Billy Beck asks if anybody feels like laughing now.

Well, since he asks, my answer is ‘yes.’ I’m also generally pleased when I see such things. Anybody can sue anyone for anything, so the fact that a lawsuit is being filed should be no surprise. Caterpillar won’t settle such a case, because they know it’s completely without merit. Most likely, the case will not survive the pre-trial motion to dismiss. From purely a legal standpoint, even if Caterpillar knew that their equipment would be used by Israeli Defense Forces to demolish Palestinian homes, it was certainly lawful for Caterpillar to sell them to such an entity.

But all that’s not why it pleases me to see such things. I like seeing such things because far from being evidence of a "Rocket-Sled To Hell," I believe it’s the sort of thing that backfires horribly. People see this sort of thing and shake their heads. They know, even if not explicitly why, that this sort of thing is total bullshit, and the fact that mobsters in fancy suits with law degrees can get cleanly away with such an assault that wastes so much of everyone’s time, money, and well being is morally criminal.

So, I think it’s "Just Another Nail."

Richard Nikoley

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  1. Billy Beck on March 16, 2005 at 16:39

    I long, Rich, for a judge who would take one look at a so-called "case" like this one tell the "plaintiffs": You people have exactly sixty seconds to get your sorry asses out of my courtroom. Case dismissed, with prejudice."

    And I would point out that the matter cases against tobacco and gun companies does less than nothing to support your contention about backfiring.

  2. Richard Nikoley on March 16, 2005 at 16:54

    Yep, _with_ prejudice. We'll note that the "Big Mac Case" was dismissed _without_. No argument there.

    Good second point. One for which I don't have a ready answer.

  3. billy-jay on March 17, 2005 at 05:43

    A company like Caterpillar no doubt has teams of lawyers on retainer. Still, I wonder how much a suit like this costs them. Do those lawyers do nothing but wait for lawsuits like this?

    And, God forbid, a regular citizen get hit with a frivolous lawsuit. Legal fees alone can drive them to bankruptcy.

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