“At the end of the day, we’re officers of the court. At some point if you realize your client is unwilling to or incapable of doing this right, it’s going to fall on you,” said the plaintiffs’ lead attorney, John Sten, a partner at Armstrong Teasdale in Boston. “Your client not having the ability to afford it is no excuse if you’re going to represent them. I hate that because you don’t want to take it out of your own pocketbook, but I bet they wish they would have done that now.”