It's hard to believe: we've lived in Sun City since 2003. During the entirety of that time, Sun City has lived under the veiled threat of legal action. 16 years of internal angst and turmoil. A constant drumbeat of how bad Sun City was; all over a golf course drainage ditch. It ended yesterday when the court ruled and released the RCSC of almost all liabilities from the court case. There are some small issues pending, but anything of substance is gone. There will be a rap up on October 29, but the judge is giving each party 30 minutes to plead their case. Most attorneys take that much time to open their briefcase. Before i begin, it helps to set the stage; i spent my work life fighting for and with people. I learned one thing very quickly; bringing in the attorneys usually resulted in higher costs and less attractive outcomes. Don't get me wrong, they have their place, but avoiding them and finding solutions between the parties is way better. The problem comes when there is no effort to find solutions. When the end game is getting even, it is pretty well ordained the winners will be the attorneys. Not so much the case in this case, because given the settlement, there will be no big payday for the plaintiff's attorneys. In fact, their out of pocket costs will be substantial. The judge dismissed all counts brought against the RCSC. That's a good thing, a really good thing. As much as i dislike some of the things the RCSC has done, this case had the potential to change Sun City in ways that would have crippled us. Let me restate that and shout it: CRIPPLED US. This thread is getting long enough and i suspect will get some varied responses. I do want to end it with a cut form the judges ruling that says it all: "Class certification is simply not appropriate in this case. Because the defendant is a nonprofit, the class members are suing themselves. Plaintiffs are asking for over $5 million in damages. The nonprofit gets most of its revenue from its members in the form of assessments and fees. Thus, any damage award here would be paid by the class members themselves through higher assessments, depleted reserves and/or reduced services and amenities. The only class members who would benefit are those who no longer live in Sun City, and their attorneys. The Court finds that this is not an appropriate use of class action procedure." For anyone who is interested and hasn't read the 30 page document, you can read it here.