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Wasting the courts time with frivolous lawsuits can cost you

June 13, 2019 - 4:00 am

By Amy E. Feldman, Judge Technology Solutions

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) —A New Jersey lawyer filed a lawsuit on behalf of her client who claimed he suffered age discrimination when he was not allowed to apply for a job with the Camden County Police Department. 

However, at deposition, the man testified that he actually did receive a job application and instructions on how to apply.

He went on to say that he made a decision not to apply, told others that he didn’t want to work there and that he wouldn’t accept a position even if it was offered.

Three years after that information came out the man’s lawyer still didn’t withdraw the case.

In the legal world, a frivolous lawsuit is one that has no legal merit.

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 frivolous cases but the key word is “most.”

People who file frivolous suits can actually face legal consequences of their own, which this New Jersey lawyer found quickly.

The lawyer was ordered to pay almost $90,000 and has since learned a valuable lesson in the law.