What is an Offer of Judgment?
Before I explain what an Offer of Judgment ("OOJ") is, I want to explain why the rule exists. The purpose of the Rule is to encourage reasonable settlements of lawsuits. The OOJ forces the parties to a lawsuit to evaluate the strength and value of their case instead of blindly moving closer to trial. The OOJ is basically a stick used to motivate parties to settle when a reasonable offer is made. Failing to properly value and evaluate one's case can have an adverse impact. The