We’ve all heard the term “lawsuit.” Some people believe that our society is “sue happy”, or that we’re too “litigious”, which means that there are too many lawsuits on file with the courts. Some of this belief comes from people’s mistaken understanding about what lawsuits are and why they are filed. In order to break down those misunderstandings, we must define a few terms.
First, let’s explore what a lawsuit is.
According to Black’s Law Dictionary, a lawsuit is defined as follows:
“LAWSUIT. A vernacular term for a suit, action, or cause instituted or depending between two private persons in the courts of law. A suit at law or in equity; an action or proceeding in a civil court; a process in law instituted by one party to compel another to do him justice. Shepherd v. Standard Motor Co., 263 Ky. 329, 92 S.W.2d 337.”