Monday, November 17, 2008

The swift hand of justice

Next time you consider whether you really want to litigate a case, consider the following case study.

On Friday, I reported about a case in which a jury vindicated a city administrator whose secretary accused him of sexual harassment for staring at her breasts. She filed her case in December 2002. In July 2006, the trial court dismissed the lawsuit on the employer’s motion for summary judgment. In February 2008, the court of appeals reversed that ruling. The trial was finally held on October 31, 2008, nearly six years after the case was originally brought. On Point reports this saga has cost the employer nearly $400,000 to defend. And, it’s not over yet. The plaintiff has filed a motion for new trial, and when that is denied, she’ll likely go back to the court of appeals. Everyone had their day in court, but at what cost?