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Of minimal importance; legally worthless.

A frivolous suit is one without any legal merit. In some cases, such an action might be brought in bad faith for the purpose of harrassing the defendant. In such a case, the individual bringing the frivolous suit might be liable for damages for Malicious Prosecution.

A frivolous appeal is one that is completely lacking merit, since no review able question has been raised therein.


adj. referring to a legal move in a lawsuit clearly intended merely to harass, delay, or embarrass the opposition. Frivolous acts can include filing the lawsuit itself, a baseless motion for a legal ruling, an answer of a defendant to a complaint which does not deny, contest, prove, or controvert anything, or an appeal which contains not a single arguable basis (by any stretch of the imagination) for the appeal. A frivolous lawsuit, motion or appeal can result in a successful claim by the other party for payment by the frivolous suer of their attorneys fees for defending the case. Judges are reluctant to find an action frivolous, based on the desire not to discourage people from using the courts to resolve disputes.


adjective childish, flighty, flimsy, flippant, giddy, immaterial, inanis, insignificant, levis, light, meaningless, minor, nugax, of little weight, of no account, paltry, petty, senseless, shallow, silly, slight, trifling, trivial, unimportant, unserious, unworthy of serious notice, worthless
Associated concepts: frivolous answer, frivolous appeal, frivvlous cause of action, frivolous claims, frivolous pleading
See also: capricious, inconsequential, irresolute, irresponsible, jocular, nonessential, nugatory, petty, superficial, trivial, undependable, untrustworthy
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If the complainant has levelled false or frivolous allegations against the accused, upon acquittal of the accused, the court may direct the complainant to pay costs up to Rs 100,000 to the acquitted accused.
Legal experts says that since there was no specific legislation to discourage frivolous petitions, habitual petitioners took it as an opportunity to invoke Article 199 of the Constitution even in matters not in the jurisdiction of the IHC.
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Yet, the legal nature of the frivolous claims is completely different.
He said, "a mind-boggling number of cases pending in our courts, estimated to be one million, demands that various steps and mechanisms such as Alternative Dispute Resolution Mechanisms ( ADRMs), discouraging frivolous ligation, may be applied to reduce the pendency of cases".
In 1993, the federal courts lost the disincentive for filing frivolous lawsuits in federal court when rule 11 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure was changed and rendered ineffective.
Some proposed changes that came up during testimony included increasing the circumstances under which agencies could charge for records requests and adding a review authority within the attorney general's office that could gauge whether a request is frivolous or overly burdensome.
One proposed solution to frivolous litigation is the Lawsuit Abuse Reduction Act (LARA), introduced in March in the House as H.
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Can it really be all 20 million of us who watched this tripe are stupid, frivolous and credulous?
Speaking at the NAHT's annual conference in Liverpool, Mr Brookes said: "At the moment parents have carte blanche and there's no redress for making allegations that are malicious, frivolous or actually have a pecuniary outcome - in other words there's a lottery mentality.
Parties--but not their lawyers--could be spared sanctions for frivolous litigation if they did not understand their cases were baseless under a bill that cleared a House committee last month.