settle a dispute

See: mediate
References in classic literature ?
"I should like you to settle a dispute that has long been a bother to me, as to whether there is more water or land in the world."
The client had asked the firm to settle a dispute involving a disgruntled employee who had accused a senior manager of taking kickbacks from a vendor.
At the other end of the dispute resolution spectrum is negotiation, the process in which the parties directly discuss their differences to settle a dispute or manage conflict.
The term DR describes any process designed to settle a dispute without litigation.