I have written about Irish legal aid elsewhere.
Litigation anywhere can be ruinously expensive
This is particularly so if, as in the USA, the parties bear their own costs irrespective of the outcome.
So, when a small firm of dry cleaners in Washington, USA, was sued by a judicial figure of some kind
for a sum of $54 million, the firm was in trouble. The case had all the appearances of a try-on by the Plaintiff. He claimed the loss of the pants from a suit he left in for cleaning. His calculation of his losses was based on his reading of the effect of consumer protection laws and his claimed entitlement was based on interpreting âsatisfaction guaranteedâ? subjectively rather than objectively.
In reality he cannot have been oblivious to the unrecoverable costs he was heaping on the dry cleaners.
Unusually, there is a prospect of the Defendants getting an order for the recovery of their costs from the Plaintiff.