As mediation has become a more widely practiced method of dispute resolution, many jurisdictions have enacted rules forbidding participants to divulge information discussed during the mediation. Two recent cases, Paranzino v. Barnett Bank and Bernard v. Galen Group, are among the first to deal with the enforcement of such rules by judicial sanction. In both cases, participants in judicially required mediations were severely sanctioned for breaching confidentiality in violation of mediation rules and/or court orders.
Confidentiality in Mediation, 3 Harv. Negot. L. Rev. 285 (1998)