Law 101: How a Lawsuit Works

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keeping Legal Eagle in the air. Have you ever wanted to
know how a lawsuit works? Most people think of lawsuits as being these big scary animals that are completely opaque and esoteric. But the truth is, they are vital to the
functioning of our society and can right wrongs where they occur. But today I wanna demystify the process so that if you ever need to use a lawsuit or find yourself in the middle of one, you’ll at least know how they operate. Hey Legal Eagles, it’s time
to think like a lawyer. Today we are covering civil lawsuits or as most people refer
to them, just lawsuits. As always, be sure to
subscribe and comment in the form of an objection, which I will either sustain or overrule. I wanted to cover lawsuits today because there are a lot of misconceptions about how the civil process works. And let me start out this discussion by drawing a distinction
between the civil process of law and the criminal process. The criminal process is probably the one that you see most often
on TV and in movies. That is where you have committed a crime and you are prosecuted by the state. And generally the penalties
for a criminal offense is jail time. Sometimes there are monetary penalties that go along with a crime but the bottom line is
that generally speaking the criminal process involves the state prosecuting you for
crimes against society. The civil process on the
other hand is different. The civil process is
how you get compensation for damages that are
caused by another person. Damages that are caused
in the form of usually a breach of contract
or what we call torts, which are civil wrongs, things that are not crimes but are violations of norms such that we believe that one person should compensate the other. Generally speaking, the end
goal of the civil process is to receive monetary compensation for the wrongs that you have suffered. As opposed to the criminal process where you have done a
wrong against society and you can go to jail as a result. So today we’re going to be
talking exclusively about the civil law process,
not the criminal process and the main tool of the civil process which is of course is the lawsuit. Now of course, there are
always a million exceptions to the things I’m going to talk about which is why there are lawyers and you should always consult a lawyer before engaging in any
kind of civil process. But today I wanna go
over the broad strokes so you have a general idea
of how a lawsuit works. A lawsuit starts with
what’s called a complaint. A complaint is the document
that initiates your civil suit against somebody else. It require a couple of things. Primarily it is your factual
statement of allegations as to what happened. How you have been wronged and why you are entitled to
some sort of compensation. It contains a statement of
proper jurisdiction and venue to show that this
particular court is the one that should be hearing
this particular lawsuit. But for the most part it contains
your factual allegations. Your story of what happened. And at the end of the complaint there Is this statement of law that explains the causes of action that give rise to your particular claim. So after you have the factual statement about what happened, you’ll have the legal statement about why those particular facts fit the elements of a particular
cause of action or claim and that entitles you to
some sort of compensation. So for example, a few weeks back I covered the Fornite dance controversy. Where certain artists were
suing video game manufacturers, claiming that they had stolen
their copyrighted dance. In their complaints, they laid out that
these particular artists had in fact created a copyrightable works in the form of dances. So that was the factual predicate. They laid out that the
video game manufacturers had taken these copyrighted works, used them without permission, again the factual predicate, and then at the end they stated that this was a violation
of copyright law, citing to the federal standard
for copyright infringement. So that’s an example what
the complaint looks like, it’s the initiating document, it contains the factual
and legal reasoning for why you think you
should get compensation from another person. The next step after
someone files a complaint, generally speaking, is
to file what’s called an answer or a motion to dismiss. The person who files the complaint is called the plaintiff. And generally speaking, the person who responds to the
complaint is the defendant. Now once the plaintiff
files the complaint, the defendant has basically two options. One is called an answer, the other is called a motion to dismiss. The answer, not surprisingly, is an answering document to the complaint. Which goes line by line
over the factual allegations in the complaint and either admits to those particular facts or denies them. Now it might seem strange to
admit anything in a complaint but really in any given lawsuit there will be things
that both sides agree to, facts that are not really in dispute and facts that they deny and
that they say never happened. So the purpose of the answer
is to stipulate the facts that are not in dispute
and to deny the facts that are in dispute. The second option, if it is available, is called a motion to dismiss. A motion to dismiss
doesn’t challenge the facts of the complaint, there will be time for
that later in the lawsuit. The motion to dismiss simply says that even if everything
that the plaintiff says is 100% true from a factual standpoint, it still doesn’t give rise
to any kind of legal remedy. It is legally invalid. So let’s say that someone
files a lawsuit against you for being a big mean jerk face. Well there’s no cause of
action called jerk face. The law doesn’t allow
you to get compensation just because someone
was a jerk face to you. That might make you a bad person but that doesn’t mean that you have an obligation to pay
them any sort of money. However, let’s say that
someone files a claim for defamation. Defamation requires one, a
false statement of a fact rather than an opinion, publication or communication
of that statement, and fault amounting to at least negligence and then suffering damages as a result of that untrue fact statement. Now let’s assume that the
complaint alleging defamation is 100% factually incorrect. You either never said
the statement in question or the statements are true and therefor couldn’t have been a false
fact that was communicated. In that circumstance a motion
to dismiss wouldn’t work. Because a motion to dismiss assumes that the facts in
the complaint are true. A motion to dismiss only
tests the legal sufficiency of the complaint. And in this particular case, someone has alleged legal
predicate for defamation. There will be time later on to
show that the facts are wrong but effectively at these early stages the only things that you
can do as a defendant are either answer or
file a motion to dismiss. Which only tests the legal
sufficiency of the complaint not the factual sufficiency. And if you lose a motion to dismiss then you will just have to answer just like any other defendant. So once the complaint and
answer have been filed the court has said that
at least as alleged there is legal sufficiency
for the lawsuit, then what generally happens is you proceed into what’s called discovery. Discovery is the process
by which both sides give up all the information that is relevant to
the particular lawsuit. Both the claims that
the plaintiff is making and any defenses that the defendant has. Long gone are the days where
