Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2002/03/26

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Subject: Re: [Leica] Uh.... earth to wannabe lawyers
Date: Tue, 26 Mar 2002 09:50:14 EST

Austin is right, with a caveat that follows.

In a message dated 3/26/02 9:13:59 AM Eastern Standard Time, writes:

> Some  personal injury cases are entirely legitimate, but a large number of 
>  ones I hear about (and know first hand) are just absurd, and would not go
>  anywhere unless some unscrupulous lawyer got involved. requires an unscrupulous plaintiff to get to the unscrupulous 
lawyer. And a problem that follows is that too many judges allow frivolous 
cases to go too far, costing defendants - most often insurance companies - 
enough wasted money that they prefer to settle cases. I once represented a 
corporation whose management and board of directors decided that it would not 
settle frivilous claims. It would and did settle claims it considered 
legitimate, and there were a few. But it decided it wanted to establish a 
reputation for willingness to fight frivilous claims to the bitter end, no 
matter what the cost in legal expense. It want plaintiffs and plaintiffs 
counsel to know
that if they started a frivilous lawsuit they ha better be prepared to go all 
the way and, in the end, lose the suit. After a while, frivilous lawsuits 
against the company dried up. I've been strongly in favor of tort reform for 
25 years.

Seth, lawyer         
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