What will the money be used for?
Litigation is expensive. There are costs associated with research, clerical work, expert witness fees, office supplies, and so on. There are also lawyer’s fees, but how and whether those are paid to Sujit and Joel (the legal team) will depend on whether the cases are won or lost (see the next items). Finally, a portion (no more than 20%) of the monies raised will be used to execute the communications strategy for this fundraising campaign.
What happens if we lose the cases?
In the event of a loss, the plaintiffs could be on the hook for hundreds of thousands of dollars to pay the defendants’ legal costs. It is our top priority to create a fund that enables the plaintiffs to be reimburses if that happens. Any monies left over after that (and after covering the various unavoidable expenses of litigation) will be used to pay Sujit and Joel’s legal fees. In other words, in the event of a loss, Sujit and Joel will only be paid for their legal work if there are monies remaining after plaintiffs’ costs liabilities and all other litigation expenses have been covered.
What happens if we win the cases?
In this scenario, there will be no need to reimburse the plaintiffs, and there will be potential revenue in the form of cost awards in favour of the plaintiffs to cover a portion of legal expenses, including Sujit and Joel’s fees. However, there will still be legal expenses and fees not covered by costs awards, and also expenses associated with communications, none of which will be covered by the cost awards. Monies from this fundraising campaign will be used to cover these expenses.
What happens if there is money left over after all expenses are covered?
Though unlikely, it is theoretically possible there will be a surplus of monies, especially if the cases are won. In that event, the monies will be donated to charities and organizations working to democratize platform governance.