To manage COVID-19 supply chain chaos, businesses across the country are rethinking how they approach everything from contracts to relationships with vendors. But attorneys who counsel corporate legal departments say there’s one coping strategy many are reluctant to pursue: filing a lawsuit.

Litigation is like buying a lottery ticket, said Mark Stall, who provides outside general counsel services through his Cincinnati-based firm, Stall Legal. “Is that lottery ticket going to win, or is it not going to win?” he asks clients. “Let’s take the money we’re going to spend on litigation and try to work on other alternatives.”