you can ambush people at trial. Trial is really just the
tip of the lawsuit iceberg. For the most part, most of
the lawsuit consists of this factual discovery back and
forth because we’ve decided that it is better for the judicial process for people to have all of
the relevant information that is necessary to
adjudicate these cases before going to trial. Discovery consists of essentially requests from one side to the other and then responses from that side back to the original requesting side. This includes things like interrogatories which are questions that the
other side has to answer. It includes document requests where you request a certain
category of documents. And unless it’s objectionable, the other side must respond by providing all of those documents. You’ll often see on TV and movies, people talking about
being buried in documents. One way of responding to document requests is to not look at them
discreetly and specifically and just giving the
other side every document that could be responsive to the request that you have made. So it’s often in your best interest to write your document
request in such a way that you get the documents that you want but don’t create this really huge bourdon from the other side to compile hundreds of thousands
or millions of documents as a result of these requests. You need to thread that needle. And of course discovery
also consists of depositions which is where you get
to question a witness. Witnesses are under oath, they’re responses are
recorded by a stenographer. Recently I just reviewed
the movie The Social Network which is really interesting
from my perspective because it is told almost entirely through deposition testimony. And you can imagine that
when you’re in a lawsuit being able to question witnesses and parties to that lawsuit can be a very, very important tool to find out what happened in any particular legal situation. It’s a great way to get
evidence and to be able to destroy the other side’s
legal claims as well. But of course the downside to
the factual discovery process is that it is very resource intensive. It takes a ton of time to draft requests, to respond to requests. And then of course to cull through sometimes millions of pages of documents just to look for the things
that support your case or support your defense. Discovery is what makes
up the vast majority of litigating a lawsuit. So generally speaking, once factual discovery has
commenced or has completed, one or both of the parties
will file what’s called a motion for summary judgment. Now where a motion to dismiss does not attach any evidence whatsoever because it takes the allegations
and the complaint as true, a motion for summary
judgment can use evidence. You will compile some of the evidence that you gathered through
document requests, through interrogatories
and through depositions, you will attach that to your motion and it’s basically a trial on paper. The motion for summary judgement is a way of ending a lawsuit
early without getting to trial. But the downside is that both sides effectively must agree to the
evidence that is undisputed. And of course many
sides do in fact dispute the evidence at the motion
for summary judgment stage. But a judge will take
that into consideration and will look at the evidence presented and actually determine if the parties really do dispute the evidence or if the other side can
offer contradictory evidence. So assuming that it’s
the defendant that files a motion for summary judgment and says that even with undisputed
facts the lawsuit fails, the plaintiff can respond to
a motion for summary judgment by saying legally their
case is still sound and that even with these undisputed facts they are entitled to a legal remedy. Or the plaintiff can beat a
motion for summary judgment by demonstrating that in fact the facts go different ways, that there’s contradictory evidence and that the facts are disputed in such a way that a
motion for summary judgment should not be granted. Now assuming that all motions for summary judgment are denied, that generally leads to pretrial motions and what we call motions in limine which are motions that deal
with evidentiary issues. One thing you see in legal movies and legal TV shows all the time is that they have all of
these evidentiary disputes in the middle of trial. That’s not particularly realistic. For the most part, if you have evidence that A, you think is
really, really important and B, you think the other
side is going to contest and not stipulate to the
admission of that evidence, what you’ll want to do
is file a pretrial motion to allow that evidence to come in. So for the most part, all
of the really important evidentiary issues don’t
happen in the middle of trial where there’s this Perry Mason moment where you’re not sure if the judge is going to allow your
evidence to come in or not. That’s taken care of
months before the trial in pretrial motions and motions in limine because if the evidence
is really important and you need it to come in, you want to provide as much briefing and as much legal reasoning as to why it should come in. Or legal reasoning as to why
the other side’s evidence should be kept out because you’ll never be able to do as much in oral argument especially
on the day of trial. After the pretrial issues are dealt with that leads to trial. Now less than 2% of all filed lawsuits ever get anywhere close to trial. For the most part, most lawsuits are either
rejected at the motion stage or they will settle ahead of time long before you get to trial. Because trial is incredibly expensive. But assuming that you get to trial, of course everybody knows
about opening statements where each side will explain what facts they intend to bring out in that particular trial. Then you go on to examinations where you conduct the direct examination of your witnesses, the
plaintiff goes first. Then each individual
witness is cross-examined by the defense. Then the defense witnesses go where the defendants will
provide their witnesses who are examined and
cross-examined by the plaintiffs. Then there are closing arguments which is the one place
where you are allowed to engage in argument. Openings are generally
supposed to be argument free, just explaining what kind
of facts are gonna come out. Closing arguments is where you are able to tie everything together. And then after closing
argument the trier of fact, whether that is a judge or a jury, will render a decision about
which side wins or loses. There can be an appeal. On appeal, you’re not retrying the facts, the facts are set by the trial court. On appeal the only
things that are at issue are discreet legal issues. With a given set of
facts the court of appeal will look at the decisions
that the trial court made and determine if they were legally correct based on those facts. Of course there are exceptions to this but that’s generally what’s
happening when you appeal. And by the way, I’ve heard
so many times people say, I’m goin to appeal this all
the way to the Supreme Court. No, no you’re not. The Supreme Court doesn’t really review run of the mill lawsuits. The Supreme Court only takes a case if there is a tricky
Constitutional question or a question of first impression that deals with federal laws. Odds are, your lawsuit
doesn’t come anywhere close to those issues, so there’s no way you
will ever appeal your case to the Supreme Court. It’s just not going to happen. So that’s how a basic civil lawsuit works. Use this new found knowledge
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  1. JoKing Wheeler said:

