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LinuxInsider: Mambo Lessons Come Down to Law

Sep 29, 2004, 02:30 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Philip H. Albert)

"We can learn some lessons from reality TV. For instance, many disputes can be settled without lawyers. If your brother-in-law owes you money or your neighbor's tree drops fruit in your pool, you can simply vote them off the island. Or fire them. Either way, working it out on your own is a cheaper alternative than litigation.

"Unless there is a desire to change the law, litigation typically occurs only when there is a large enough gap between two parties. Otherwise, they settle. Reasonable lawyers on each side explain the law and predict which version of the facts might get adopted. From there, the parties close the gap. Of course, if the dispute rests on a disagreement over interpretation or changing a law, there is no substitute for a judicial ruling..."

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