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Texans preemptively settle with 30 women


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What did the Texans know about Watson's activities and when did they know it?

Smart move to proactively settle in an attempt to get Watson's stench off of the Texans franchise.

I've got to wonder if Tepper comprehends how lucky he was to lose the Watson sweepstakes?

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2 hours ago, Mr. Scot said:

And let me just say again, thank God this mess no longer has anything to do with the Panthers

Sad truth is, that is Tepper had gotten his way, it would be a Panther mess. I have zero confidence in Tepper at this point.

Good for the Texans washing their hands of it.

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1 hour ago, Captroop said:

The lawyer's aren't settling these cases for $50k. What's that, $20,000 per case for hundreds of hours of work? Not a chance. Each settlement is easily in the low-to-mid 6 figures.

I think they're guilty, or at least complicit, and this move is a two-fold win for them; they get to silence the accusers behind an NDA before the details can come out, and on top of that they get to control the narrative and have the last word. We will never hear the accusers' side of the story, and the Texans can claim these settlements were some sort of altruistic gesture because they #believewomen. No one will ever be able to refute them. That's a massive PR victory for the Texans.

What are you talking about? Hundreds of hours? Dude they sued Watson and then they just mentioned the Texans. Heck, the Texans pre-settled as they hadn’t even sued them yet. The lawyers and ladies are getting free money when they might have thought they didn’t have much of a chance against the Texans. The case against Houston isn’t close to the case against Watson. I doubt they paid out $15M for a narrative and there’s not much difference between $100k and $50k, which would total $1.5-3M.

Nothing about this is a massive PR victory. The Texans just want it to go away since Watson’s not their problem now.

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5 minutes ago, stbugs said:

What are you talking about? Hundreds of hours? Dude they sued Watson and then they just mentioned the Texans. Heck, the Texans pre-settled as they hadn’t even sued them yet. The lawyers and ladies are getting free money when they might have thought they didn’t have much of a chance against the Texans. The case against Houston isn’t close to the case against Watson. I doubt they paid out $15M for a narrative and there’s not much difference between $100k and $50k, which would total $1.5-3M.

Nothing about this is a massive PR victory. The Texans just want it to go away since Watson’s not their problem now.

The only PR victory in this for the Texans is that they stop getting bad press on this after the story of the settlement dies down.  That should take about three days, and then the bleeding stops. 

They'll still be getting bad press for their play on the field, but that is situation: normal.  Better to be thought of as a lousy football organization than a lousy football organization AND an enabler of sexual misconduct.

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6 minutes ago, stbugs said:

What are you talking about? Hundreds of hours? Dude they sued Watson and then they just mentioned the Texans. Heck, the Texans pre-settled as they hadn’t even sued them yet. The lawyers and ladies are getting free money when they might have thought they didn’t have much of a chance against the Texans. The case against Houston isn’t close to the case against Watson. I doubt they paid out $15M for a narrative and there’s not much difference between $100k and $50k, which would total $1.5-3M.

Nothing about this is a massive PR victory. The Texans just want it to go away since Watson’s not their problem now.

I get the distinct feeling from this post that you don't understand how lawyers work.

Yes, the lawyers invested hundreds of billable hours. They have interviews on top of interviews with the accusers, they take the time to transcribe everything, conduct research on the accuser's claims, study legal precedent, consult with experts, type up legal documentation. Across a staff of partners, paralegals investigators and documentation specialists, yes, they've invested hundreds of billable hours before they tip their hand to the subject of the lawsuit. They're probably taking these cases pro bono, so the only way they get their costs covered is by recouping their legal fees through a settlement or a court awarded amount.

They don't settle for an amount that just barely keeps the lights on.

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3 minutes ago, Ornias said:

Much, much cheaper to pre-settle than to drag out lawsuits. Over and done with before it starts, now its just focused on DW. 

Exactly, the Texans want everyone to think of Watson as a Brown and get away from it relatively cheap.

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2 minutes ago, Captroop said:

I get the distinct feeling from this post that you don't understand how lawyers work.

Yes, the lawyers invested hundreds of billable hours. They have interviews on top of interviews with the accusers, they take the time to transcribe everything, conduct research on the accuser's claims, study legal precedent, consult with experts, type up legal documentation. Across a staff of partners, paralegals investigators and documentation specialists, yes, they've invested hundreds of billable hours before they tip their hand to the subject of the lawsuit. They're probably taking these cases pro bono, so the only way they get their costs covered is by recouping their legal fees through a settlement or a court awarded amount.

They don't settle for an amount that just barely keeps the lights on.

Lol, sure thing, wow that was all so hard to understand. Still doesn’t really make sense for this “pre” settlement.

You do understand that they haven’t sued the Texans, right? They’ve been filing suits against Watson. The Texans are basically offering a settlement before the lawyers do all that work on a lawsuit against the Texans.

Also, you keep saying lawyers, plural. There is one lawyer heading the cases. Yes, of course I know his firm has more people working on it, but he’s getting a cut of all of the 30 settlements, not multiple lawyers/firms representing different women.

Since I got all of my law expertise from Erin Brockovich, I liken this settlement to  chromium manufacturers (Texans) offering a settlement to Erin’s clients because they sell chromium to many other clients who use it safely. Watson is PG&E and they didn’t give a fug what happened to the poor town of Hinkley as long as someone sucked on the teat of their utility. The chromium manufacturers were willing to give Erin and extra bonus to stop mentioning chromium so they could roll out their knee chromium, it’s what’s for dinner marketing campaign in a few months.

Erin was willing to settle quickly for way less money in that case because they had Watson by the balls, literally.

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anyone who pays a settlement and/or non disclosures should be dragged through the mud, 100% considered guilty, and get ridiculed as such

it’s the only way to discourage this garbage

it dumbfounds me how ndas and settlements work and basically give people a pass from not only the legal system but the perception of society

this should be worse if not equal than a guilty sentence imo

money>facts

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