Do you know what the "needs" of those elderly clients are? Some probably do "need" the money, but they don't appear to have told that to Irene prior to the start of the episode. Some probably do "want" the money now. And some might be looking to get their grandkids started with/getting a leg up. For that 3rd group, settling now is absolutely the worst choice. How many are in each group? We don't know. Gilligan & his other writers kept that to themselves.
Yes that's bad. But you have a law firm (two actually) that are playing the long game in a settlement when their clients don't know how much longer they are going to live. So you have law firms acting in their own interest, completely ignoring the needs of their elderly clients. That's not evil?
Also, there are companies that buy settlements & in something that's this close to a lock, there are those that will buy impending judgements as well. So, for those that have been too proud to tell Irene "hey, we're really hurting, can you accept what's on the table" there are options to get money now as well which won't hose the rest of the class out of additional revenues.
The ONLY one from the plaintiff's team that is directly (& unabashedly) hosing anyone is Jimmy because he's desperate & more importantly when you're Slippin' Jimmy you slip, it's what you do.
Edited by Taro T, 14 June 2017 - 07:47 PM.