Blawgletter sometimes has a special talk with dear clients.  We discuss that, in litigation, insisting on principles costs money.  Business lawsuits almost always boil down to dollars and cents — how much should Party A pay Party B in light of the cost of trying the case and the risk that trial will produce a bad (and perhaps a very bad) outcome?  A client’s demand for vindication, for justice, for healing puts things on a wholly different dimension, one at which the law-and-economics crowd might not-so-politely guffaw.

Blawgletter doesn’t laugh.  We love to hear clients say, with passion and conviction, that they want nothing so much as justice.  Does that eliminate the economics of litigation?  No.  But it does make lawyering so much more fun.

Barry Barnett

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