I think that legal battles such as this are awkward for both parties. The Baha'i are still relatively unknown, so this is first some people are hearing of them. To complete outsiders, it looks like an internal power struggle played out through the US court system.
It's a bad situation, but sometimes cases of this kind are unavoidable.
The Orthodox Baha'is were the defendant and did not bring the suit, nor the appeals, since we won in every case. The larger Wilmette group can still request the Supreme Court of the US between now and March end of.
You are right of course, but I don't think it makes the Orthodox look bad, we just had to defend ourselves because we were brought to court. The ones with a back eye still have to decide what to do next.