First, in civil cases, the court is effectively an arbitrator in a dispute; if the dispute goes away because one party withdraws, so does the court’s interest in the whole thing. Indeed, courts positively urge parties to settle out of court because it saves a lot of time and effort for a busy judicial system. Costs have, I gather, already been calculated and will come due – in the event of settlement or withdrawal, as long as they’re paid, the court wouldn’t care any more.Second, the Duchess is the plaintiff, not the defendant. The suit is brought by her. It is her decision and her decision alone whether to proceed; if she withdraws but the Mail wishes to have its day in court, it will have to bring its own action against her. You can’t demand to defend yourself against an action that isn’t happening. That’s not a thing.Therefore, if she had ‘tried to withdraw’ she would have succeeded. She has not withdrawn, therefore she has not tried, therefore this story can go in the ‘malicious BS’ file.
I know it’s not as bad as other answers but still… this hit me hard. I’m 17, depressed, S/harmer with sc ideation. My parents don’t know this however so I can’t really blame them but still… One morning my stepdad tells me he wants to have a “conversation” with me.. Turns out his “conversation “ turned into yelling at me for not doing my chores or cleaning up my room. I stayed there, trying not to cry all the while thinking about carving up my arms. When he’s finished, I go to my room and immediately start to have a panic attack in my closet. I was hiding, crying hysterically, trying to choke myself with my bear hands. My stepdad comes into my room, calling me ridiculous for over reacting and telling me to come out immediately to clean my room. I wasn’t lucid enough to even answer. Since I wasn’t coming out my stepdad tried to ask my mother to physically get me out of the closet to which she replied wasn’t necessary, that they would clean my room themselves. I was still panicking, trying to get them to leave so I could calm down and clean my room myself. I was screaming panicked trying to get them to stop and they were just laughing at how pathetic I was.