Monday, April 18, 2011

Good Friday Lessons for Lawyers

This is the week of Good Friday.  The Exxon Valdez oil spill happened in 1989 on Good Friday.  Twenty one years later, after a trial, a half dozen hearings before appellate courts, and an United States Supreme Court decision not based on existing case law, the case is almost over. 

21 years:  the American answer to Charles Dickens' Bleak House novel.  Sometimes, it doesn't matter how smartly one plays their hand, a well-financed defendant can cause a case to spin out of control


Monday, April 11, 2011

Confidential Settlements

Within the last few weeks, 2 clients of mine reached settlement agreements, one against Home Depot and another against a major paint manufacturer.  In each case, a condition of the settlement was that the client maintain the confidentiality of the settlement.

Why do companies insist on confidentiality?  It is to keep other accident victims uninformed.  It is for that reason that there is a benefit to retaining a knowledgeable and experienced personal injury lawyer.

You have to play your hand smartly.