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Litigation is expensive and unpredictable. Attorneys are often asked by clients to estimate the expense of a case. The actual cost frequently exceeds the most careful, good faith estimate as so many unpredictable things can occur.
Uncertainty can be caused by actions of the adversary, the adversary’s counsel, the trial judge, and also the jury in jury trial matters. Then there is the expense of an appeal, too. And, of course, no attorney can ethically advise the client (or guarantee) a specific outcome.
Clients are thus frequently turning to mediation, and in some instances arbitration, as a means of getting a less expensive, and less burdensome, resolution of their matters.
Arbitration is similar to a court proceeding, where the arbitrators(s) receive evidence and make a decision in favor of one party or the other. Normally, there is no right to appeal. Arbitration awards may be challenged via a “petition to vacate” in the appropriate state or federal court, but the grounds for relief are much narrower than the appellate rights that pertain in court litigation.
Mediation services are negotiations conducted under the auspices of a skilled mediator. The mediator does not decide who is right or wrong, but instead helps the parties find common ground so they can settle their dispute with less expense, less aggravation, less time and less uncertainty. The disputants are then able to move on with their lives. Often it is a “win-win” outcome.
I have been trained in mediation by the International Trademark Association. I attended the basic mediation course at the annual meeting in San Diego in 2015, and the advanced course at the annual meeting in Orlando in 2016. I also completed the 40-hour mediation training course offered by the American Arbitration Association in Philadelphia in 2016, and the Spring 2019 Supplemental Civil Mediation Training program sponsored by the New Jersey Association of Professional Mediators.
I serve as a member of the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Committee of the International Trademark Association (INTA). I am also on the INTA Panel of Trademark Mediators. I am also a qualified mediator on the roster of New Jersey court-approved civil mediators.
Mediation and Arbitration Services
I conduct mediation services as a “Judge Pro Tem” in the Court of Common Pleas for Philadelphia County, and also in the Commerce Court. The greatest compliment is when the parties and/or attorneys thank me for helping them get the matter resolved.
If you have accident claims, intellectual property litigations, or pre-litigation matters, or defamation lawsuits that you need assistance in resolving, I would be pleased to discuss my mediation and arbitration services. I look forward to being of service.
Practice Areas Include:
Intellectual Property Law
Patent Infringement Cases
Trade Secret Cases
Right of Publicity Cases
Insurance Bad Faith
Wrongful use of Civil Proceedings
Selected Significant Reported Cases
High Concrete Structures, Inc. v. New Enterprise Stone and Lime Co., Inc., 377 F.3d 1379 (Fed. Cir. 2004). Obtained reversal in the Court of Appeals of a summary judgment order holding the plaintiff’s patent invalid for alleged non-compliance with § 112 of the Patent Act.
In re Berger, 279 F.3d 975 (Fed. Cir. 2002). Briefed and won affirmance of a decision by the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences declining the patent applicant’s request to declare an interference with an issued patent.
Sun Pipe Line Company v. Tri-State Telecommunications, Inc., 655 A.2d 112 (Pa.Super. 1994) (argued). Obtained affirmance of a jury verdict for over $8,000,000 for Sun Pipe Line Company from joint tort-feasors for the environmental clean-up of ground-water contamination from unleaded gasoline that leaked from the ruptured pipeline.
Melso v. Sun Pipe Line Company, 576 A.2d 999 (Pa.Super. 1990) (argued), alloc. den., 593 A.2d 842 (Pa. 1991). Was first chair at the jury trial and obtained affirmance of a defense verdict where plaintiffs claimed personal injuries from exposure to benzene stemming from the rupture of the defendant’s petroleum pipeline, which was transporting unleaded gasoline at the time of the accident. Also obtained reversal of the trial court’s holding that Sun Pipe Line Company was strictly liable.
United States v. Frezzo Brothers, Inc., 461 F.Supp. 266 (E.D. Pa. 1978), affirmed, 602 F.2d 1123 (3d Cir. 1979) (argued), cert. den., 444 U.S. 1074 (1980). Obtained convictions of industrial polluters, including officers, in a jury trial in one the earliest criminal prosecutions under the Clean Water Act. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit issued a precedent-setting opinion affirming the convictions and defining the reach of criminal conduct in prosecutions under the Clean Water Act. Subsequently defeated post-conviction proceedings in which the defendants sought to overturn their convictions.
E.I. DuPont De Nemours and Company v. Train, 383 F.Supp. 1244 (W.D. Va. 1974), affirmed, 528 F.2d 1136 (4th Cir. 1975), affirmed, 430 U.S. 112 (1977). Won a motion to dismiss for the EPA on chemical manufacturers’ challenge to effluent regulations under the Clean Water Act. The district court held it did not have jurisdiction, and this was affirmed in the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court. This was a seminal decision construing the Clean Water Act.
