Reason #10: Mediation is cheaper than trial.
Reason #9: Lawsuits chew up more management time and resources than you can ever imagine.
Reason #8: If you have trouble locating files now, wait to see how much fun you’ll have digging through years of poorly organized documents in response to discovery requests — and then being sanctioned for not coughing up what you’re supposed to.
Reason #7: Being questioned on the witness stand or in a deposition is like have a root canal without Novocain.
Reason #6: Playing the “my expert is smarter than your expert” game is expensive and risky.
Reason #5: Judges and juries can be unpredictable.
Reason #4: Your business can be tried in the court of public opinion faster than you can say Twitter. Lots of luck finding an impartial jury then.
Reason #3: Unwanted media attention distracts customers and employees and can damage your business reputation.
Reason #2: You have better things to spend your business time and money on than a lawsuit.
Reason #1: The wheels of justice grind slowly and can seem to take f-o-r-e-v-e-r. The Janet Jackson wardrobe malfunction that occurred during the Super Bowl XXXVIII (38) half-time show is still winding its way through the court system while we’re getting ready to watch Super Bowl XLIV (44).
Pass the chicken wings, please.