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WHAT CAN I DO IF I HAVE BEEN SUED IN A MERITLESS OR BASELESS LAWSUIT?

A question I hear often enough is “What can I do if I get sued in a lawsuit where the claims against me are meritless or baseless?” This happens because either the facts alleged in the lawsuit against you are untrue or the claims themselves are legally invalid.

Unfortunately, as a general rule, even if someone sues you in a meritless case, you have to defend the lawsuit. There are, however, a number of different ways to deal with a meritless lawsuit to expedite ending the case or revealing to the Court the defects in the case.

First, in a case where the claims are legally invalid, you can attack the Complaint early on using different tools such as demurrers, motions to strike, and motion for judgment on the pleadings, to name a few.

And in those instances where the factual claims are just completely invalid, lies, or mistruths, the best thing to do is to gather evidence to demonstrate that the facts alleged in the lawsuit are untrue and then your attorney can do their best to try to dispose of the case with a dispositive (case-ending) motion such as a motion for summary judgment, or to simply convince the attorney for the plaintiff to just dismiss the case.

Unfortunately, these types of issues come up much more often than they should. I often represent defendant-clients in the Bay Area, California, in an effort to dispose of these types of meritless claims. If you have questions, or need representation by a California litigation attorney involving these types of baseless or meritless claims, please feel free to contact me to arrange for a consultation at (510) 465-0025.

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