Sunday, June 17, 2007
Even in a legal-language website, words fail POFP when it comes to DC Judge Pearson's $54 million lawsuit against a local dry cleaner that damaged or lost (or whatever) his pair of pants.
One word that comes to mind is frivolous. In everyday English, it means light-hearted, but in legal language, it is code for "a meritless lawsuit." Why bring a meritless lawsuit? Well, it does pass the time, and it's a great tool for extorting money from people.
Overlawyered.com reports that a trial-lawyer interest group (Public Citizen) is pushing to limit the definition of "frivolous" so severely that - you guessed it - Judge Pearson's lawsuit would not be frivolous. So go ahead and sue the pants off of anyone you like!