History Literature / ACivilAction

14th Mar '17 2:12:20 PM mavacca
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* TheEighties: [[DownplayedTrope Downplayed]], but Jan and his associates are part of the thriving yuppie culture.
5th Mar '17 1:41:38 AM mavacca
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** Later, during a preliminary hearing William Cheeseman tries to have the case dismissed on the basis of an old and obscure rule of law. When {{the judge}} enters the courtroom, he immediately recognizes Facher, even exchanging a couple of baseball jokes with him, and is amazed that he is involved in the motion. Facher immediately points out that the motion was not filed by him and the judge goes on to reject it, brutally criticizing Cheeseman. This shows that the judge and Facher knows very well and respect each other, which will be of crucial importance later on.
** In the same scene Jan Schlichtmann commits many ''faux pas'': he raises to speak before it is his turn (and is immediately rebuffed by the judge), interrupts the other lawyers, needlessly argue with a judge who is clearly skeptical about his opponent's motion, etc. Finally, he thanks Facher for not having joined Cheeseman's motion, without realizing that the elder lawyer did so only because he knew that the motion was doomed from the beginning. This is the first hint that Jan is not as skilled as a litigator as he believes to be (as he is used to settle his cases out of court) and that, notwithstanding his outward display of cynicism and scorn for the bigger first-tier law firms, he longes for recognition as a serious legal practitioner.

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** Later, during a preliminary hearing William Cheeseman tries to have the case dismissed on the basis of an old and obscure rule of law. When {{the judge}} enters the courtroom, he immediately recognizes Facher, even exchanging a couple of baseball jokes with him, and is amazed that he is involved in the motion. Facher immediately points out that the motion was not filed by him and the judge goes on to reject it, brutally criticizing Cheeseman. This shows that the judge and Facher knows know very well and respect each other, which will be of crucial importance later on.
** In the same scene Jan Schlichtmann commits many ''faux pas'': he raises to speak before it is his turn (and is immediately rebuffed by the judge), interrupts the other lawyers, needlessly argue argues with a judge who is clearly skeptical about his opponent's motion, etc. Finally, he thanks Facher for not having joined Cheeseman's motion, without realizing that the elder lawyer did so only because he knew that the motion was doomed from the beginning. This is the first hint that Jan is not as skilled as a litigator as he believes to be (as he is used to settle his cases out of court) and that, notwithstanding his outward display of cynicism and scorn for the bigger first-tier law firms, he longes for recognition as a serious legal practitioner.
4th Mar '17 11:45:21 PM jormis29
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** In the movie the Woburn case is selected by Kevin Conway (one of Janís associates, played by Actor/TonyShalhoub) and Jan is vehemently against accepting it, considering it a useless waste of time and money. In {{real life}}, the Woburn case was Janís pet project while he was trying to build his legal practice and it was the careful Conway who insisted that he let it go, [[TheCassandra correctly assessing that it would be a very difficult case to prove and it could become way more expensive than the firm could afford]].

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** In the movie the Woburn case is selected by Kevin Conway (one of Janís associates, played by Actor/TonyShalhoub) Creator/TonyShalhoub) and Jan is vehemently against accepting it, considering it a useless waste of time and money. In {{real life}}, the Woburn case was Janís pet project while he was trying to build his legal practice and it was the careful Conway who insisted that he let it go, [[TheCassandra correctly assessing that it would be a very difficult case to prove and it could become way more expensive than the firm could afford]].
22nd Jan '17 7:57:19 PM Mdumas43073
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20th Nov '16 8:18:33 AM mavacca
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** In the film, when the law firm representing Beatrice Foods receives Jan's notice of claim, the senior partner instructs an intern to bring it to Jerome Facher immediately. After searching for him everywhere, the intern locates him in a remote corner of the library of the firm eating his lunch and listening to the radio report of a baseball game. At first Facher addresses the young man friendly, but the conversation quickly turns into an angry dress-down of the poor guy for having disturbed Facher during his only treasured moment in the day free from work. This scene not only establishes that Facher is a respected litigator to whom the most delicate cases are referred, but also shows that his friendly and eccentric behavior hides a ruthless bastard and, by extension, an opponent who should not be underestimated. [[spoiler:Unfortunately, this is what Jan does.]]

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** In the film, when the law firm representing Beatrice Foods receives Jan's notice of claim, the senior partner instructs partners instruct an intern to bring it to Jerome Facher immediately. After searching for him everywhere, the intern locates him in a remote corner of the library of the firm eating his lunch and listening to the radio report of a baseball game. At first Facher addresses the young man friendly, but the conversation quickly turns into an angry dress-down of the poor guy for having disturbed Facher during his only treasured moment in the day free from work. This scene not only establishes that Facher is a respected litigator to whom the most delicate cases are referred, but also shows that his friendly and eccentric behavior hides a ruthless bastard and, by extension, an opponent who should not be underestimated. [[spoiler:Unfortunately, this is what Jan does.]]
20th Nov '16 8:16:52 AM mavacca
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* AmoralAttorney: Jerome Facher.

