In a recent appeal from a Labor Board Commission ruling, both sides rejected a Mediator's proposal of the amount of the award plus 25% for attorneys fees. The attorneys fees would only be awarded to the employee if the employer lost it's appeal--as a kind of penalty for appealing a Labor Commission ruling and incentive to simply pay the award. The shrewd Employer in that case decided rather than to pay the award plus 25% as I had proposed, that he would simply dismiss the appeal and pay the Labor Commission award alone. The employee's lawyer brought a motion for fees and costs crying unfairness and gamesmanship. The Judge, however, was constrained by the letter of the law and dismissed the motion. No fees were awarded.
It is a bit of a nightmare, but maybe makes a good story as to the strange tentacles that come with the law. Useful?