October 27, 2020
Irvine, Calif. – JAMS, the largest provider of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) services worldwide, is pleased to announce that, effective October 7, 2020, all claims related to San Francisco’s Millennium Tower settlement have been confirmed as fully resolved by the tower’s homeowners’ association, the Millennium Tower Association. A team of JAMS mediators, led by Hon. Daniel Weinstein (Ret.) and including Hon. Ronald Sabraw (Ret.) and Gerald Kurland, Esq., contributed to this significant achievement.
Spanning many years, this dispute began after the building at 301 Mission Street in San Francisco started settling at a higher rate than expected. As part of the successful resolution of related litigation claims, the Millennium Tower Association will be fully compensated for retrofitting the building, and individual homeowners will be offered compensation as well.
With 102 lawyers representing numerous public and private entities, and over 30 insurance companies involved, this mediation was one of the biggest challenges I have faced in my 32 years of high-stakes, complex mediation. This settlement was made possible through the tireless and creative teamwork of two great mediators, Jerry Kurland and Judge Ronald Sabraw; a fabulous neutral expert, Dr. Steven Kramer; outstanding homeowners association leadership; and excellent attorneys all around.
- Hon. Daniel Weinstein (Ret.), JAMS Neutral
Construction of the retrofit for Millennium Tower is scheduled to begin in November 2020. The structural upgrade, known as the Perimeter Pile Upgrade, involves installing 52 new concrete piles into bedrock 250 feet below ground and then connecting the new piles to the tower’s existing foundation. That plan is designed to ensure that there is no substantial future settlement.
These outstanding neutrals are known for their astute abilities to resolve complex matters. We are thrilled to see that, through their skills and determination, this years-long dispute has reached an end and a new chapter can begin for Millennium Tower.
- Chris Poole, JAMS President and CEO
“We are pleased that our JAMS team could bring the building occupants and the city of San Francisco a fair, safe and just resolution while sparing the public courts a decade of contentious litigation,” added Judge Weinstein.
More information on the settlement and planned upgrades can be found on the Millennium Tower website.
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Founded in 1979, JAMS is the largest private provider of alternative dispute resolution services worldwide. JAMS successfully resolves and manages business and legal disputes by providing efficient, cost-effective and impartial ways to overcome barriers at any stage of conflict. JAMS offers customized dispute resolution services locally and globally through a combination of industry-specific experience, first-class client service, top-notch facilities and highly trained panelists.
With a roster of over 400 neutrals and 29 locations, JAMS resolves thousands of the world’s important cases every year. JAMS also offers remote dispute resolution through videoconferencing and other platforms. JAMS neutrals are adept at managing the resolution process whether they are conducting in-person or virtual hearings.