Before reading this article, please watch the episode of @LawandBO included up above. What do you think Albert Pujois should do? Would you consider settling the case if you were offered a settlement or would you continue to fight for your honor, knowing that perhaps the defamation case, might be incredibly difficult to win.
As Tony Iliakostas, the founder of @LawandBO, pointed out in this episode, and in subsequent tweets shared earlier today, defamation is difficult to prove. Proving the "malicious, reckless and outrageous falsehoods" and the overall intentional malice of Jack Clark might not be that easy. Mr. Clark has already issued an apology and suggested his behavior, while it may have been inappropriate was not meant to be malicious. He has also stood by his claims that Albert Pujois took performance enhancing drugs, although he has acknowledged they were based on secondhand information.
Most law suits get settled, just like many times defendants who claim innocence take a deal. It's not so much that they change their stance, but they realize the law is ambiguous and that a trial or judge can rule either way. I suppose predicting the final outcome of any lawsuit can be compared to predicting the end of a Dallas Cowboys game, when the Cowboys are winning by six points, and there is a minute left, and the other team has no times outs ... as we saw today it can go either way.
So I don't disagree with Tony Iliakostas, when he suggests that it is best that Albert Pujois consider settling the lawsuit, because he's right. Proving defamation will be tough. I, do however, think that Albert Pujois, especially if he is telling the truth, is far less worried about winning the lawsuit, than he is with letting those who are in a media position know they ought to behave responsibly. Only Mr. Pujois knows how to go forward to achieve an outcome that he will be satisfied with . Note that if there is a monetary award, Albert Pujois has stated he would be donating it to charity, so that might be an incentive to settle. I would like to see this case continue to get attention, if only for the reason, that people, especially those in the media ought to be careful before they defame another man's character.
Now about the issue of Jim Leyland, and the number of bobble heads ... well that's an entirely different subject.