Ditto! That can't be good PR for the biz win or lose, just like you said in the first post. I think you already know your answer, and we'll help you agree with yourself.
A friend of mine was just on The People's Court recently. Same deal, only without lawyers to represent you. They provided transportaion to the studio, paid $100.00, & had he won his case, they would have payed him the damages. He lost his lawsuit so he just got the $100.00.