4 Jun 2015

A thought on lawsuits

Speaking of lawyers, I was talking to a reporter about the MWD-SDCWA dispute over delivering water in Southern California (yes. again) that's been going on for 20+ years.

I pointed out that the lawsuit has been going so long because each side is using Other People's Money (ratepayers) to pursue their personal interests (mostly about money and power) and because few ratepayers even know that they suit is happening or that they are paying its $50 million (and counting) tab.

This leads me -- in the absence of firing Jeff Kightlinger and Maureen Stapleton -- to think of ways to end zero-sum lawsuits that are destroying value with every passing day.

So, let's say that after a limit (two years?) that one of these events will occur:
  1. Flip a coin, declare a winner.
  2. Allow each side to argue its case for one hour to a jury who then picks a winner.
  3. Trial by combat.
Which do you like? Pros/cons? Better ideas?