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Mitchell Berns is My Hero

delta-airlines.jpgThis is a great little tale. Long and the short of it is that Berns, a NY securities litigator, sued Delta Airlines in small claims court over weather-related flight delays. When Delta didn’t bother to show up, he won a default judgment for $938, the price he spent on getting another flight.

When a legal analyst from the airline called him two weeks later to negotiate a payment, he declined an offer of frequent-flier miles (“Confederate currency,” in his words) and made a counteroffer: If you pay me within two weeks, I’ll knock $100 off. Delta agreed but asked for a confidentiality agreement. Berns said they couldn’t have both, and Delta took the discount.

Seriously. My hero.