For two months, Occupy set up camp and protested from the heart of the Financial District. Norman Siegel, a lawyer for OWS, told The Village Voice his clients are pleased with the settlement. New York City's Law Department's own Sheryl Neufeld told The New York Times, "There are many reasons to settle a case, and sometimes that includes avoiding the potential for drawn out litigation that bolsters plaintiff attorney fees."
Money, however, wasn't just the focus of the lawsuit. If you're particularly fluent in judicial jargon, feel free to read the full settlement. The gist, we have figured, is that the city still doesn't admit fault, and the settlement is probably not the last we've heard of the Zuccotti incident. Siegel believes the settlement is about "constitutional rights and the destruction of books" — all things pertaining to Occupy's overriding (albeit convoluted) theme. Maybe this means you can't just throw money at people fighting for equality and expect them to back down. It takes a whole lot more than a monetary Band-Aid to heal an idea. (New York Magazine)
Photo: Courtesy of Occupy Wall Street.