The roots of litigation.

I am fairly convinced that the root of many a contemporary lawsuit stem from one basic thing: a failure to respond to a request. A failure to discuss a matter.

It’s that stupid Godfather movie, the one where the actor says, “here’s my offer, Senator. Nothing.” I just think it put it into a whole generation’s head that that sort of behavior was acceptable. [Update: As I read the actual movie quote, though, it looks like Geary was asking to shakedown the Coreleones for more money. So the quote has taken a life of its own in the quips about bargaining intransigence and purposefully ignoring entreaties.]

Because later, these weasels will invariably try to bring up, as an issue, “If only you had come to us about this!” to try and make you look bad.

When I get a chance to link it, I’m putting the report about how the United States was found to have a banana republic level of justice in contemporary times. It’s true. People just don’t take certain important basic things seriously anymore.


One comment

  1. hoofin · November 20, 2010

    This one just reminded me of one of my classics from the early days of blogging, concerning an outfit called the Green Knoll Grille:

    I remember how the owner was just being uncooperative with a community in my old town back home, Bridgewater Township. But when things came to a head, all he could talk about was how “unreasonable” the other side was for not just letting him blow them off.

    Nowadays it’s just an ongoing problem in our society: The Godfather movie.

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