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04/13/05 - Lufkin

Frivolous Lawsuits Affect Everyone

by Ramonica R. Jones

Attorneys call weeding out legitimate claims from less than truthful lawsuits part of their job.  Separating the two is not always easy, but few legal lies actually make it to court.  When they do, everyone pays, not just the target of the suit.

Attorney Scott Tatum said, "I have no sympathy for anyone who falsifies or brings a frivolous claim.  That does make it harder because there [are] less resources available to compensate people who really need help."

Even if the case doesn't make it to court, there could be a penalty for filing a bogus lawsuit against a restaurant, a corporation or an individual.

"I have prosecuted libel and slander claims and I've defended them; but by the same token, if we make it too difficult for people to have their day in court, how does someone who's been wrongfully accused come in and get their rights brought to justice?"

People win very few frivolous lawsuits.  Attorneys don't like wasting their time and resources with them, so these suits are often dropped long before they make it to a courtroom.  That's why it's best to think twice before calling a lawyer and crying wolf.

Anyone who knowingly testifies in a false claim that does make it to court faces perjury charges.  Perjury is a serious crime that carries jail time.

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