I had an oral argument in court today that could either kill my client's case or allow us to proceed to trial. Our legal system is set up to allow either side in a case file what's called a summary judgment motion before the judge. In that motion the attorney essentially argues that there are no key facts in dispute ("Material" is the legal term) and the law is clear. Therefore, the judge should decide who wins without a trial.
For my client, if we lose the summary judgment motion, we're done. If we win, then we proceed to trial to duck it out in front of a jury.
The joy of our legal system.
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