Settling 20 pending lawsuits against Browns quarterback Deshawn Watson came eight days after Tony Bazby’s attorney promised two more lawsuits would be filed, bringing the total to 26 lawsuits.
Buzbee’s statement released on Tuesday regarding the settlement omitted the question of whether these lawsuits and more will be filed. Indeed, Buzby’s statement, made in response to Watson’s recent press conference, suggests that more lawsuits are on the way.
Was it just bluster in the hope of settling things, or was it for real? Time will tell.
It is also possible that the start of the settlement process (the last four cases could theoretically be settled at any time) included Buzby winking at the Watson camp about Buzby stopping suing Deshawn Watson. Buzbee cannot formally make such a commitment; the rules of ethics do not allow lawyers to agree to limit their future practice in order to solve current cases. But Buzby can inform Hardin informally that Buzby will focus on other things.
However, four cases remain active. There is little reason to believe that others will not sue. In fact, the news of the 20 settlements may encourage others to try to get what the 20 plaintiffs are getting.