while the new VirtualCourthouse way is 30 days and $200. Judge Monty tours the internet way to resolve disputes. has resolved a 1,000 disputes and continues to rapidly grow. It also provides a market place for arbitrators and mediators to market their services. Watch the program now.
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  • Since 1992, Judge Arthur M. Monty Ahalt( Ret.) has been tracking civil jury verdicts in the Circuit Court for Prince George’s County, Maryland. This effort was begun in order to provide litigants and their lawyers accurate information so that they could evaluate settlement proposals and the risk associated with trials. The best evidence of what a case is worth is a verdict in a simialr case.
  • Since 1992, Judge Arthur M. Monty Ahalt( Ret.) has been tracking civil jury verdicts in the Circuit Court for Prince George’s County, Maryland. This effort was begun in order to provide litigants and their lawyers accurate information so that they could evaluate settlement proposals and the risk associated with trials. The best evidence of what a case is worth is a verdict in a simialr case.
  • Since 1992, Judge Arthur M. Monty Ahalt( Ret.) has been tracking civil jury verdicts in the Circuit Court for Prince George’s County, Maryland. This effort was begun in order to provide litigants and their lawyers accurate information so that they could evaluate settlement proposals and the risk associated with trials. The best evidence of what a case is worth is a verdict in a simialr case.
  • Since 1992, Judge Arthur M. Monty Ahalt( Ret.) has been tracking civil jury verdicts in the Circuit Court for Prince George’s County, Maryland. This effort was begun in order to provide litigants and their lawyers accurate information so that they could evaluate settlement proposals and the risk associated with trials. The best evidence of what a case is worth is a verdict in a simialr case.
  • Since 1992, Judge Arthur M. Monty Ahalt( Ret.) has been tracking civil jury verdicts in the Circuit Court for Prince George’s County, Maryland. This effort was begun in order to provide litigants and their lawyers accurate information so that they could evaluate settlement proposals and the risk associated with trials. The best evidence of what a case is worth is a verdict in a simialr case.
  • Your case negotiations have stalled. Your last offer has been met with silence and your phone calls are not being returned. It appears that the only alternative is to file suit.Now is the time to go to and send your opponent an invitation to arbitrate or mediate. First step - review the list of neutrals - arbitrators and mediators- to identify the arbitrators or mediators you would like to consider. Second step – login or if do not have a username or login register. Third step – provide the information requested by each screen. If you get stuck call Karen Pelton, Director of Customer Service 301-458-0471 The rest is up to VirtualCourthouse. Your opponent will receive an e-mail and letter by mail which will provide the details of your invitation. The VirtualCourthouse staff will follow up with phone calls and provide you feed back. Many times stalled negotiations are re-started. You have absolutely nothing to lose – no fees are incurred until your opponent agrees to your invitation. And you have everything to gain. 1. An agreement that allows you stay out of court 2. A final settlement 3. Evidence of your sincere attempt to take a conciliatory rather than litigious approach. Try it – we know you will like it because thousands before you have.
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