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What Is A Lawsuit?

A lawsuit is a civil action brought in a court of law by a plaintiff seeking relief from the court against the party named as the the defendant.  Lawsuits can be brought for a large number of reasons such as breach of contract, seeking damages from an accident or other incident, seeking punitive damages if allowed by law, seeking an injunction to stop an action, for real estate disputes, dog bites, etc., etc.  The list is endless.  In most instances, a lawsuit contains a request for monetary damages.

After hearing both parties present the complaint, the evidence, supporting case law, the redress being requested and the defense, the judge or jury decides if the plaintiff's case is valid under the law and, if so, issues an appropriate judgment in favor of the plaintiff.  A judgment may or may not be for what the plaintiff had requested.  Also, the defendant may answer the complaint to the court with a counter suit asking for redress from the plaintiff.

Civil lawsuits are not always between individuals.  They can include corporations, partnerships, municipalities, governments and other legal entities.

In the United States a lawsuit can be brought against anyone for practically any legal reason.  Many lawsuits are called frivolous lawsuits because the complaint if over a very small or ridiculous issue and the intent is to either find a sympathetic jury that will award an unreasonable judgment or the defendant will settle with the plaintiff for a sum of money just to avoid the hassle of dealing with the suit.

Unfortunately, in most civil cases the responsibility of paying the legal expenses of defending oneself from a lawsuit cannot be recovered from the plaintiff even if the defense is successful.  This is one reason the U.S. is suffering from an epidemic of frivolous lawsuits.  Some countries require that the losing party pay the legal expenses of both parties.  The fear of losing and having to pay all attorney's fees for both sides prevents many from bringing frivolous suits in those countries.


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NBA Owner Backs Lawsuit Against Russian Doping WhistleBlower New York Times
New York Times NBA Owner Backs Lawsuit Against Russian Doping Whistle Blower New York Times The oligarch, Mikhail D. Prokhorov, who led Russia39s biathlon federation before and during the 2014 Sochi Games, is backing a long shot legal effort against the whistle blower, Dr. Grigory Rodchenkov, that will commence with a defamation lawsuit to be Brooklyn Nets Owner Funding Lawsuit vs. Russian Doping Whistleblower Grigory RodchenkovDaily Beast Report: Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov backing lawsuit against Russian doping whistleblowerYahoo Sports all 7 news articles raquo

Lawsuit: Kansas City School Let Violent Felon Take Girl ABC News
Lawsuit: Kansas City school let violent felon take girl ABC News A lawsuit alleges a Kansas City school allowed a violent felon to pick up a 14 year old student who was taken to a motel and raped. The now 21 year old woman is suing Kansas City Public Schools, a former Lincoln College Preparatory Academy principal and more raquo

Trial For Eugenie Bouchardaposs Lawsuit Against USTA Is Set To Begin New Yor...
New York Times Trial for Eugenie Bouchard39s Lawsuit Against USTA Is Set to Begin New York Times The sides have not come close to a settlement at any point in the 28 months since Bouchard filed the lawsuit. She attended the most recent settlement conference on Feb. 9 but no compromise was reached. Bouchard39s lawyer, Benedict Morelli, has said he and more raquo

Lawsuit: Girl Was Raped After School Allowed Felon To Pick Her Up CBS News
CBS News Lawsuit: Girl was raped after school allowed felon to pick her up CBS News KANSAS CITY, Mo. A lawsuit filed last week alleges a Kansas City school allowed a violent felon to pick up a 14 year old student. The suit alleges he then took the girl to a motel and raped her, reports CBS affiliate KCTV. The now 21 year old and more raquo

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