More than 90 percent of the cases in Superior Court eventually settle before or during trial. In the majority, counsel are content to let discovery and dispositive motions play out; they do not focus on settlement until a trial date is imminent. But in some cases, a client may tell his or her counsel in confidence that he or she wants or needs an early resolution of the case. Clients have many reasons for wanting a speedy end to a lawsuit, such as the potential cost of the litigation, a possible merger or sale, bad publicity, business disruption and damage to commercial relationships.
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