APPEARANCE AT MEDIATION OF PERSONS WITH AUTHORITY TO SETTLE If a civil case has been ordered to mediation, in which the amount in controversy is under $50,000 (Code Civ. Proc. Sec. 1775.5), all parties, including insurance representatives with authority to settle or recommend settlement and attorneys of record, must attend all mediation sessions in person unless excused by the mediator or permitted by the mediator to attend by telephone. (California Rule of Court 3.894; L.A….