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2 PerspectivesJune 6, 2009

Settlement Perspectives: The Newsletter, June 2009

A Brief FYI for Readers Seeing This as a Post Online:

This continues the series of Settlement Perspectives Newsletters I started in January, sent occasionally to those who have requested the email version. If you’d like to receive future editions directly, feel free to send me an email or sign up using the space provided on the right and I’ll put you on the list. Future newsletters will be posted here only occasionally. Thanks–



Dear Newsletter Reader–

Welcome to another issue of Settlement Perspectives’ occasional newsletter, designed to explore even further what we usually discuss — thoughts on how to resolve disputes and get your deal done.

These newsletters are designed to deliver three things:

  1. A preview of upcoming posts on Settlement Perspectives;
  2. Recent news, comments and miscellaneous information; and
  3. Highlights of recent posts on Settlement Perspectives.

A Quick Restructuring Update

As many of you know from my most recent post, BearingPoint, Inc., the company I serve as general counsel, filed a voluntary Chapter 11 Petition before the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York on February 18th.  I have linked to a few of BearingPoint’s press releases issued since then, which should explain why you haven’t heard much from me lately.  Since our initial Chapter 11 filing we:

  1. Announced the planned sale of substantially all of our businesses to a number of parties, including our agreement to sell BearingPoint’s Public Sector business unit to Deloitte LLP;
  2. Closed the sale of BearingPoint’s Public Sector business unit to Deloitte LLP;
  3. Signed and later closed an agreement to sell BearingPoint’s Japan operations to PWC Advisory Co., Ltd.; and
  4. Signed an agreement to sell BearingPoint’s Commercial Services business unit to PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP and obtained court approval for that sale following an all-night auction that was an experience unlike any other.

Other News, Comments and Events

I am happy to report that the ACC Docket featured as its May 2009 cover article a piece that Wendy Toolin Breau of Ernst & Young and I coauthored on managing insurance relationships in the midst of significant litigation, entitled “‘Bet the Company’ Litigation from a Policyholder’s Perspective”.  You’ll see a follow-up post (or two) to this article in August.

I’m also happy to include links to the materials from two of the presentations I have been involved in this spring:

What’s Next on Settlement Perspectives?

What’s in the pipeline at Settlement Perspectives — what’s next on the editorial calendar? While topics change to fit events (and, admittedly, moods and whims), posts with the following working titles are in various stages of research and preparation; you should see each of the following in late June and July:

  • UDR:  An Introduction to Unconventional Dispute Resolution;
  • Lawsuit Settlement:  7 Ways to Get there Faster, Better and Cheaper;
  • Is There a Business Case for Settlement Counsel?;  and
  • One Way to Take Your Early Case Assessment to the Next Level.

As always, if you have a topic related to negotiation or settlement you’d like to see explored on Settlement Perspectives, please don’t hesitate to let me know.

Recent Posts

In case they slipped past you, check out the most recent posts on Settlement Perspectives:

If you missed any of these, you can receive a regular feed of Settlement Perspectives posts by clicking here. Still not sure about this whole RSS thing? Daniel Schwartz gives a great explanation about how RSS Feeds and blog subscriptions work, which are time-savers as well, on his Connecticut Employment Law Blog.

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John DeGroote
Settlement Perspectives
(214) 823-0302

Categories: Blogging,Mediation,Miscellaneous,Newsletters

2 Perspectives:

Diane LevinFriday, June 12, 2009 4:52 am

John, I eagerly await your return to blogging. Your posts have added significant value to the conversation online about negotiation and ADR. Your voice has been missed, and I’m glad to learn that the radio silence ends at last on June 18. I’ll look forward to it.

John DeGrooteFriday, June 12, 2009 7:30 pm


Thanks for the welcome back, and know that we all appreciate the support you give to the bloggers in our area–


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