Rusty Hardin: Tony Buzbee has approached us numerous times about settlement

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Attorney Tony Buzbee recently has said that no settlement is happening regarding his 22 clients and Rusty Hardin, the attorney who represents Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson.

Hardin has responded, in a statement released to reporters on Thursday.

“In a recent interview, Mr. Buzbee stated that ‘a settlement is not happening,” Hardin said. “We certainly agree that there are currently no settlement negotiations being conducted. While we have never approached Mr. Buzbee about a settlement, he has approached us on numerous occasions in the past about the possibility of a settlement. We have made clear all along that there would be no settlement unless the terms are made public and all participants are allowed to speak in their own defense at all times. We want none of the participants — the plaintiffs or Mr. Watson — muzzled by a settlement agreement. Mr. Buzbee does not feel the same.”

In other words, Hardin contends that the negotiations have included a request from Buzbee that the terms be kept confidential, and that Watson and Hardin insist on the terms being made public. This turns the typical process on its head; usually, the defendant wants (and pays for) confidentiality.

Hardin’s claim also implies that the amounts discussed during settlement talks were sufficiently low that Watson would be vindicated if they became public. That perhaps explains why Buzbee would be pushing for confidentiality, if he indeed is.

“I am a little bemused by Mr. Buzbee pronouncing piously that his clients are not going to settle and that they want their cases to play out in court,” Hardin added. “The fact that this whole thing started with his attempt to extort money and avoid court shows that irony is not dead. I guess it has just been raised to a new level.”

After nearly three weeks of quiet in the case, the public discourse could be heading to a new level.

20 responses to “Rusty Hardin: Tony Buzbee has approached us numerous times about settlement

  1. Very unusual. If Plaintiffs truly want to muzzle this; it speaks volumes. I’m guessing that 18 of these 22 are not really valid & are an overreach.

  2. The odds of getting 22 out of 22 plaintiffs that are so morally corrupt is between slim and none. There is definitely some truth to this. Either way, his career is over. There is no way the fan base supports this guy.

  3. As a defense attorney, Florio is absolutely correct.
    The defense wants confidentiality so that the defendant does not become known as an easy target. You don’t want to broadcast what you paid.

    Plaintiffs’ attorneys want to use the settlements for marketing. “This firm received a settlement of $4.3 million for injuries to a construction worker.”

    As such, the defendant will pay a premium for confidentiality or simply start off by saying that lack of confidentiality is a deal breaker.

    In 25 years of doing this work, I have never seen a plaintiffs’ lawyer demand confidentiality. It just does not happen and this absolutely looks like a way to get out on nuisance value.

  4. Rusty Hardin is going to end up costing Watson his NFL career after it is all said and done.

  5. If Watson is innocent, he goes to court and takes the stand.

    No one is believing that many women made these stories up on public record, unless the person is a moron.

    Lastly, anyone believing Hardin after the Clemens lies, is also a moron.

  6. These 2 boneheads are the reason why lawyers are almost universally disliked.

  7. There could actually be a reasonable explanation for this. When Buzbee first approached about a settlement, iirc there were only a few clients. Things have obviously changed since then. Many more women have stepped forward, and the women may also feel stronger about taking this the distance in court now that so many women have come forward.

    Who knows though. Just have to let it play out in court.

  8. You can be tored of the posturing all you want, but this is months or years from resolution

  9. Gosh, both lawyers seem to believe that their clients are totally in the right. Where do we go from here?

  10. It’s a lose lose for Watson he can prove none of this is true and it wont matter the NFL will still suspend him because the players have given them the power to be judge and jury and act as a justice system instead of a football league.

  11. whatever happens the damage is already done. He’ll need a SB win or two to get his legacy from out under this

  12. Both these lawyers are so dodgy I can never remember which one represents which side.

  13. While it will never happen, it would be good if this story went away for a few months and then came out with a final conclusion. To be honest, all the back and forth is getting a bit tedious.

  14. When’s the last time 22 people accused someone of something and it didn’t turn out to be true?

  15. May 14, 2021 at 9:36 am
    When’s the last time 22 people accused someone of something and it didn’t turn out to be true?

    IF it’s true then why don’t you want everyone to hear the truth instead of hiding behind confidential settlements? Doesn’t make sense.

  16. Wow! Non disclosure and not going public with details is usually what a defendant wants undertaken. Settling this as soon as possible has to be in the best interest of Deshaun Watson. I hope Rusty is not playing ‘get the Lawyer paid more games’

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