Do Most Cases Settle Before They Reach the Courtroom?
Most cases settle before court. Again, the employer has certain risks, that in the time and expense of litigation they could be hit with a large jury verdict. In the labor and employment sphere, often many of the statutes that regulate employee-employer relations also allow for the attorneys, the prevailing employee’s attorney to make a fee application and so, therefore, even after we get a verdict, we can apply under certain statutes to get additional attorneys fees paid and the employer often has to pay that also. Now, that’s kind of like an axe over the employers neck, because not only could they lose the underlying claim which sometimes may only be over ten or fifty or a hundred thousand dollars, but we’ve had fee applications after such cases where we make a fee application for a million dollars, so our time is very valuable and we are recognized by most of the courts in the state of California, both state and federal, and we’ve made fee applications to many of them and they regularly grant them all. Initial contacts are free, we have free consultations with any contact.