Reviews for A Matter for Lawyers
Guest chapter 1 . 10/5
Why was Danny unable to find a lawyer willing to file suit against Winslow, the schoolboard, and the city of Brockton Bay, for a percentage of the settlement?

As a random thought, Danny has been campaigning for uselessness for over a decade. He's apparently constantly trying to get a ferry set up despite the fact the city doesn't have the money for it and that it wouldn't actually help anything (there's no jobs, it literally can't help people get access to work when there's no work to be had). On top of this he's also a prominent member of the group responsible for crippling the Bay in the first place, and while he might not be to blame for the dockworkers actions he's still an easy figurehead to identify.

It could be that a lot of people in town just don't want to deal with him.

The police are sick of receiving requests to clean up areas around the docks because he keeps asking and they keep telling him they don't have the manpower, so they're hardly going to give him the time of day when he demands action for whatever new pet project he's got.
Lawyers are sick of having to explain to him various legalities about contracts and why people won't accept them, along with being annoyed by various dockworkers looking for help after they join the gangs.

Danny's just poisoned the well and nobody wants to deal with him anymore.
Eriktheviking70 chapter 2 . 8/3
A brilliant story.
The Hero named Villain chapter 2 . 4/20
I kinda wanna see spacebattlers opinion of this

If the full recording got out I kinda wanna see the people reaction
Guest chapter 2 . 2/4
so awesome
Spidersauce chapter 1 . 1/24
It's not blame the PRT. Skitter was essentially a Simurgh plot. She wanted out from under the control of the entities/Eidolon so she got everything in one place to let that happen. Everything about the end fight with Scion was way too Taylor-centric for that to be unmanipulated.
Taylor underwent a bullying campaign the likes of which could never happenone kid with a cell phone that has a camera would have ended all of that in the first month, yet it lasted a year and a half miraculouslywhich let her know how to bully Scion to the point of suicide. And all the key players were local, Panacea and Bonesaw were in/came to Brockton and interacted with Taylor. Panacea was mindfucked into being willing to work on brains. Bonesaw was mindfucked into gaining the necessary experience of working on powers in brains specifically with the Nine. Both of them survived the Leviathan/S9 arc stuff despite being fairly squishy/having everyone gunning for them. This let Taylor swap to human mastery after having time to acclimate to multitasking-mastering, as well as time to gain experience directing others with powers in what amounts to war. Tactical experience, which she used against Scion.
By preventing Danny from finding a lawyer Taylor was kept out of Wards etc. and forced to go Villain, which let her shed her black/white morals and learn to be utterly ruthless.
Even Fletchette was not only brought to Brockton, but interacted with Taylor frequently including joining her Villain team. Fletchette being who finally landed the kill blow on Scion.
More too but the list gets tedious. Point being all the big important people for the final fight were maneuvered like chess pieces into coming to Brockton Bay and near Taylor specifically. Lacking any one of many of them would have prevented the end fight from working, let alone from having Taylor live to see it. Simurgh put all that in motion. Even started hanging out with Taylor and following Lisa, Taylor's best friend, around at the end to make sure the final stages progressed smoothly. So really making Danny have lawyer issues was such a minor thing :P
RinKaihou chapter 2 . 1/11
This is great and I want more
Awa22 chapter 2 . 12/17/2020
This is amazing!
Loved it!
I wish you could add more even if it follows cannon completely, like her stay with the Brockton Bay Wards and people’s reaction or anything.
Azure Lightning Emerald Cloud chapter 2 . 12/13/2020
This was a very fun study of this world through a lens not often utilized. I loved it.
Lola Smith chapter 2 . 11/16/2020
Some fics blame Danny for the lack of a lawsuit. He signed some paper saying he wouldn’t sue the school, I guess? Considering his job, you’d think he would know that whatever the school had him sign was invalid. Personally I think it’s just one of many plot holes but if you try to make it make sense, then someone is going to look incompetent.
dstar3k chapter 2 . 10/31/2020
Just out of curiosity... you do realize that the Youth Guard do not actually exist in Worm canon? He didn't invent them until afterwards.

Also, uh... I honest to god don't see any similarity to _Hope_, which I love.

I mean, other than Taylor and the others developing, you know, something similar to common sense. And if that is a crime...
Difdi chapter 2 . 9/16/2020
If the Youth Guard were brought into existence by the US Supreme Court, it highlights again how clueless Wildbow is about he US legal system. The courts in the US don’t have the authority to create an oversight organization, nor do they have the power to appoint an NGO to do so.
Difdi chapter 1 . 9/16/2020
Two things:

First, Wildbow doesn’t know US laws very well, and when he constructed that locker scene he wasn’t aware of US laws concerning biological weapons and weapons of mass destruction. There is no such thing as assault with a WMD in federal law, and all WMD attacks are federal jurisdiction. Any use of a disease or disease vector - the statute mentions blood specifically - as a weapon is legally a bio-weapon, and all bio-weapons are WMDs regardless of actual lethality. The locker missed being a bio-terrorist attack using a WMD on US soil only by the fact it was not politically-motivated. It ticked all other terrorism check boxes, every single one except political motivation.

Second, Tagg and Alexandria working together to extort a confession is not (just) official misconduct. It’s Conspiracy Against Rights, which is a federal felony - which increases to a capital crime if any unlawful deaths occur as a result. When Skitter drowned Alexandria in bugs in canon, it made Tagg guilty of a crime punishable by life imprisonment or execution!
Ivarr chapter 2 . 9/8/2020
I would love to know the story for the Youth Guard. That would be very different.
Corwyn chapter 2 . 7/21/2020
Excellent story. Thanks for sharing it with us.
Biblio388 chapter 1 . 7/1/2020
Very cool. Certainly does raise a lot of points that were hand-waived in canon, so I am enjoying the search for other such things as well.
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