The New York Times recently ran a front-page article about the rise of lurid details being plead in new lawsuits. Primarily in the employment law context, plaintiffs’ lawyers are increasingly writing complaints that read like soap opera scripts. The result is the sensationalism of the new lawsuit with all the salacious—and undenied—allegations.
For instance, the article talks about how Zillow was sued by one of its former sales associates and, in the complaint, details of X-rated messages passed from employee to employee were included. Obviously, the news of this lawsuit has shifted focus from the nature of the alleged unlawful conduct toward the prurient tidbits.
For a business owner, this rising trend is disturbing because it amounts to an indefensible attack. With the ease of access to these documents over the internet, a company can be stung hard by a disgruntled employee or customer. All the more reason why dispute resolution should be handled early, before litigation is even contemplated.