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Pic of the Koreans here
http://www.chungfundraiser.com/
Permalink s 
July 17th, 2007 1:56pm
"The Chungs made three settlement offers-$3,000, $4,600 and $12,000. Importantly, these settlement offers were strategically made in a way so that, if Mr. Pearson does not recover more than these amounts at trial, then he will have to pay the Chungs' costs for this case." - http://www.manning-sossamon.com/pantfacts.htm

I didn't realize there was a legal strategy behind their early settlement offers.
Permalink Practical Economist 
July 17th, 2007 3:05pm
> I didn't realize there was a legal strategy behind their early settlement offers.

I'll try to act surprised that you didn't realize.
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July 17th, 2007 3:47pm
Wow, you realized that there was a law in DC where a refused settlement offer for $X could later be used to get attorney's fees if the suit failed to win at least $X?

That's amazing. You must have a lot of knowledge of DC laws. How come you never said anything about this earlier?

Me, I just assumed they were offering the cash to settle the suit and make the guy go away, not to set a trap for him if his suit failed.

Gosh, you are so smart to have figured that out.
Permalink Practical Economist 
July 18th, 2007 2:31am
> Wow, you realized that there was a law in DC where a refused settlement offer for $X could later be used to get attorney's fees if the suit failed to win at least $X?


I didn't know the specifics of DC laws.  But I do know that many (most?) places do have rules where if you offer to settle in this kind of dispute, and the guy continues to sue and gets less than your settlement offer, he has to pay costs (not attorney fees which are different - and BTW the article points out the difference between) in excess of the offered settlement, or costs after the settlement offer.  That's actually pretty routine.

While there can be limitations about the above, it would be very surprising if given competent representation, (which the Koreans appear to have had), that they wouldn't position themselves to make best use of the rules.
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July 18th, 2007 4:57am

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