    You should watch Daredevil (The Netflix Show not the movie) and review all the episodes that have court scenes

    March 1, 2019
  2. Jacob Shinn said:

    Hi, LegalEagle! I was wondering if you want to react to a game called In the 1st Degree, a some kind of ''lawyer sim'' game that I read is really realistic, due to having San Francisco assistant district attorney Al Giannini as legal consultant during the script writing and filming.

    March 1, 2019
  3. danteelite said:

    Hey, I have an idea I think you'd find interesting. It's about the legality of pranks gone wrong. [Link below to example.] I've heard of pranks gone wrong, like the drunk guy that shot a prankster dressed as a zombie, (he was okay) the guy that panicked and stomped a child (it was a horror prank with the child crawling out at him, and instead of running he tried to kick and stomp the kid back into the hole. To be fair, the kid was scary as shit!) and I often see these fake stealing pranks [link below] where someone tries on some jewelry(or similar item/setup) and then runs suspiciously toward the exit, only to stop and look in the mirror calmly, and then act casual like nothing happened. The prank usually ends with the clerk jumping over the counter or rushing around to give chase, and then stopping embarrased when the "thief" stops.
    But what if they did tackle them to stop them? What if they attacked them thinking it was a real theft? What about that kid and his smooshed face, and others like him. People caught in the crossfire of pranks. What is the legality? Is it assault to panic stomp a kid in the face? Even when it was a staged prank with the intention of scaring the stomper? Is it assault to instinctively punch a prankster who pops out at you? Or is it assault to tackle someone who seems pretty obviously to be a thief? What about when you have video evidence that their actual intentions were to convince you they were trying to steal.

