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JAMS Boston Newsletter, Summer 2017


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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