the bigger picture — keeping negative publicity to a minimum in the long term is worth whatever relatively paltry sum of money the plaintiff gets.
I would say that the sum settled would have to be substantial rather than paltry because stopping the daily penalty has to be an expensive process, it has given Zalkin and the victim the whip hand. However, almost any penalty is is better to WT than having to disclose their dirty secrets, the subject of the daily fine.
Zalkin has seemed to be our best advocate and the most likely lawyer to force the ultimate exposure of these toxic records that WT has suppressed so far. The lawyer though is only as strong as his client. The temptation of large sums of cash in settlement dangled in front of an ordinary but damaged person is difficult to resist.
So, what next? A class action? A victim strong enough not to cave under such a massive life-altering cash offer? Once again WT gets it's way and preserves it's tarnished reputation just sufficiently to stay afloat.
What will be the killer blow? Will there be death by a thousand cuts? The moral superiority once claimed has long ago dissolved. What is left is a pathetic shadow of what once was. Once again, we wait.