Thursday, December 4, 2008
Ron Miller comments on the five-minutes-after concept in high-profile cases, where suits are filed immediately.
It seems to me that having the suit filed has (at least) one benefit: it potentially gives the decedent's family's lawyer discovery powers that much more quickly, to be able to get access to information before memories fade, etc. Perhaps the negatives Ron notes outweigh any benefit from filing so quickly.
Update: Walter Olson comments further, questioning (quite reasonably) whether the ability to get discovery is actually used, or if it's just a way to get a press hit.
Another update: Eric Dinnocenzo provides a lengthier commentary.