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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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