Resolving High-Volume Disaster Disputes Quickly & Fairly
JAMS Mass Disasters Mediation, Arbitration, and ADR Programs
With limited court resources available for such massive litigation, plaintiffs, defendants, cross-defendants, and courts are eager to find alternatives to resolve disputes quickly and fairly. Class actions and other forms of aggregate litigation are usually not appropriate based on the nuances of these claims.
Further, in disasters where there can be thousands of lawsuits—often with a single defendant—traditional litigation can be excessively burdensome to claimants who need timely resolution to rebuild their lives. Third party defendants and insurance carriers, too, need solutions to address protracted litigation that consumes resources and diverts attention from normal business operations.
Since 1979, JAMS has demonstrated the tangible benefits associated with alternative dispute resolution (ADR); it is quicker, less expensive, and more flexible than traditional litigation. This is particularly true in complex, high-volume disaster claims with multiple parties.
JAMS experts work with stakeholders and courts to design programs that take into account the particular circumstances of the disasters and common themes of the claims. Protocols are established to ensure cases stay on track, resulting in process efficiencies that can allow claimants to have their claims paid faster, and defendants to more quickly get claims off of their books.
The efforts of JAMS neutrals are bolstered by administrators with expertise in supporting and scaling large disaster programs.
JAMS neutrals have resolved disaster claims with recoveries in the billions of dollars.
Who We Work With
Programs can be created through mediated approaches that include parties representing all sides of disaster disputes. JAMS also assists by serving within existing ADR frameworks.
JAMS works with representatives from all parties including:
- Governments (local, county, state, and federal governments and agencies)
- Insurance carriers
- Policyholder advocacy groups
- Utilities or other third party defendants
JAMS mediators and arbitrators successfully resolve cases ranging in size, industry and complexity, typically achieving results more efficiently and cost-effectively than through litigation. JAMS neutrals are skilled in all aspects of alternative dispute resolution (ADR), including mediation, arbitration, special masters, discovery referees, project neutrals and dispute review boards.
- John T. Pardun, Esq.
National Business Development Director
500 N. State College Blvd. 14th Floor
Orange, CA 92868