Todd W. Elliott*
*Passed the Bar
in Pennsylvania and West
In state court, it is not automatic that you pay the opposing
party's attorney fees if you lose. However, if the court
determines that your suit lacked a good faith basis in fact or
law from the outset, the other side may get an award against
you for his reasonable attorney fees and other damages.
You may believe that you have a case (and you may be
correct), however, there are certain cases that should never
be brought in court. If, for example, you want to sue someone
for breach of contract for a breach that happened five
years ago, your claim may be barred by the 4 year statute of
limitations. If no exception applies to toll the statute, your suit
in that instance wouLD likely lack a good faith basis and you
can be liable to pay the opposing party's attorney fees for
abuse of the rules of civil procedure.
There are countless other examples of cases and scenarios
where the plaintiff should never file suit, unless he is
prepared to pay for the consequences. With legal advice,
however, these problems can be avoided.
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