How An Attorney Can Help You Handle A Bogus Lawsuit

Posted on: 28 March 2022

If you are hit with a frivolous lawsuit, you may not necessarily worry that you will lose your case. The lawsuit might be entirely without merit. However, a frivolous lawsuit can be expensive and time-consuming to resolve. The lawsuit might also be harassing and can be considered an abusive lawsuit. However, you don't have to put up with endless lawsuits and there is always something that can be done.

How a Frivolous Lawsuit Works

A frivolous lawsuit is one that is filed by an individual who has no facts to support the lawsuit. While it might be filed to achieve a strategic goal, such as derailing a legal proceeding, it is not valid. Frivolous lawsuits are very common and many individuals threaten to file lawsuits without having any intention of doing so. 

The Frivolous Lawsuit Might Not Make it Far

When you receive a frivolous lawsuit, there is a good chance that the courts will dismiss it out of hand. This is because frivolous lawsuits are very common and the courts have procedures for dealing with them. In some cases, filing a frivolous lawsuit will lead to a fine and the litigant might also receive a contempt of court charge. 

Depending on the state in which you reside, the individual filing multiple lawsuits might end up on a list of vexatious litigators. If on this list, that individual will then need to receive permission from the court before they are allowed to file a lawsuit.

An Attorney Can Help You Stop Frivolous Lawsuits

To maximize the chances that you'll be able to stop the abusive lawsuits, you'll want to consult with an attorney who is experienced in handling frivolous lawsuits. You will need to gather evidence to prove that the lawsuit is without merit so you can increase the odds that your lawsuit is dismissed.

Make sure to keep any communication sent between you and the other party and share your financial records with your attorney. Any witnesses and professionals who can speak on your behalf will be able to help you when handling a frivolous lawsuit.

Cease all contact with the party suing you. If they wish to talk to you, refer them to your attorney. Any attempts to contact you will likely be used as an excuse to harass you and your words might be used against you. However, when you take all of these steps, you might be able to stop frivolous lawsuits.