Whenever it comes to thinking about long-running cases and complicated issues of law, “Bleak House” by Charles Dickens always comes to mind – which only goes to show a strange mind in action. Anyway, you can usually hear a Brit talking along the following lines, “For them as is in the law, the law is a very profitable business. But for them as is a victim of the law, there is no choice but to suffer.” The reality is simply put. Those who have the money can afford to buy the best legal minds to argue their cases. If they lose, there are always appeals within the state. If they run out of appeals within the state, there is always the Supreme Court. It can be years before you get a definitive answer on any case if people with money are fighting it. This lack of balance between the rich and the poor often means the poor are the losers for, even if they win at the first trial, all their money can disappear in costs as the appeals drag on. Worse still if the appeal court orders a retrial because the parties must then start again from scratch. Many poor litigants just give up. Nevertheless, if there are enough of them, the defending manufacturer can slowly eat through a lot of money in legal fees. There will come a tipping point when economics suggests the need either to settle or change the way in which the battles are to be fought.