First, Kill All the Lawyers – Again (They Grow Like Weeds and Are Just As Attractive)

Settlement of the year | Power Line

Mr. Berman, 58 years old, in an interview this week, said the case against Toyota had several challenges, particularly after the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration could find no evidence of electrical glitches in Toyota’s throttle control system.

The lack of merit to the case unfortunately no deterrent to the attorneys’ fee award. On the contrary, I believe it may be one of the factors that can be used to support enhancement of an award of fees under the rubric of “risk.” This was a risky plaintiffs’ case into which the attorneys devoted their resources. The Journal touches on it at the end of its sidebar:

Given the risks and expense of dragging the case to its jury trial conclusion, however, it made sense for both sides to settle it, [Berman] said.

“After two years of intense work, including deposing hundreds of engineers, poring over thousands of documents and examining millions of lines of software code, we are pleased that Toyota has agreed to a settlement that was both extraordinarily hard-fought and is exceptionally far-reaching,” Mr. Berman said in a statement.

The practice of law in America has become largely the practice of extortion. Which figures, given that the nation is ruled by lawyers bent on looting the nation of anything of value they can get their greasy, greedy hands on.

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About Bill Quick

I am a small-l libertarian. My primary concern is to increase individual liberty as much as possible in the face of statist efforts to restrict it from both the right and the left. If I had to sum up my beliefs as concisely as possible, I would say, "Stay out of my wallet and my bedroom," "your liberty stops at my nose," and "don't tread on me." I will believe that things are taking a turn for the better in America when married gays are able to, and do, maintain large arsenals of automatic weapons, and tax collectors are, and do, not.


First, Kill All the Lawyers – Again (They Grow Like Weeds and Are Just As Attractive) — 1 Comment

  1. I agree for the most part but I have to say that Toyota didn’t help their case. If they had US lawyers worth their high retainers fees they would have been advised not to “apologize” before the facts of the case were determined. I knew as soon as they “fell on their swords” they were wide open to lawsuits perhaps without merit because of this. It’s a cultural thing. Of course their high powered US lawyers didn’t advise their clients fast enough to prevent them from screwing themselves. Of course, US lawyers all belong to a domestic guild so it is all in the family and only some foreigners who get screwed.

    Of course, some foreigners will get the message that a “premium” for biased or unpredictable US rule of law needs to be charged before doing business is the US. Hey, just another bananarepublicinationing of the US, but the POTUS sees nothing wrong with that. That’s the way Indonesia works so why not the US? As long as the “law” only applies to the peasants.

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