    How do you litigate pranksters? How does the law handle intent, motive, and pre meditation of deceit? Is being deceived an actual impetus for action? Can you charge someone for reacting in a normal way to an abnormal stimulus?
    I think a video explaining the legality of pranks, and potential for pranks to wrong would be a great video, and very popular considering how many prank youtubers there are now. Just a suggestion. Thanks for all you do, and thanks if you read this far.

    Heres one of those stealing pranks, that sparked this idea:

    March 1, 2019
  4. Marcus W said:

    I think he’s suite a low button waist coat 🧥

    March 2, 2019
  5. Philan Thropist said:

    Request: Australian film, The Castle

    March 2, 2019
  6. hpelessromantk said:

    It’d be awesome if you could review legally blonde. There’s some really cool courtroom scenes that I’d love to know how accurate they are.

    March 6, 2019
  7. Natalie Hammaz said:

    You should do the movie legally blonde the first one. That would be interesting🥰

    March 7, 2019
  8. Kira Botting said:

    Thank you! As a new law student this was actually helpful!

    March 8, 2019
  9. GrimweaverPlays said:

    Anyone else agree he's like what happens if Steve Carell and Ryan Reynolds did a DBZ Fusion Dance? (It's a good thing :D)

    March 9, 2019
  10. Rick MacKenzie said:

    Disappointed that you didn't cover factors limiting the monetary value of claims, how much insurance we should carry etc. How about a video on that?

    March 10, 2019
  11. Stier _ said:

    Love content like this!

    March 10, 2019
  12. Yarrennat Yar said:

    He needs to do the movie double jeopardy

    March 10, 2019
  13. Joshua Shalet said:

    Episode idea: the latest episode of the good doctor.

    Is Dr Shaun worthy able to sue his boss for wrongful dismissal under the ADA act?

    March 11, 2019
  14. Gregory Bogosian said:

    3:40 Objection! Video games are software. So the phrase "video game manufacturers" only makes sense if you are talking about the companies that manufacture the hardware that runs video games, which you are not. The correct term is "video game designers."

    March 12, 2019
  15. Golden Eudemon said:

    Could you talk about analogy in law? Thanks!

    March 13, 2019
  16. Pax Romana said:

    Since you're covering Lawsuits, I'd be curious to hear your opinion on Sandman v. WaPo and – now – Sandmann v. CNN. I'd be interested to see what your legal opinion would be on how much responsibility a newspaper and news agency has in these defamation cases, and if Sandmann's age at the time of the event play into his lawyers' case against the media. (and presumably, eventually, Mr. Phillips and possibly the initial instigators of the event, "The Black Hebrew Israelites" as they called themselves)

    March 13, 2019
  17. Mousazz said:

    You did not explain what countersuits/counterclaims are.

    March 13, 2019
  18. brainwarts said:

    "big mean jerk face"

    woah there Youtube is a family platform

    March 13, 2019
  19. Rose Collum said:

    I'm only going to say this once: Man, I wish I were younger… 😀

    March 18, 2019
  20. jotatsu said:

    Funny thing. I used to follow groklaw ( i think they stopped to post some years ago). Most of the lawsuits that go to court seem to be corporation vs corporation, mainly because they got a lot of money to burn in the process (an in a sense a war of attrition between them), the settlement money is huge and the out of court consequences are really important. Injunctions, royalties, etc.

    I work with software and 2 cases always stroke my mind, SCO vs IBM, because it lasted 13 years (by the end SCO was a mere corpse) and Google vs Oracle, because Oracle was about to f*** the software industry in a single case.

    March 18, 2019
  21. Arttu Hypén said:

    Thumbnail finger is bothersome.

    March 18, 2019
  22. emjackson81989 said:

    Objection: Could you explain why our system of law allows any evidence to be excluded before trial, in particular, a trial before a jury? It seems disingenuous to have a legal system in which most laymen sitting on a jury are assuming that all evidence presented is all the evidence that exists when that is factually not the case. How can any just decision be made without ALL the facts?

    March 18, 2019
  23. camwyn256 said:

    Objection! I love your channel and well I no longer want to be a lawyer(not because of you), I am still interested in learning more about the law.

