A federal district court in New Jersey has issued a mediation order to help resolve the long-running dispute between Wyndham Hotels and the Federal Trade Commission over the FTC’s authority to regulate companies’ data security practices.  This despite the fact that Wyndham’s interlocutory appeal of the district court’s earlier ruling in favor of the FTC is already before the Third Circuit.  The order requires the parties to have confidential meetings with a former chief judge from the district.  During the mediation process, formal discovery will be stayed.  It seems doubtful the mediation will succeed, since both parties have turned this case into a test case over the FTC’s authority over data security.