"Im prepared to recommend 1.6 million,” Harvey Strosberg, QC, tells the other lawyer as they step off a Dash 8 commuter aircraft onto the tarmac in Toronto. He means dollars, of course, and this tarmac suggestion to his opposing counsel is only the latest gambit in the quest—central to almost any lawsuit—for the magic number (affordable to the defendant, acceptable to the plaintiff) that will settle it all.
The memory alone can make Kim Jepson weep: the way he used to spring out of bed in the morning, kiss his wife Barbara goodbye, then rush into the office by 7:30, ready to put in a good day selling for a coffee wholesaler in a Toronto suburb. The Jepsons hoped for children, a nice house and long future together.
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