Not So Sweet Emotion

I will never understand why it is that when I offer someone money to settle a lawsuit, they act as though they’ve been insulted. I can understand a reaction of “No, that isn’t enough.” But I simply can’t comprehend someone saying “F— you too!” when what I just did was try to give away my client’s money.

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Burt Likko

Pseudonymous Portlander. Homebrewer. Atheist. Recovering litigator. Recovering Republican. Recovering Catholic. Recovering divorcé. Recovering Former Editor-in-Chief of Ordinary Times. House Likko's Words: Scite Verum. Colite Iusticia. Vivere Con Gaudium.


  1. My guess is that most people sue other people not to recoup costs but to punish. The idea is to publicly humiliate someone who wronged them. In this case, If a settlement is low, you are trying to weasel out of a punishment. But if it is high then you are trying to buy their sense of right and wrong by, from their viewpoint, convincing them to not pursue justice.So its lose-lose 🙁

  2. But your an attorney. No it isn't right or smart to yell at someone who is offering you money. Do they know you might be a judge someday?

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