Val CHA Cost Roll Notes 10 STR 0 11- Lift 100 kg; 2d6 HTH Damage  10 DEX 0 11- OCV: 3/DCV: 3 10 CON 0 11- 11 BODY 2 11- 10 INT 0 11- PER Roll 13- 10 EGO 0 11- ECV: 3 15 PRE 5 12- PRE Attack: 3d6 16 COM 3 12- 4 PD 2 Total: 4 PD (0 rPD) 4 ED 2 Total: 4 ED (0 rED) 3 SPD 10 Phases: 4, 8, 12 4 REC 0 20 END 0 21 STUN 0 Total Characteristics Cost: 24 Movement: Running: 6"/12" Leaping: 2"/4" Swimming: 2"/4" Cost Powers & Skills 6 +2 PER with all Sense Groups Perks 1 Attorney: Fringe Benefit: License to practice a profession 3 American Bar Association: Fringe Benefit: Membership 5 Money: Well Off Skills 3 Bribery 12- 3 Bureaucratics 12- 7 Conversation 14- 5 Deduction 12- 3 Gambling 11- 3 High Society 12- 4 KS: Civil Law 13- 1 Language: Latin (basic conversation) 5 PS: Trial Lawyer 14- 5 Persuasion 13- 9 Trading 15- Total Powers & Skill Cost: 63 Total Cost: 87 25+ Disadvantages 0 Normal Characteristic Maxima 15 Psychological Limitation: Craves Respect And Credibility (Common; Strong) 15 Psychological Limitation: Cynical (Common; Strong) 32 Experience Points Total Disadvantage Points: 87
Background/History: Schlichtmann is addressed by a group of families. When investigating the seemingly non-profiting case, he finds it to be a major environmental issue that has a lot of impact potential. A leather production company could be responsible for several deadly cases of leukemia, but also is the main employer for the area. But the lawyers of the leather company's mother company are not easy to get to, and soon Schlichtmann and his friends find themselves in a battle of mere survival.
Personality/Motivation: Schlichtmann and his three colleagues set out to have the company forced to decontaminate the affected areas, and of course to sue for a major sum of compensation.
Schlichtmann disbursed the settlement to the families, excluding expenses and attorney's fees. When some of the families thought Schlichtmann had over-billed expenses, he acquiesced and surrendered more of his fee. Schlichtmann would later file for bankruptcy after losing his condo and car and living in his office for a time.
Quote: The odds of a plaintiff's lawyer winning in civil court are two to one against. Think about that for a second. Your odds of surviving a game of Russian roulette are better than winning a case at trial. 12 times better. So why does anyone do it? They don't. They settle. Out of the 780,000, only 12,000 or 11/2 percent ever reach a verdict. The whole idea of lawsuits is to settle, to compel the other side to settle. And you do that by spending more money than you should, which forces them to spend more money than they should, and whoever comes to their senses first loses. Trials are a corruption of the entire process and only fools who have something to prove end up ensnared in them. Now when I say prove, I don't mean about the case, I mean about themselves."
Powers/Tactics: Jan Schlichtmann is a tenacious lawyer. In the course of the lawsuit, Schlichtmann gets other attorneys to assist him. He spends lavishly as he had in his prior lawsuits, but the length of the discovery process and trial soon stretch his assets to their limit.
Designer's Notes: Jan Schlictmann is from the film A Civil Action. He's also a real individual and the case described in A Civil Action is a real one
Appearance: Played by John Travolta
(Character sheet by Jon Burleson.)
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