If you believe no innocent organization would settle, you know nothing about litigation.
Settling, for one, is less expensive than going through an entire case and winning. It is a FACT 90+ percent of settlements are done for financial reasons.
Secondly, settlements ensures confidentiality. It benefits an organization like ours to ensure that the plaintiff cannot sell their stories to book publishers and movie makers.
Going through a case and winning does not come with “gag orders” or confidentiality clauses. So winning, long term, can be bad. Settlements are long term beneficial because it keep the story out of the media.