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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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100M Lawsuit Filed Over Michigan Marine Recruitaposs Death ABC News ABC News
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Ole Miss Apologizes, Settles Lawsuit With Houston Nutt Jackson Clarion Ledger
Jackson Clarion Ledger Ole Miss apologizes, settles lawsuit with Houston Nutt Jackson Clarion Ledger Nutt filed the lawsuit, which alleged a breach of contract, a breach of duty of good faith and fair dealing, and sought punitive damages, in response to an alleged misinformation campaign led by Hugh Freeze and Ole Miss officials after the arrival of The Houston Nutt Ole Miss lawsuit is over, but not before it brought down Hugh FreezeSB Nation Ole Miss, former coach Houston Nutt agree to settle Former Ole Miss coach drops lawsuit against ABC News all 27 news articles raquo

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Baltimore Sun Baltimore County faces another lawsuit alleging religious discrimination in zoning case Baltimore Sun A nondenominational Christian church and its pastor are suing Baltimore County in federal court for denying their plans to use a house on Old Court Road as a place of worship. Jesus Christ is the Answer Ministries Inc. and the Rev. Lucy Ware filed the

Lawsuit Blames Tire Distributor In Crash That Killed, Injured Rock Hill Footb...
Charlotte Observer Lawsuit blames tire distributor in crash that killed, injured Rock Hill football team members Charlotte Observer A new lawsuit, filed by injured survivors of a 2016 Rock Hill football team bus crash, alleges a defective tire, distributed by a company in Ohio, caused the crash that left four dead and more than 40 injured. The new lawsuit, filed recently in Chester and more raquo

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