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de minimis non curat lex

From Latin, meaning "the law does not care about the smallest things," a legal principle asserting that trivial matters are not worthy of judicial scrutiny. 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 acknowledge that this clearly falls under the doctrine of de minimis non curat lex.
See also: DE, lex, minimis, non

lex dubia non obligat

A Latin phrase that frees one from a contract or other legal obligation that is not morally sound. In English, the phrase means "a dubious law is not binding." As your lawyer, I think we should absolutely take them to court—the terms of this contract are unethical. "Lex dubia non obligat"!
See also: lex, non
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n. a Lexus automobile. This dude’s Lex ain’t no ghetto sled.
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View of the Testimony of the Ancients in Niels Hemmingsen's De Lege
(60) Hemmingsen, De Lege Naturae, B5v-B6r; See Cicero, De legibus
"wanders away from the true God." See Hemminsgen, De Lege
(91.) DPC, 181-185: <<Tertia conclusio: Principum leges et constitutiones ita obligant ut transgressores in foro conscientiae culpae rei sint ...
(92.) DPC, 183: <<Sed quoniam posset aliquis respondere quod non sit idem obligare in foro conscientiae et ad culpam (...) Ideo dico etiam quod leges civiles obligant sub poena peccati et culpae aeque ac leges ecclesiasticae (...) Ergo legum transgressores incurrunt coram Deo veram culpam>>; In I-II, q.
(95.) DPC, 186: <<Nihil ergo interest, quantum ad obligationem, quod humanae sint leges aut divinae>>; cfr.
Nam non solum opus Dei dicitur quod se solo producit, sed enim quod mediantibus causis secundis efficit (...) Nihil ergo interest quantum ad obligationem, quod humane sint leges aut divinae ...>>; cfr.
Sicut ergo inter leges divinae aliquae obligant ad mortale, et aliquae ad veniale, ita etiam humanae, aliquae ad veniale, aliquae ad mortale obligant>>.
4) que <<leges poenales semper obligant (ad culpam) (...) quia propterea ponunt poenam quia prohibent, quia leges imponunt necessitatem.
hinc etiam per nostram assertionem leges regiae quae hoc disponunt in nobilibus habent etiam locum in doctoribus.
Sanctae [6] leges. parentum decreta, perpessus in studendo accerrimus labor suffragantur.
55 See, for example, Melanchthon, 301, where he quotes from Lucretius, De rerum natura, 2:1055 and uses both the expressions leges motuum and leges naturae but argues that such laws require a creative mind.