    March 19, 2019
  24. The Bullet Train said:

    I absolutely love your channel. My dream job was video game developer but along side that I wanted to go into law. Life lead me to having opportunities in games but I do think about what might have happened had I pursued a legal career, and your videos make me consider it even more. Wonderful presentation and excellent information!

    Stay amazing.

    March 19, 2019
  25. pauz said:

    Dear leagelEagle, Dear sir can or will you explain what is going on with the sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. I know you may not be able to address an ongoing case that is so loaded with powerful and dangerous men who will attack anyone who they see as a threat to themselves.

    how do they get away with so much "risk exposure?" (if that's a good way to ask my question) for their ethical actions to defend Epstein?
    the seemed to have "Gamed the System"?

    Alexander Acosta Now a Trump appointee who was reject for ….Acosta's name was being circulated as a possible successor to Trump Administration Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the Epstein case became a focus of Congressional concern…[1]
    a much worse actor*********Alexander Acosta*********
    In 2007-2008 served as Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights and federal prosecutor for the Southern District of Florida.
    note, Most tragically ironic here is the civil rights bits

    Source : Wikipedia [1]
    Jeffrey Epstein non-prosecution agreement
    In 2007-2008, while serving as the U.S. attorney for Southern Florida, Acosta approved a controversial non-prosecution agreement [29] (Jeffrey Epstein case).

    [2] Source:
    Judge: Prosecutors broke law in deal with sex offender Jeffrey Epstein
    Ruling says team led by now-U.S. Labor Secretary Alex Acosta violated the victims' rights by not informing them of the plea agreement.

    Moralist Ken Starr Explains His Help For Billionaire Pervert Jeffrey Epstein

    Aside from the convicted Jeffrey Epstein, there is …
    Famed educator and legal scholar Ken Starr led a forum last week at the National Press Club to inspire faith-based instruction — and then was asked to describe why he had helped billionaire Jeffrey Epstein avoid Ken Starr Baylor Universityserious prison time in 2008 on allegations Epstein had molested dozens of underage girls.

    The president and chancellor of Baylor University, responding to a question after the close of a forum he led Feb. 4 on “The Calling of Faith-based Universities,” told me he was “very happy” to help serve a client of his former law firm, Chicago-based Kirkland & Ellis. Starr, a former federal judge and U.S. solicitor general, is shown at left.

    Thus, as so often the case in public life in the nation’s capital, a stark contrast arose between high-minded rhetoric and subservience to the wealthy.

    Today’s column summarizes the perverted practices of the globe-trotting Epstein, 62, shown in a photo at right. We next examine Epstein’s powerful friends, allies, and lawyers on a legal dream team that included Alan Dershowitz, Roy Black, Jay Lefkowitz, Gerald Lefcourt, and Martin Weinberg.

    March 21, 2019
  26. Jonathan Ellison said:

    Hey LegalEagle I thought I'd ask have you heard about this game developer called Digital Homicide, it's old news at this point but they tried to sue 100 Steam users I've heard all about this but it would be cool to hear if this right or wrong (probably wrong) this is from an actual Lawyer.

    Keep up the great work dude love the videos

    March 24, 2019
  27. Mimnim Petite said:

    I absolutely love your channel and I am delighted to have found it! I often write crime fiction, or stories that take place in court, so this is a really good reference. I would be very interested to see a episode on how criminal lawsuits actually work, but I will watch pretty much anything you upload because it’s all so interesting!

    March 27, 2019
  28. Daniel Gable said:

    this actually really helped me a lot in starting to write a short film

    March 29, 2019
  29. cookies4present said:

    Like Insurance claim lawsuits? Where one tries to sue the ins co of the other guy?
    Back when we still had phone books there would be about 30 pages for only attorneys!

    March 29, 2019
  30. Josh Smith said:

    Could Nintendo Sue Peta for there parody games

    March 31, 2019
  31. Don Cresswell said:

    Literally something useful in real life.

    April 1, 2019
  32. Imrhane Djonouma said:

    This actually super helpful

    April 3, 2019
  33. Rachel Blenkin said:

    If someone files a defamation suit against you and the facts are incorrect, once this is found out are you allowed to turn around and file defamation right back, since they basically tried to make out that you're a terrible person by lying about you?

