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From Latin, meaning "trifling," a legal principle asserting that trivial matters are not worthy of judicial scrutiny. A shortening of the Latin maxim de minimis non curat lex, meaning "the law does not care about the smallest things." They want to drag our entire company to court because of a scratch on their car that they allege was caused by one of our machines. I implore the court to realize how insignificant this is and apply the de minimis doctrine.
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