Johns lawsuit gets go-ahead from judge
Original post made on Nov 3, 2009
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on Nov 3, 2009 at 1:01 am
There is a typical formula for litigation that goes as follows:
Client (being sued): We hate that ^!*#$.
Attorney: I know. Don't worry, we can get the case knocked out of court for far less than what they're offering to settle.
Client: That's music to my ears.
…later on… (with many legal fees accrued to Attorney)
Attorney: I'm really amazed by that judge's ruling. Well, I do understand your desire to settle the case at this point. I'll prepare the settlement agreement.
In the private sector, the profit motive usually puts an end run around this game well before the public sector. After all, if Atherton refuses a $10,000 settlement offer, and spends $500,000 on the litigation, who is held responsible? Seemingly no one. They'll just go for an increased parcel tax, increased fees on routine items, etc. (For that matter, does anyone know what the success factors are for Jerry Gruber?).
The morale of this story is that the Johns lawsuit should have been settled long ago, for the $10,000. It makes sense to settle it now for far more, and try to use that bitter pill to break the vicious cycle of how attorneys have been milking the Town of Atherton.
By the way, whoever the attorneys have been for Atherton in the Johns lawsuit have, in my opinion, given very poor advice. The last thing you want to do in a case with an ordinary person suing an organization is to make that person look like a victim by coming down on them like a ton of bricks.
on Nov 3, 2009 at 9:28 am
I t is unsurprizing that the Almanac has not listed this article on the home page nor does it appear in the print edition. Even though the judges ruling came a full week ago and the Almanac was invited to attend the hearing. Other local papers addressed the topic last week. The decision to ignore the Johns topic except as desribed by staff writer Marsala, through out the last several years has been a great disservice to the entire community, not only to Mr Johns. More than shameful.....
on Nov 3, 2009 at 4:11 pm
I too cannot understand the deletion of posts by the Almanac, particularly on issues concerning John Johns and his legal actions. If his long battle results in a victory for him (I believe it will), he will be owed multiple apologies. Let's not forget, he did a great job for this town as finance director, and the finance committee verified that.