Kansas AG launches mediation program

Chris Rizo Feb. 19, 2009, 1:00pm

Steve Six (D)

TOPEKA, Kansas (Legal Newsline)-Hoping to help resolve disputes between consumers and businesses, Kansas Attorney General Steve Six has launched a new mediation program.

The program is aimed at preventing minor disputes from having to be resolved in already-overwhelmed state courts, the attorney general said.

"Through my new mediation program, we can return money to consumers without stepping foot in a courtroom," Six said. "This program will help us efficiently assist Kansas consumers while saving on the cost of expensive litigation."

Under the program, consumers who have filed a complaint with the attorney general's Consumer Protection Division are able to participate. The voluntary process allows for an independent mediator to help resolve the dispute.

"My new mediation program will limit costs for all parties and speed up the process of resolving conflicts between consumers and businesses," the Democratic attorney general said. "Mediation can play a key role in solving consumer problems and saving state resources."

Last year, Kansas ranked tenth among all fifty states in the fairness of its litigation environment, an annual Harris Poll survey of in-house corporate counsels around the nation indicated.

From Legal Newsline: Reach staff reporter Chris Rizo at chrisrizo@legalnewsline.com.

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