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Two-party negotiation between lawyers for an auto mechanic and a customer over a disputed auto repair bill
Note: This simulation is also available in a four-party version (with roles for two lawyers and two clients) here.
Susan Garfield has a billing dispute with John Eazer, owner of a local garage, over some work done on Garfield's car. Finding the bill significantly higher than the original informal estimate, Garfield angrily confronted Eazer. Eazer prepared a second bill at an even higher figure. Frustrated, Garfield returned to the garage after closing time with a spare key and drove her car home, without paying anything. Eazer turned to his child-in-law, an attorney, wishing to file a criminal complaint. When phoned, Garfield referred the attorney to her father, a senior partner in a local law firm. Garfield's father is letting one of his young associates handle the case.
This case takes 30-45 minutes to negotiate, either one-on-one or two-on-two. Debriefing can take from 45 minutes to 2 hours.
Confidential Instructions for:
- John Eazer's Attorney
- Susan Garfield's Attorney
- Optional Mediator (Spanish version only)
- Sample Preparation Memo
Teacher's Package (30 pages total):
- All of the Above
- Teaching Note (English version only; non-English versions do not include a Teaching Note)
- Tension between empathy and assertiveness, especially in the context of a long-term relationship.
- The relevance and uses of objective criteria.
- Negotiating in the shadow of the law (and under the threat of a possible lawsuit).
- Balance among short-term and long-term interests, including financial, relationship, reputation, and emotional interests.
- Role of agents (such as lawyers) in negotiating a resolution to an emotional dispute between clients with a long-term relationship.
- Questions about what constitutes "success" in this negotiation? Is it making the other side back down? Avoiding litigation? Getting a "fair"deal? What are the criteria for a "good" outcome in negotiation?
Anchoring; Apologies; Attorney/Client relations; Authority; BATNA; Bluffing; Communication; Education, as a means; Emotions; Ethics; Joint gains; Information exchange; Lawyering; Legitimacy; Litigation analysis; Meaning of "success"; Objective criteria; Offers, first; Partisan perceptions; Public opinion; Relationship; Separating the people from the problem; Systems of negotiation; Threats; Yesable propositions.
ENHANCED VERSION AVAILABLE:
A digitally enhanced version of this simulation is available through the iDecisionGames platform and includes the following features:
- An Instructor’s Guide summarizing the negotiation concepts covered in the simulation, a quick review of simulation logistics, and a ready-to-use set of debriefing slides;
- Highlights from background readings that will help both students and instructors gain a better understanding of negotiation concepts and methods covered in the simulation;
- Pre- and post-simulation questionnaires instructors can use gauge each student’s grasp of the core concepts before and after participating in the simulation;
- PowerPoint slides that introduce key concepts before the simulation and highlight lessons for debriefing;
- Real time, interactive, data analytics provided via the iDecisionGames platform.
Eazy's Garage Attributes
|Time required:||1-2 hours|
|Number of participants:||2|
|Neutral third party present:||None|
|Teaching notes available:||Yes|
|Non-English version available:||Bulgarian, German, French, Spanish|