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When To Appeal?

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

The Winklevoss twins keep suing over Facebook, but sometimes long-term lawsuits pay off. Jami Floyd, legal analyst, sometime guest host for the Brian Lehrer Show, and IAFC blogger, fields calls about what goes into decisions about when to sue, when to appeal, and when to give up the case.

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Jami Floyd

Comments [6]

I walked away from suing the nonprofit I worked for many years ago. I had records of shifting USAID funds from one project to another. Moreover, they were vulnerable because they just had a case of racial discrimination awarded against them. I had just given birth to my son and my boss wanted me to claim fewer hours than I actually worked. I kept perfect records of how many hours I actually worked even though they paid me only half time. As with many nonprofits, they got into trouble because my boss overspent the USAID budget by double the amount. So when they "reorganized" out all the women, instead of suing I told them I wanted to be paid for all the hours they didn't pay and Cobra for 18 months. I got out quickly. Those that sued, spent a lot of time and money and got less.

Apr. 13 2011 11:00 AM

A long time ago, I went into business with a good friend and then the relationship soured and it turned litigious. I decided to walk away from the lawsuit and lost everything. But it was better than fighting with what turned out to be a very crazy couple.

Apr. 13 2011 10:53 AM
nathanial from Westchester

Jarndyce v Jarndyce I believe is Bleak House (Dickens).

Apr. 13 2011 10:52 AM
Theresa from Brooklyn

Pedantic point here: "Jarndyce vs. Jarndyce" was <i>Bleak House.</i>

Apr. 13 2011 10:51 AM
Ben from Park Slope

If the Winklevi really believe that they have the drive to move a startup forward then I suggest they take their $200 Million settlement, buy Friendster (it would probably cost only a few million dollars these days), and they could then stick it to Zuckerberg and show him the strength of their ideas.

(And, bluntly speaking, I've met few children of privilege who are willing to put in the hours and energy to do this.)

Otherwise, they should shut up, walk away, and drink their morning tea.

Apr. 13 2011 10:51 AM
MP from Brooklyn

Am I the first to write in to correct the guest? Jarndyce v. Jarndyce is in Bleak House, not Little Dorrit. Dickens nerds, let's hear it!

Apr. 13 2011 10:51 AM

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