frivolous lawsuitJoe Segen2016-12-27T09:30:39+00:00
A lawsuit with no legal merit (i.e., without grounds) in which injury did not occur, or which was so negligible that it caused no damage, real or perceived, to the plaintiff.
Many experts believe that setting a limit on non-economic (“pain and suffering”) damages–e.g., a $250,000 cap, would reduce the likelihood that a patient with no injuries would initiate a frivolous lawsuit, as few lawyers would take a case for which the pretrial legwork is high, the award relatively low and unlikely to come to trial AMN 3/4/95, p19. Plaintiffs rarely prevail in frivolous lawsuits; such actions may be initiated merely to embarrass a defendant.
Synonyms Frivolous litigation, trivial lawsuit