    April 5, 2019
  34. Jenna Gentles said:

    1:04 OBJECTION!
    "Allegedly " committed a crime!

    April 13, 2019
  35. Vio said:

    I think what most people are worried about is what the lawsuit itself might cost them, both in time and money, even if they win. Or not having any idea what the riks and numbers are before actually hiring a lawyer.

    For example, if you know you are in the right and there is a good chance that the law is on your side, how likely will you still be paying just for getting justice?

    April 14, 2019
  36. Matthew Robinson said:

    what about propaganda compared to defamation?

    April 15, 2019
  37. Psignosys said:

    Any thoughts on jury nullification? Would love your take on it.

    April 16, 2019
  38. Hamster Fetus said:

    I want to know if I should listen to the advice of my family
    Short story I fell when I was younger got a concussion and skull fracture, in the hospital they only checked my head not the rest of my body I spent 10 years in pain until a doctor finally found a giant fracture in my spine 7 other doctors didn’t see (was so annoying because I said I was in pain and they all said scoliosis didn’t cause pain they just said I don’t know what’s wrong with you do some pt)
    Do you think I should sue someone for that (my family wants me to sue the original hospital)

    April 18, 2019
  39. Marlinspike said:

    Wow I learned a lot. Thank you. I am now curious about the other systems.

    April 18, 2019
  40. Greg Tyzzer said:

    When I was in 6th grade, one of my classmates intentionally tripped me (he kicked my feet out from under me while I was walking). I have a condition where my bones break easily–and it was no secret at the school–so when I fell, I broke my knees. We ended up going to court and the Judge ruled that the kid who tripped me had to serve time in Juvenile Detention, write a letter of apology, write a 5 page essay on my disease, AND his family had to compensate my family for the medical expenses related to my injury. We were only going after misdemeanor assault, but the Judge saw no remorse from my assailant, and there were a few other factors that led the judge to upgrade the charge to felony assault.

    I think something that helped my case was the witnesses who testified on my behalf were just people from my class. They weren't friends of mine. A couple of them I barely knew. The witness the defense provided was his girlfriend and their stories were so similar they had to have been scripted and rehearsed.

    Also, I thought it was interesting that my attorney wanted me to play up my injury a little bit when I walked into the room. Maybe give the judge a specific image to hold in his mind of the kind of pain and disability I was caused.

    April 18, 2019
  41. Nitro Reviews! said:

    Did you double the size of your hand for the thumbnail lol????

    April 19, 2019
  42. Bacta Work said:

    It's sad that in order to be considered a lawyer or any kind of authority figure , you have to wear a suit, or a uniform, which are uncomfortable AF! Would you agree that people like you should be allowed to wear whatever they wanted?

    April 19, 2019
  43. Stephen said:

    So is a complaint the same as the letter of intent to sue?

    April 20, 2019
  44. schofy4934 said:

    I would love to see a meeting of the Legal Eagle and Brian Wilson, Texas Law Hawk

    April 22, 2019
  45. Jared B said:

    0:12 Love your channel and I'm sure lawsuits are vital to your profession, but "vital to our society" is a long stretch. The vast majority of people will never be part of a lawsuit and never have been in the history of civilization so just come right down off your high horse.

    April 24, 2019
  46. Exile said:

    Should do a video on how to get out of jury duty

    May 6, 2019
  47. Darkquoter said:

    11:38, I wasn't looking at the video at this time, so I thought you said "Motions in Lemonade."

    May 6, 2019
  48. wrldsend YT said:

    Tfue is one of the most popular internet personalities, and it just came to light today that he is suing his org, "FaZe". I would love to see a break down from a legal professional.

    May 21, 2019
  49. Eddie Moore said:

    Im a new Legal Eagle. And I would like your advise on a serious Legal matter regarding my Legal options.
    I don’t wanna ask it in this open forum. Is there another way to reach out to you ie Email or other private forum

    May 24, 2019
  50. Eddie Moore said:

    Im a new Legal Eagle. And I would like your advise on a serious Legal matter regarding my Legal options.
    I don’t wanna ask it in this open forum. Is there another way to reach out to you ie Email or other private forum

    May 24, 2019
  51. scorpiomaj27 said:

    The jerk store ran out of you! JerkFace!

    May 24, 2019
  52. Tuesday's Creations said:

    Episode idea: Are lawyers and judges excluded from jury duty?

