Originally Posted by PistolPete
You might think its his mistake but the company took responsibility so you are wrong.
Companies don't just settle if they don't think they are not at fault they will fight it.
The problem is, court fee's are much more than $4500. Companies settle (EVEN IF THEY ARE TRULY NOT AT FAULT) because it is cheaper for them to pay the $4500 than it is to pay lawyers to go to court and win. Even if they win they wont get that money or time back, which is ridiculous in my opinion. If you take a company to court and you loose you should be the one paying the court fee's, but then again how do you collect on someone that probably doesn't have the money to pay for the fee's in the first place? I have seen many a company go bankrupt because of lawsuits that they tried to fight but ran out of money in the end and couldn't pay their lawyers anymore, where as John Doe didn't have to pay court fee's because he got some low life ambulance chaser that only gets paid if he wins.
I am still shocked and amazed that they gave you that much. If someone's cell phone stops working because AT&T turned off their towers to do some maintenance and that person lost a deal for $10,000,000 because they couldn't call the other party back does that make AT&T liable for that loss?
*off the soap box
as someone already pointed out this is beating a dead horse.