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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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Warmbiers File Lawsuit Against North Korea, Alleging Regime Apostortured And ... Warmbiers file lawsuit against North Korea, alleging regime 39tortured and murdered39 Otto WASHINGTON Fred and Cindy Warmbier have filed a lawsuit against the North Korean government, alleging the regime is responsible for the death of their son Otto. North Korea, which is a rogue regime, took Otto hostage for its own wrongful ends and Otto Warmbier39s family files lawsuit against North Otto Warmbier39s parents file wrongful death lawsuitThe Charlottesville Newsplex all 1,160 news articles raquo

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The Mercury News Lawsuit: 3 men say they were victims of 39gay bashing39 at California restaurant The Mercury News Three Orange County men are suing Newport Beach39s Balboa Inn after they say they were called a gay slur and assaulted by staff in the hotel39s Italian restaurant this month. In their lawsuit filed in Orange County Superior Court this week, Angel Bonilla and more raquo

Cincinnati Police Captain Alleges Aposillegalapos Abuse Of Overtime Pay In La...
WCPO Cincinnati police captain alleges 39illegal39 abuse of overtime pay in lawsuit WCPO CINCINNATI A Cincinnati police captain is accusing a former district commander of felony theft for quotsystemic abuse of overtime.quot Capt. Jeff Butler added new allegations and named Police Chief Eliot Isaac as a new defendant Thursday in a lawsuit he Lawsuit: Police chief allowed 39illegal39 overtime abuseFOX19 all 2 news articles raquo

Arizona University Tuition Lawsuit Dismissed By Court A Defeat For Attorney ... Arizona university tuition lawsuit dismissed by court a defeat for attorney general The Maricopa County Superior Court dismissed a lawsuit Thursday from the Arizona attorney general, saying he lacked the standing to sue universities over their tuition rates. Attorney General Mark Brnovich sued the Arizona Board of Regents last and more raquo

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