It was the Friday before we were to pick a jury in Jackson. The product had been recalled just after the plaintiff’s crash, and opposing counsel were eager to go. Fortunately, a wise judge decided that the prejudice of admitting the recall outweighed its probative value, because Mississippi law is different from the recall regulations. After the judge ruled that the jury was not to hear the word “recall” at any time during the trial, the plaintiff’s lawyer–an old friend–called our cell. “What just happened?” he asked. “You just got sc*&#ed,” we answered. “I think you’re right,” he replied. The case settled “to the satisfaction of the parties” in about 15 minutes.