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* AmoralAttorney: Jerome Facher.A main theme of the film is that amorality is a necessary quality of successful lawyers, because their job is to give to their clients the best advice possible on the basis of the objective circumstances and the law and becoming too involved in their clientsí personal tragedies may cloud their judgment and make them less effective. This is played straight during the trial: the most amoral and competent attorney wins [[spoiler: even if his client is guilty]]. Eventually subverted with Jan, who proudly states that at the end he has no regrets, since taking the Woburn case has made him a better man.
24th Jul '16 4:59:22 AM mavacca
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** At the beginning of the movie John Travolta plays Jan Schlichtmann as a huge self-centered {{jerkass}}, who cares only about himself and even goes so far to say that the only good thing about the Woburn case is the ďtheatrical valueĒ of eight dead kids (thatís before discovering that the case is against two deep-pockets defendants, of course). He only [[HeelFaceTurn becomes more sympathetic]], as he becomes more involved with the suffering of the families he is representing. The real Schlichtmann was [[CrusadingLawyer much more idealistic]]: he decided to pursue a career in law only after having watched [[RichardNixon the Watergate hearings]] and having discovered through his work for the American Civil Liberties Union that the legal system could be used to defend the powerless and the weak. He even waived the chance of working for one of the best law firms of the nation because the partner interviewing him questioned his work on behalf of the minorities and the poor.
** In the movie the Woburn case is selected by Kevin Conway (one of Janís associates, played by Actor/TonyShalhoub) and Jan is vehemently against accepting it, considering it a useless waste of time and money. In {{real life}}, the Woburn case was Janís pet project while he was trying to build his legal practice and it was the careful Conway who insisted that he let it go, [[TheCassandra correctly assessing that it would be a very difficult case to prove and it could become way more expensive than the firm could afford]].
23rd Jul '16 4:58:11 AM mavacca
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* BunnyEarsLawyer: Jerome Facher is a literal one. His behaviour is, to say the least, unusual for a lawyer. He is a huge baseball fan, to the point of playing with a ball during conference calls with a co-defendant's attorney in a serious case. He always uses an old briefcase, with

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* BunnyEarsLawyer: Jerome Facher is a literal one. His behaviour is, to say the least, unusual for a lawyer. lawyer, to the point that he sometimes seems an old oddball. He is a huge baseball fan, to the point of playing with a ball during a conference calls call with a co-defendant's attorney in a serious case. He always uses an old briefcase, with a cartoon character sticker on it, which keeps breaking up and that he keeps repairing with huge amounts of duct tape, even in the courtroom during an hearing. But he is very well versed in civil procedure law and he is a skilled and experienced litigator and [[TheChessmaster a cunning strategist]], the kind of lawyer every sensible defendant would like to have on his side during a complicated lawsuit.
23rd Jul '16 4:43:11 AM mavacca
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* BunnyEarsLawyer: Jerome Facher is a literal one. His behaviour is, to say the least, unusual for a lawyer. He is a huge baseball fan, to the point of playing with a ball during conference calls with a co-defendant's attorney in a serious case. He always uses an old briefcase, with



* CommonNonsenseJury: [[spoiler: Averted. The case against Beatrice is dismissed, but it is mainly because Jan did not have the evidence to support it.]]

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* CommonNonsenseJury: [[spoiler: Averted.[[InvokedTrope Invoked]] by Jan during his chat with Facher in the hallway of the Courthouse while they are waiting for the Jury's verdict. Ultimately averted. The case against Beatrice is dismissed, but it is mainly because Jan did not have the evidence to support it.]]



* TheJudge: Walter Jay Skinner, whose management of the case was controversial. In the film, he is clearly unimpressed (and sometimes he is outright exasperated) by Jan's antics.

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* TheJudge: Walter Jay Skinner, whose management of the case was controversial. In the film, he is clearly unimpressed (and sometimes he is outright exasperated) by Jan's antics.{{courtroom antics}}.
20th Jul '16 10:12:12 PM mavacca
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* ObfuscatingStupidity: If you are a lawyer representing a plaintiff and the defendant is represented by Jerome Facher, DO NOT be fooled by his dismissive behaviour and by its eccentricities.

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* ObfuscatingStupidity: If you are a lawyer representing a plaintiff and the defendant is represented by Jerome Facher, DO NOT be fooled by his dismissive behaviour and by its his eccentricities.
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