There's a lot I could think of to say here. And I might as well say SOMETHING before Richard locks the topic.
On one hand (the clean one), I agree with Richard, about not paying $20,000,000 if you're innocent. However, imagine yourself in a restaurant doing walk around magic: Your hand accidentally slightly brushes across a woman's breast. Now some times goes by and the woman has a while to think about it, and decides to sue you. The "lawyer talk" talk starts with her being humiliated, she's afraid to go out in public, she can't face any of the people she was with that night, the "brush" now turns into you FONDLED her, etc.
As soon as this hits the papers, guess who's not going to be working at that restaurant any more? In fact, if it goes all the way to trial, guess who's not going to be working in ANY area restaurants. Might it be worth it to settle?
For Michael Jackson's case, what it would come down to would be if the kid could describe his private area. What if they were swimming one day, and Michael's shirt went up a little bit, and the kid saw a mole on his stomach? What could THAT turn into in court?
Max's point is very good about 20 million not being what it is to us, as what it is to Michael Jackson.
One last thing, if you really believe Michael is guilty, and if you believe that 20 million is SO much: If YOUR child came home and told you about someone who molested them, would 20 million dollars be enough for you to to forget about it?