It is difficult to judge the appropriateness of bringing a lawsuit without having all the evidence, and news articles are notorious for not having all the evidence. If the case is settled, then it will be for an amount that the insurance company deems worthwhile. A "nuisance suit" is a lawsuit of doubtful validity brought with the sole intention of being a nuisance, so that, in the interests of time and the costs of litigation, the person filing the suit will be paid off. By definition, nuisance suits are dishonest and somewhat akin to the taking of hostages. However, if a jury hears the evidence which the judge allows to be presented, and if the jury follows the judges instruction on application of the law to the facts, and then decides that the woman who filed this lawsuit is legally entitled to $200,000, then she ought to get it. Although I also abhor stupid lawsuits against ski areas and have turned down most of those brought to me over the more than thirty-five years during which I've been an attorney, I would not agree that ski areas should be completely immune from negligence lawsuits. When they screw up and hurt someone in a way entitling the injured party to compensation, they ought to pay just like any other company or individual. In the case of the falling-down-and-lifted-up woman, until we have the exact evidence that will be presented, we're in no position to reach a judgment on the issue of liability. However, if a torn ACL is the extent of the damage, some of us might guess that $200,000 may be excessive - or not, depending on what other evidence is introduced. I also want to point out that it certainly is possible for a lifty to make a mistake in how the woman was picked up - be assurred that, if you yourself fell getting off a chairlift, there would be ways that a lifty could lift you up that would piss you off big-time. So let's allow the case to mature further before we say we KNOW how silly it is. It may ideed turn out to be the dumb-ass suit that it appears to be - and it may not. Let's wait and see.