Incoming Associate Lawsuit

I quickly want to point out a post over on Heller No More – a blog which focuses on the many incoming associates that Heller Ehrman left stranded and without much communication.

With the November 6 letter to incoming associates from the Dissolution Committee stating there would be no stipend as previously promised, etc., several incomings are considering a lawsuit against Heller.

HNM, the blog author, poses a series of question which I will post here as well.  It would be great if you could visit Heller No More and make your opinions known in the comments section.  

Technical

  1. Would a lawyer even accept our case pro bono?
  2. If not, who among us can even afford a decent attorney?
  3. Do we have enough people to even constitute a class?
  4. Even if we did have a class action lawsuit, will there be anything left to sue for?
  5. What priority will we have against other creditors and other tort plaintiffs?
  6. Will only the named plaintiffs receive any real compensation?
  7. Will the “real compensation” be even close to being “worth it”?
  8. Do we have any real legal legs to stand on? Were the promised sums contingent and not guaranteed to start with?
  9. If there is no contract case, what about detrimental reliance? But is detrimental reliance appropriate in a class action suit?

Personal

  1. Would you rather spend your time job searching (or for some, working hard at the new job) instead of suing?
  2. Would being an active plaintiff affect your life attitude (life meaning your life for the duration of the lawsuit)? If so, how so?
  3. How do you think suing would affect your work reputation and future?
  4. What factors make you want to sue and which make you hesitate?
  5. Other concerns about a lawsuit?
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