That's the message Everyman/Everywoman may get from Melania Trump's win with the Daily Mail.
She had sued it for publishing the rumor that she had been employed as a high-end escort. She argued that had hurt her ability to be a successful businesswoman.
The saga ends with a settlement. It consists of an apology and unspecified damages. Here is the coverage from USA Today.
Earlier she had also sued a Maryland blogger who had also posted on the rumor. Melania won that one too.
In addition to the monetary awards and satisfaction of a lawsuit, filing complaints in courts of law also put one's name in the news. It's a lot like sports, which people love. The legal system is adversarial. You win or you lose, as with sports. That's fun to follow.
It's likely that those in the publicity game might decide to have their clients file lawsuits. Those could get the ball rolling toward fame and fortune.
For the ambitious who can't afford publicists and lawyers, there is always the pro se option. That entails being one's own lawyer. Usually courts will help out pro se litigants. Thanks to the internet, there is also lots of information out there on both procedures and strategies/tactics.
The downside of a lawsuit is that the process, which is slow moving, can be all-c0nsuming. A career or marriage can be derailed because the litigant has become totally preoccupied with the movements of the wheels of justice. And, in eight years, the only result could be a settlement for $25,000. Or nothing at all except the passage of time.
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