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1,197 - Reaching a Legal Settlement

April 8th, 2016

Episode 383 of 489 episodes

Sometimes you will get more money from resolving your problems without going to court. Learn how to do it in this episode. Slow dialog: 1:26 Explanations: 3:36 Fast dialog: 16:44 Nadia: I’m not sure about this civil lawsuit. I don’t want a long trial. Andre: Relax. This case will never go to trial. For disputes of this kind, neither party wants to fight it out in court, so we almost always reach a settlement. Nadia: If we do go to court, the legal fees could skyrocket. I couldn’t afford that. Andre: If we reach a settlement, you won’t have to worry too much about that. Nadia: All right, but what if they don’t want to admit wrongdoing? Andre: If we reach a settlement, they don’t need to. They’ll simply pay out. Nadia: Even if they don’t admit it, at least I’ll be able to talk freely about it. Andre: Well, that might be a problem. Many settlements require confidentiality – from both parties. Nadia: You mean if I settle, I can’t talk about it? Andre: If there is a confidentiality clause, you’d be in breach of contract if you discussed the settlement. Nadia: I didn’t know that. You mean I can’t talk about what they did to me without getting my day in court? Andre: That’s the long and short of it. Nadia: I guess justice is blind – but only for the rich! Script by Dr. Lucy Tse

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