    June 15, 2019
  53. amella 1 said:

    Can a person file a civil suit without using an attorney

    June 16, 2019
  54. orenthall said:

    Oh my God, ComPLAINTiff, I just figured that out

    June 18, 2019
  55. Tom Mack said:

    How about analyzing "The Paper Chase?"

    July 1, 2019
  56. ripfire4 said:

    Ha! Love the segues to your sponsors.

    July 4, 2019
  57. Mason Goins said:

    Objection: Where do settlements fit into the process? And what does it mean to countersue?

    July 4, 2019
  58. Bill Grinder said:

    Love this muthaf*ker. I've known and had some superb attorneys work for me and I can tell you, Mr.Stone digs his art.

    July 6, 2019
  59. j2simpso said:

    Great video although I think this describes it more succinctly

    July 12, 2019
  60. Karl Olofsson said:

    How good are you as a lawyer, and how is it measured? win/lose ratio or something more nuanced?

    July 17, 2019
  61. Lauren Brodley said:

    Objection: I love u💘💖💓💞💕💗

    July 23, 2019
  62. Alexander Korol said:

    How much paper does the average case use up? Are there any environmental concerns about this?

    August 2, 2019
  63. KVandMariee said:

    Sharp suits. Considering Law school and glad the universe brought me to ya videos

    August 4, 2019
  64. Looking In With Victor B said:

    You said that most civil cases have a monetary compensation attached to it…. But how does it work if the plaintiff doesn't ask for money?

    Say the plaintiff's complaint is defamation suffered at the hands of a group that have constantly been spreading rumours without evidence about the plantiff, and the plaintiff has turned to court to legally enforce the group to produce evidence or admit the falsehood of their stories?

    Since the compensation is a public revelation, could that be granted through a motion for summary judgement? Or would such burden of proof have to go through trial to air the truth publicly?

    August 26, 2019
  65. Rabbiturtacorn said:

    You have said in the past that depositions can last 8 hours. What happens if someone giving a deposition wants to leave and no longer wants to speak. (As in a normal witness, not a defendant or prosecutor.)

    August 26, 2019
  66. Anthony Earl said:

    I know this is a serious thing but I have a joke “what do Lawyers wear to court…………… A Law suit” lol

    August 27, 2019
  67. Shane Lawrence said:

    What is your thoughts on the famous OJ simpson trial? where the one lawyer, told him not to take his arthritis medication so his hands would swell, so the gloves that he supposedly used to kill his wife with. was that illegal? unethical? how do you personally feel about it outside of a strictly legal point of view, or you have to give your client the best possible representation point of view. To me, this is the equivalent of perjury. Falsifying facts.

    September 1, 2019
  68. Jinx Adnix said:

    Ya, now Dashlane can get sued instead.

    September 1, 2019
  69. cody collins said:

    I'm still amazed about all I learned about court as a 3 day juror

    September 3, 2019
  70. Joey Dias said:

    Have you ever argued in the Supreme Court?

    September 5, 2019
  71. Peter Silkworth said:

    Episode idea: Review of movie supreme court cases accuracy to real life

    IE: Amistad

    September 6, 2019
  72. Anime9100 said:

    OBJECTION! 8:45 – Burden is spelled wrong in the captions.

    September 6, 2019
  73. loud Noise said:

    Objection (which is likely far to late).

    A fair number of Supreme Court cases are taken to resolve Circuit Court splits.

    September 8, 2019
  74. Johannes Kaiser said:

    Fun fact I learned during writing an essay (in Medieval History) a Semester ago: What is now considered criminal lawsuits were handled exactly the same way as civil lawsuits are still. The fact that society was hurt was only considered during the process, but there still had to be a complaint by a private person. So if noone in the know wanted to charge Adalbert for murder, he'd get away with noone else the wiser. This is highly generalizing, there obviously were changes over time and discrepancies in different regions. What I stated above was merely the average MO in the middle to late Middle Ages in central Europe. Fascinating stuff still.

    September 8, 2019
  75. Al Cam said:

    Yo, have you made a futurama episode yet?!?!?!! OR NO

    September 11, 2019
  76. R.a.t.t.y said:


    You say a criminal lawsuit is where "you have committed a crime". Surely you are completely innocent until, at the end of the trial, a jury or judge finds you guilty.

