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New York Law Journal "Fee Shifting in Copyright Cases: A Close Look at 'Beastie Boys'&q

One of the hardest questions a lawyer gets from a client is also one of the most common: "Should I sue?" The answer may have surprisingly little to do with the merits of the potential action. No matter how good a legal claim may be, the likely outcome has to be discounted by the costs of securing it. Clients often point out that their legal rights are merely symbolic if they cannot be enforced. But when enforcement means going to court (or at least threatening it) the costs can be substantial. Litigation can be disruptive, unpredictable, expensive and even emotionally draining. If those costs are not offset by the probable award, what is the legal right really worth? Maybe not much.

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