In its ruling, the court opened by saying, "I have to tell you, Ms. Shell, you have my admiration and my sympathy. You have developed a program and an incisive group of materials for a really commendable purpose in an area where nobody. . .had devoted the time and the energy to do so. I have to tell you that if no one has told you thus far, you are bright, you are articulate, there’s a lot of honor in what you’ve done. And the evidence was uncontroverted that what you produced was useful and valuable.
"I also have to observe that how you were treated is inexcusable. . . Especially when you’ve spent a long time developing something, the purpose of which was to help people."