Tennesseans Filing Lawsuits Now Face Up to $10,000 in Sanctions if Case is Dismissed

People who filed lawsuits in Tennessee may be hit with up to $10,000 in payment of a defendant’s attorney’s fees and costs if their lawsuit is dismissed on a motion to dismiss.

A motion to dismiss is a paper filed by a defendant to a lawsuit who seeks to dismiss a case before a trial or before any discovery.  If the motion to dismiss is granted, the person filing the lawsuit may have to pay up to $10,000 in attorney’s fees and other costs incurred by the defendant in the defense of the case.

There are a couple of exceptions to this rule, but there is no doubt that the legislation increased the risk to Tennesseans who hire inexperienced lawyers to represent them in personal injury, wrongful death, or any other type of lawsuit in Tennessee.

Filing a lawsuit is a serious matter, and before you allow an attorney to do so you should use your best efforts to find a lawyer who has the knowledge and experience to not only determine that your claim has merit but also knows how to ethically and promptly get a fair result.  How do you find such a lawyer?  Read our Legal Guide "Understanding How to Hire a Lawyer in a Personal Injury or Wrongful Death Case."   Then, call me, John Day, at 615.742.4880 or toll-free at 866.812.8787 for a free initial consultation.


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