Explore BrainMass
Share

frivolous lawsuits

This content was STOLEN from BrainMass.com - View the original, and get the already-completed solution here!

http://www.maryalice.com/Reform/frivolouslawsuits.asp
THE OTHER SIDE OF THE STORY
FRIVOLOUS LAWSUITS

What is a frivolous lawsuit? The law defines a "frivolous" lawsuit as "presenting no debatable question" to the court. But there's certainly no debate for misbehaving defendants and their lobbyists - they often denounce legitimate claims as "frivolous." But a look at statistics and unbiased studies can give us the facts about the real incidence of "frivolous" cases:

There Is No Avalanche of Frivolous Suits.

â?¢Richard Turbin, of the American Bar Association's Tort and Insurance Practice section, a group which includes plaintiff and defense lawyers, publicly stated that the rate of federal lawsuits per capita has not changed since 1790. Mr. Turbin also noted that plaintiffs have steadily won 30 to 40 percent of cases and that the size of awards has increased only due to natural inflation.

â?¢According to a Department of Justice study published in August 2000, plaintiffs overall in the country's 75 largest counties won slightly fewer tort jury trials in 1996 (the last year for which numbers are available) than in 1992. Half of plaintiff winners in tort jury trials won $57,000 or more in 1992; in 1996 half of plaintiff winners won only $30,000 or more - a significant drop in those amounts awarded.(1)

â?¢When given, jury awards are generally small. The DOJ study said $30,500 was the median final award actually received by plaintiffs. This includes both compensatory and punitive damages. (Compensatory awards are given to restore the plaintiff to the condition he/she occupied before the injury. Punitive damages are awarded to punish a defendant who commits a willful or malicious act). NOTE: News stories often report initial awards, which are sometimes later reduced by the trial judge, on appeal, or in post-verdict settlement.

The Legal System Knows How To Deal With Truly Frivolous Lawsuits - And Does

â?¢Our 225-year-old legal system has multiple procedural safeguards to ensure defendants' rights. The contingency fee system keeps attorneys from taking baseless cases. A certain amount and quality of evidence must be present for any case to proceed. Judges monitor filings at every step, and can dismiss a case that lacks merit at any time. Attorneys can be punished - and, in some cases, may have to pay money penalties - if they bring frivolous suits to court, or otherwise abuse the process. Our extensive, time-tested court procedures ensure that defendants are treated fairly.(2)

Misbehaving Defendants Decry "Frivolous" Lawsuits - But Are They Really Saying That They Just Don't Like Getting Caught?

© BrainMass Inc. brainmass.com October 25, 2018, 4:48 am ad1c9bdddf
https://brainmass.com/law/history-and-philosophy-of-law/frivolous-lawsuits-394883

Solution Preview

The public thinks that there is an avalanche of frivolous lawsuits due to the fact that the Internet and social media have ...

Solution Summary

http://www.maryalice.com/Reform/frivolouslawsuits.asp
THE OTHER SIDE OF THE STORY
FRIVOLOUS LAWSUITS

What is a frivolous lawsuit? The law defines a "frivolous" lawsuit as "presenting no debatable question" to the court. But there's certainly no debate for misbehaving defendants and their lobbyists - they often denounce legitimate claims as "frivolous." But a look at statistics and unbiased studies can give us the facts about the real incidence of "frivolous" cases:

There Is No Avalanche of Frivolous Suits.

â?¢Richard Turbin, of the American Bar Association's Tort and Insurance Practice section, a group which includes plaintiff and defense lawyers, publicly stated that the rate of federal lawsuits per capita has not changed since 1790. Mr. Turbin also noted that plaintiffs have steadily won 30 to 40 percent of cases and that the size of awards has increased only due to natural inflation.

â?¢According to a Department of Justice study published in August 2000, plaintiffs overall in the country's 75 largest counties won slightly fewer tort jury trials in 1996 (the last year for which numbers are available) than in 1992. Half of plaintiff winners in tort jury trials won $57,000 or more in 1992; in 1996 half of plaintiff winners won only $30,000 or more - a significant drop in those amounts awarded.(1)

â?¢When given, jury awards are generally small. The DOJ study said $30,500 was the median final award actually received by plaintiffs. This includes both compensatory and punitive damages. (Compensatory awards are given to restore the plaintiff to the condition he/she occupied before the injury. Punitive damages are awarded to punish a defendant who commits a willful or malicious act). NOTE: News stories often report initial awards, which are sometimes later reduced by the trial judge, on appeal, or in post-verdict settlement.

The Legal System Knows How To Deal With Truly Frivolous Lawsuits - And Does

â?¢Our 225-year-old legal system has multiple procedural safeguards to ensure defendants' rights. The contingency fee system keeps attorneys from taking baseless cases. A certain amount and quality of evidence must be present for any case to proceed. Judges monitor filings at every step, and can dismiss a case that lacks merit at any time. Attorneys can be punished - and, in some cases, may have to pay money penalties - if they bring frivolous suits to court, or otherwise abuse the process. Our extensive, time-tested court procedures ensure that defendants are treated fairly.(2)

Misbehaving Defendants Decry "Frivolous" Lawsuits - But Are They Really Saying That They Just Don't Like Getting Caught?

$2.19
See Also This Related BrainMass Solution

Business Law in 'Frivolous' Cases.

Hello,

From the attached cases, and in the format given below, compare and contrast the facts, law, and merits of the two lawsuits by answering the following questions.

1. What are the facts?

2. What are the issues?

3. What laws apply?

4. What did the judge and jury decide?

5. Did the judge and jury make the appropriate decision based on the applicable laws controlling the case? Why or why not?

6. What are the ethical issues in the cases? Do the ethical issues differ from the legal issues? If so, how?

7. Both of these cases have been described as "frivolous" lawsuits. Based on your research what do you think? Is either one or both of these cases frivolous?

8. Regardless of what you think of the lawsuits, how could the business owners have prevented them? What advice can you give them for the future?

View Full Posting Details