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Hon. Diane Welsh (Ret.) Appointed as Settlement Mediator in Philips CPAP Settlement Proceeding

Hon. Diane Welsh (Ret.) Appointed as Settlement Mediator in Philips CPAP Settlement Proceeding

Judge Welsh will oversee all parties’ negotiations in cases regarding defective CPAP devices

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Irvine, Calif. – JAMS, the largest private provider of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) services worldwide, is pleased to announce that Hon. Diane Welsh (Ret.) has been appointed to serve as the Settlement Mediator by the Honorable Joy Flowers Conti of the Western District of Pennsylvania, who is presiding over the Multidistrict Litigation which consolidated thousands of individual and class action lawsuits filed across the country bringing claims against Philips related to their recalled CPAP and BiPAP devices. In this role, Judge Welsh will oversee negotiations between all parties as well as other duties relating to settlement facilitation.

Judge Welsh has a knack for navigating complex cases with sensitivity, diligence and care. We believe that she will be an asset in moving these cases forward and reaching important settlement agreements for those impacted.

- Chris Poole, JAMS CEO

Over the past almost three decades, serving as both as JAMS neutral and United States magistrate judge, Judge Welsh has resolved over 5,000 matters spanning virtually every type of complex dispute. She is skilled in resolving high-stakes multi-party commercial disputes, employment matters, catastrophic personal injury cases, class actions, mass torts and multidistrict litigations. She has been recognized by the National Law Journal as an “ADR Champion” and was is ranked in the 2022 Chambers USA Guide in the Nationwide Mediators category.

About JAMS – Local Solutions. Global Reach.

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 in-person, virtual and hybrid resolution services locally and globally through a combination of industry-specific experience, first-class client service, the latest technology and highly trained mediators and arbitrators.

With a roster of over 400 neutrals and 29 locations, JAMS resolves thousands of the world’s important cases every year. JAMS neutrals are adept at managing the resolution process whether they are conducting in-person, virtual or hybrid hearings.

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