Well, as you probably know, neither side can force the other to settle, if either side wants their day in court, they'll get it. Having said that, there are certainly things you can try to bring the matter to a resolution. For example, you might consider putting together an offer of settlement and, within the offer, you could detail related issues such as problems collecting on a judgment. The plaintiff should keep in mind that obtaining a judgment does not necessarily end the case as they may need to undergo extensive efforts collecting on that judgment and, with no assets, that may be impossible.
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FYI, Plaintiff is a $13 Bill company, we fought hard to get a Jury Trial, they have engaged in spoliation of evidence (documented by our previous attorney of record, now pro se) - we plan to file a motion for sanctions as to spoliation/ deem certain facts admitted - which, IF granted, would make our counterclaims "stick" in a Jury Trial - eventhough our family will be representing ourselves... but, truth is, we're burned-out, tapped-out - and would struggle in a Jury Trial... on one side, if we are granted our pre-trial motions, we stand to get back all we've lost + treble damages + legal fees.. but if not... it's a risky proposition - esp against a formidable law firm/ Plaintiff...
Unfortunately, this is just one example of the flaws of our system. We often speak of having the best legal system in the world. While this may well be true, our system still isn't perfect. As you've alluded to, it often comes down to a war of attrition with the side with the deeper pockets winning out.
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