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I imagine it came as a surprise to trial judges nationwide to learn from Mark Herrmann’s recent op-ed ["Stop the posturing," NLJ, May 23] that their rulings in favor of plaintiffs and against corporations are the result of “laziness, dim-wittedness or cowardice.” Mr. Herrmann explained in his editorial that judges who are “industrious,” “smart” and “courageous” grant the defendant’s motion to dismiss, while lazy, stupid, cowardly judges allow plaintiffs’ cases to continue-sometimes even reaching settlements (all of which are extorted because of the judge’s cowardice, of course). Jones Day’s Web site lists Mr. Herrmann’s practice as ranging “[f]rom Firestone tires to ephedra to Enron.” Surely every trial judge in the country realizes that only cowardice or laziness or sheer unadulterated dim-wittedness could lead them to rule against such noble corporations with such plainly meritorious products and positions. If our judges didn’t know it, they now have Mr. Herrmann, in our legal newspaper of record, telling them so. Most lawyers recognize that a better judge favors the side with the better case, not necessarily the defendant. Most “fair-minded” lawyers know that it is a calumny to paint judges as cowards, sluggards or fools just because they don’t grant each and every motion to dismiss filed by the likes of Firestone, Enron and their ilk. Most readers, I suspect, saw that the only one “posturing” on May 23 was Mark Herrmann. Christopher J. Regan Wheeling, W.Va.

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