Litigants wanting to use information hammered out during confidential mediations must make that perfectly clear in writing, the California Supreme Court ruled unanimously Thursday.

The court said parties must go beyond the vague language of a state statute that allows parties to use a settlement agreement prepared during mediation in later legal proceedings — if the document specifically says it’s admissible, subject to disclosure or “words to that effect.”

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