A patron injured by a bar brawl allegedly instigated by the bar's bouncer settled her personal injury claim against the bar.
A 2006 confidential settlement between Bill Cosby and Andrea Constand was sealed upon motion. However, Mr. Cosby's attorneys may have neglected to seal Mr. Cosby's deposition taken in that case, which may have created a loophole for the media to obtain a copy of the deposition, even though the case had been sealed.
Videotaped visual evidence is rare, but if available, is very powerful. The settlement reached in this case was no doubt fueled by the visual evidence that was available.
Opening statements at mediation can jeopardize chances for settlement. It may be best to agree to forgo making opening statements so as not to begin the mediation on an adversarial note.