The pending dispute between Peter Atkins and Linda Martin over Henny has not been resolved. Eventing Nation reports
A source close to the situation tells me that Peter Atkins and Linda Martin both attended mediation on Tuesday, 7th December with their attorneys, but no agreement was reached on Tuesday after several hours of mediation. Mediation is where both parties and their respective lawyers meet together with an independent attorney in an attempt to reach an agreement out of court–it’s a way to save time and money and reach a compromise.
That’s really a shame. Mediation was a good option. This type of situation (complicated and specific to the sport) is difficult to explain to a judge. Once they go to court the attorneys fees pile up and the decision is no longer in the hands of the people who care the most for the horse.
When I was in the midst of a legal dispute last year, my attorney warned me that going to court would be expensive and there was no guarantee that I would win, even though he thought I was “right.” In the end I settled. I hope they find a way to settle, too.
Since no one but the two of them knows the specifics of the agreement. I won’t speculate on who should prevail, but it’s almost a certainty that no one will be happy if this goes to court. Sigh.