The Enduring Scourge of Frivolous Lawsuits

Updated: Nov 22, 2020

Each year, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce publishes a list of the Top 10 Most Ridiculous Lawsuits for the year. The infamous list from 2019 includes a suit by a woman against New York City who alleged she fell down the stairs after being scared by a Dexter poster in a subway station.

To be sure, the term “frivolous” tends to be overused by defendants as hyperbole to criticize claims. After all, the term instantly sparks comparisons to infamous suits, such as those on the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Top 10 list.

In jurisprudence, the term “frivolous” nevertheless serves two important functions.


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