Monday, June 8, 2015
GAVIN BELSON WOULD NOT TOLERATE THIS NONSENSE: We frequently bash shows for their lack of legal realism around here, so I want to give immense credit to a show you might not expect for getting it right--HBO's Silicon Valley. A major plot thread this year has been an IP theft case between plucky (yet only semi-competent) startup PiedPiper and behemoth
Google Hooli. Impressively, we haven't had any "dramatic" courtroom showdowns, but much more of the drudgery that litigation often involves (including stressing over fees and fee management, massive document dumps, and the like). Yes, there is still some dramatic license (there is a "smoking gun" e-mail) and the idea that a case could go to "binding arbitration" as quickly as depicted by agreement of the parties is unrealistic, but you have to respect a show that doesn't show a case being resolved overnight.
Posted by Matt at 9:14 AM