"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
"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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