Bruce J. Chasan – Reported Cases – Counsel Of Record, Trial And Appeal
Bone Care International, LLC, et al. v. Pentech Pharmaceuticals, Inc., et al., 862 F.Supp.2d 790, 2012 WL 987121 (N.D. Ill. March 22, 2012)
Bone Care International, LLC, et al. v. Pentech Pharmaceuticals, Inc., et al., 741 F.Supp.2d 865 (N.D. Ill., Sept. 17, 2010)
Bone Care International, LLC, et al. v. Pentech Pharmaceuticals, Inc., et al., 741 F.Supp.2d 854 (N.D. Ill., Sept. 17, 2010), modified, 2010 WL 4102264 (N.D. Ill., Oct. 6, 2010)
Sanofi-Synthelabo, et al. v. Apotex, Inc., et al., 492 F.Supp.2d 353 (S.D. N.Y. 2007), affirmed, 550 F.3d 1075 (Fed. Cir. 2008)
In Re Omeprazole Patent Litigation, 490 F.Supp.2d 381 (S.D. N.Y. 2007), affirmed, 536 F.3d 1361 (Fed. Cir. 2008)
Sanofi-Synthelabo, et al. v. Apotex, Inc., et al., 488 F.Supp.2d 317 (S.D. N.Y. 2006), affirmed, 470 F.3d 1368 (Fed. Cir. 2006) (argued)
High Concrete Structures, Inc. v. New Enterprise Stone and Lime Co., Inc., 377 F.3d 1379 (Fed. Cir. 2004)
Sanofi-Synthelabo, et al. v. Apotex, Inc., et al., 299 F. Supp.2d 303 (S.D. N.Y. 2004), rev’d on reconsideration, 363 F.Supp.2d 592 (S.D. N.Y. 2005)
In re Berger, 279 F.3d 975 (Fed. Cir. 2002)
J.E.M. AG Supply, Inc. v. Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc., 534 U.S. 124 (2001)
Weiss v. United States, 146 F.Supp.2d 113 (D. Mass. 2001)
Haselrig v. Liberty Mutual Insurance Co., 19 F.Supp.2d 392 (E.D. Pa. 1998)
Sun Pipe Line Company v. Tri-State Telecommunications, Inc., 655 A.2d 112 (Pa.Super. 1994) (argued)
Melso v. Sun Pipe Line Company, 576 A.2d 999 (Pa.Super. 1990) (argued), alloc. den., 593 A.2d 842 (Pa. 1991)
Cipriani v. Sun Pipe Line Company, 574 A.2d 706 (Pa.Super. 1990) (argued), alloc. den., 593 A.2d 842, 843 (Pa. 1991)
Davis Enterprises, Inc. v. United States Environmental Protection Agency, 877 F.2d 1181 (3d Cir. 1989), cert. den., 493 U.S. 1070 (1990)
Appeal of Sun Pipe Line Company, 831 F.2d 22 (1st Cir. 1987) (argued), cert. den., 486 U.S. 1055 (1988)
United States v. Frezzo Brothers, Inc., 546 F.Supp. 713 (E.D. Pa. 1982), affirmed, 703 F.2d 62 (3d Cir. 1983) (argued), cert. den., 464 U.S. 829 (1983)
United States v. Frezzo Brothers, Inc., 491 F.Supp. 1339 (E.D. Pa. 1980), reversed, 642 F.2d 59 (3d Cir. 1981) (argued)
United States v. Oxford Royal Mushroom Products, Inc., 487 F.Supp. 852 (E.D. Pa. 1980)
United States v. 0.78 Acres of Land, More or Less, Situate in Berks County, Pennsylvania, 81 F.R.D. 618 (E.D. Pa. 1979), affirmed mem., 609 F.2d 502 (3d Cir. 1979)
United States v. Frezzo Brothers, Inc., 461 F.Supp. 266 (E.D. Pa. 1978), affirmed, 602 F.2d 1123 (3d Cir. 1979) (argued), cert. den., 444 U.S. 1074 (1980)
United States v. McNair, 439 F.Supp. 103 (E.D. Pa. 1977)
United States v. Yeich, 74 F.R.D. 561 (E.D. Pa. 1977)
Ward v. Coleman, 423 F.Supp. 1352 (W.D. Okla. 1976)
Lloyd A. Fry Roofing Company v. United States Environmental Protection Agency, 415 F.Supp. 799 (W.D. Mo. 1976)
United States v. Independent Stave Company, 406 F.Supp. 886 (W.D. Mo. 1975)
State of Maryland v. Environmental Protection Agency, 530 F.2d 215 (4th Cir. 1975) (argued), vacated and remanded sub nom. Environmental Protection Agency v. Brown, 431 U.S. 99 (1977)
District of Columbia v. Train, 524 F.2d 971 (D.C. Cir. 1975) (argued), vacated and remanded sub nom. Environmental Protection Agency v. Brown, 431 U.S. 99 (1977)
Peabody Coal Company v. Train, 518 F.2d 940 (6th Cir. 1975) (argued)
Recent Cases Reported on Westlaw®:
Egan Jones Rating Company v. Pruette, 2017 WL 4883155 (E.D. Pa. Oct. 30, 2017)
Egan Jones Rating Company v. Pruette, 2017 WL 345632 (E.D. Pa. Jan. 24, 2017)