If a win means you didn't lose nearly as much as you could have, sure, you can call it a win. As opposed to actually winning the case.
Are you reading the same info as the rest of us?
Like Michigan and Ohio State going into a football game, no one knows who will win, and in the 4th quarter Ohio State starts getting their tails kicked, and it looks like they're going to lose 100-0, and Michigan pulls their starters and OSU only loses 70-0. I guess they could call that a win.
Umm.. no, that analogy isn't correct at all. Trying to stay within sports...and using your example...
Michigan and Ohio State start a game... nobody scores for a while, but the penalty yards and field position game are becoming increasingly one-sided... It is a 3-3 game with all the yards and time of possession and field position are WAY in Michigan's favor... and the Ohio State players are starting to get tired in the second half... Michigan starts running the ball for big yards each play and takes a 17-3 lead.
BUT... instead of playing the game out... Michigan and Ohio State agree to settle for a 20-20 tie game so that neither suffers a loss... and Michigan sends a couple of players over to Ohio State in a trade deal.
That's a little closer to what happened.
Rainbow, given the way the trial was proceeding as far as we can tell, was raking up the points with the judge (and presumably the jury)... so it was looking like a win was inevitable... but instead of going for that... Rainbow settles with Dish for far less than they were asking AND gives Dish something else (the wireless licenses) in the process.
On what planet is that not a win for Dish? Dish turned a sure loss into at worst a tie, at best a win on paper.
So yeah, if that's a win for Dish, we'd better hope they don't have a win every year or they'll go bankrupt!
Sorry... but a company like Dish has lawyers on retainer year-round anyway... so they probably pay the lawyers pretty much the same whether in court or not... might as well put them to use!
Also, even with those fees and the settlement... Dish still spent less than they would have had to pay for Voom HD on the original contract... so Dish saved that money literally!
I make the case that IF Dish lost all of its court-cases like this, they will beg to be sued!