    Or does my legal knowledge (watching episodes of Rumpole of the Bailey) deceive me?

    September 12, 2019
  77. Candy Gross said:

    How do those gossip magazines not go bankrupt with lawsuits from defamation of character on celebrities???

    September 12, 2019
  78. Jared Roussel said:

    Love the LegalEagle!

    September 15, 2019
  79. Nicole Iorg said:

    Well explained!!! I enjoyed your break downs and teachings!!!

    September 17, 2019
  80. Soturian said:

    "If you have a problem, if no one else can help. And if you can find him, maybe you could hire"
    "The Legal Eagle."

    September 19, 2019
  81. João Oliveira said:

    Hey LegalEagle.
    As a lawyer myself, and follower of your channel, could you make a video about the diferences beetwen USA law and german/roman Law??
    I'm a Portuguese lawyer by the way, so it's very fun, and instructional, to see you talk about the procedual matters.
    Thanks in advance, and keep the good work, so that everybody doesn't think lawyers are bad persons.

    September 26, 2019
  82. Elliott Wu said:

    OBEJCTION! I want to design a card game or computer game for this now. If only I actually knew what I'm doing…

    September 29, 2019
  83. GhostEverywhere said:

    can anyone sue me from another country for copyright infringement

    October 3, 2019
  84. Waroni said:

    Objection: torts are typically used in order to seek monetary compensation, but could also be sought for preventing further action (typically, not always associated with monetary compensation), or in stride to seek a civil justice. An example of the final reasoning might be suing a company on behalf of a Lake or Natural Environment, although rare.

    October 11, 2019
  85. Sean Bobeck said:

    Not an objection but i've been part of 5 civil lawsuits where there was no "Plaintiff." This role was always labeled as "Complainant." Might be a state thing though.

    October 12, 2019
  86. RaymondHng said:

    Episode idea: What is common law versus civil law?

    October 12, 2019
  87. HimikoWerckmeister said:

    yoo make an episode on how to find pro-bono lawyers.

    October 13, 2019
  88. John Schneider said:

    Are you sure you're a lawyer and not a salesman? Dashlane…… Indocino……..LOL

    October 14, 2019
  89. jimmy jones said:

    I had a question. sueing my employer for never giving me my final check. my attorney told me to make no contact with former employer. my employer ended up harassing me at my new job. showed up to my work yelling trying to get into my office. What's going to end up happening now?

    October 14, 2019

    Great video once again. Future video ideas……some of the widely known cases either on going or just adjudicated..

    October 18, 2019
  91. Sam Lyons said:

    2 % …. no sht ?

    October 19, 2019
  92. Andrew Tyler said:

    Objection: You aren't a judge so overruling this objection is not within your duties.

    October 19, 2019
  93. Christopher Wolf said:

    Three questions

    1. What happens if either side no shows?

    2. Why are judges immune from a lawsuit?

    3. How would you define a frivolous lawsuit ?

    October 19, 2019
  94. GRBTutorials said:

    That’s easy, you just get your lawsuit (Indochino…) and put it on! Problem solved!

    October 22, 2019

    A contractor came in my room and broke my door and beat me up but not serious injuries just a black and purple on my face. the funny part is he's the son of the landowner. I'm renting a room for. So I tried to replace the door but the owner doesn't like the door. She said lol. So I'm trying to sue both and idk if I'll win. Like , her son stole my phone and this all happened when I was trying to pay the rent but I cant because I gotta buy a new phone in order to get jobs. Her son pretty much destroyed my life big time. Now I gotta start all over.

    October 24, 2019
  96. Bailujen said:

    If i had infinite dollars i can sue copyright and i can change it

    October 27, 2019
  97. DarthAlphaTheGreat said:

    Objection to the opening. “People think lawsuits are complex, but in fact it’s important” does not help. Lol

    October 27, 2019
  98. DarthAlphaTheGreat said:

    There are facts that are not true in the legal realm?!

    October 27, 2019
  99. JJSC said:

    Confusion about how the law works in the US? None mate. You buy it. Buy a legislator. Easy. Justice? Nice mollifying BS. It's 100% how much of it you can afford. Get real.

    October 28, 2019
  100. Mimi Sul said:

    Thank you- very clear and informative. You're wonderful- will turn to your company first if needed.

    October 28, 2019

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