Frivolous Lawsuits

Inside the Law: Frivolous Lawsuits

July 12, 2018 - 3:45 am

By Amy E. Feldman, Judge Technology Solutions​

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- Is there no end to frivolous lawsuits? In one case at least, there just might be. 

When discussing the notion of frivolous lawsuits, many people point to the case of the woman who sued McDonald's because her hot coffee was hot.

The case of the $54 million pants, on the other hand, may be the very definition of a frivolous lawsuit, not only because the plaintiff sued the dry cleaner for a ridiculous amount of money when they couldn't find his pants, but also because he continued to pursue the matter even after the cleaner found and returned the pants. 

A frivolous lawsuit is one that has no legal merit and is often brought either to annoy the person being sued or to get him to pay to settle it because it's cheaper than defending himself. 

Frivolous lawsuits make people think that they can sue for anything and can win some money, but that's not true. In most cases, the courts will just throw out cases that have no merit but, in some cases, the people who file them can actually face legal consequences of their own like having to pay sanctions or the other side's legal fees. 
The pants-plaintiff, who was a judge, lost the case, lost his job, and now, ten years after he filed the case, may get his law license suspended over it.  

So, in pursuing a frivolous case for lost pants, he may lose his shirt.