Re: LAW: "Frivolous Lawsuits" (Was: Cryonics on ABC World News Tonight)

From: Chris Russo (
Date: Tue Feb 20 2001 - 21:46:58 MST

At 09:44 -0500 2/20/01, wrote:
>Yes - "frivolous lawsuits" are by definition wasteful. A legal system that
>functions well has mechanisms for shutting such suits down in their early
>stages, before they cause unnecessary costs to defendants who shouldn't have
>to go through the full litigation process. In fact, such mechanisms still
>work quite well in the vast majority of suits.

Thanks, Greg. That was educational, as always. The only thing I
would point out is that "before they cause unnecessary costs" is
about one US penny, as far as I'm concerned.

I don't see why non-initiation of force shouldn't apply to legal
force as well as physical force.

Once again, Jeff Davis is within his legal rights to initiate a
lawsuit that will certainly be thrown out in the early stages of the
trial (ie a frivolous lawsuit). By my reasoning, however, doing so
is unethical.


Chris Russo

"If anyone can show me, and prove to me, that I am wrong in thought 
or deed, I will gladly change.  I seek the truth, which never yet 
hurt anybody.  It is only persistence in self-delusion and ignorance 
which does harm."
              -- Marcus Aurelius, MEDITATIONS, VI, 21

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