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on the merits

According to or based on facts or qualities essential to a person or situation, as opposed to circumstantial or technical details. (Usually used in reference to a decision by a judge in a legal case.) The defense filed a motion for dismissal based on the prosecution's failure to include the new evidence in the discovery phase, but the judged ruled that the case would be heard on the merits.
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on (someone's or something's) (own) merits

According to or based on facts or qualities essential to a person or situation. I can assure you that she got the job on her own merits and not because she is the CEO's daughter.
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judge one on one's own merits

to evaluate one on one's own good and bad points and no one else's. Please judge Janet on her own merits. I was judged on my own merits.
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judge something on its own merits

to evaluate something on its own good and bad points and nothing else. You must judge this proposal on its own merits. The proposal has not been judged on its own merits.
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on its merits

Also, on one's merits or according to one's merits . With regard only to the intrinsic quality of something or someone. For example, Who supports it doesn't matter; we have to consider the idea solely on its merits, or The agency doesn't care about her references but wants to hire candidates according to their merits . [Late 1800s]
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Proposed remedies include replacing joint and several liability with proportionate liability and requiring that the plaintiff pay a prevailing defendant's legal fees if the court determines that the suit was meritless.
Without this legislation NVCA believes that hundreds of newly public companies could fall victim to meritless suits over the next several years.
The civil litigation system should discourage nuisance suits, and should enable defendants in those meritless suits which do make it into court to bring them to a quick end, Mr.
This first check from an attorney confirms our ability to effectively fight meritless cases," said Steven Shapiro, M.
A federal judge in 1996 dismissed her claim, saying it was meritless because the books were substantially different.
10, which would help put a stop to the filing of meritless lawsuits against high technology companies whose only sin is that their stock prices are volatile.
We are very pleased that judges across the country continue to reject these meritless claims," said Larry Thompson, DTCC's General Counsel.
However, in a June interview with the Daily News, Quinn said 97 percent of harassment complaints against deputies at his station were determined by the department to be meritless.
We have maintained from the beginning that the facts of the case demonstrate that the Seven-Up Company's claims are meritless.
The decision complements the findings of the ALJ in the underlying case and supports the law by protecting companies from being held hostage until meritless claims filed under Sarbanes-Oxley are dismissed," commented Paul A.
The 77-year-old Berk, a retired attorney, maintains that court officials are taking action against him because as a grand jury member he refused to return indictments that he felt were meritless and because he questioned whether prosecutors were presenting all pertinent evidence to the grand jury.
Kirby of Mudge Rose Guthrie Alexander & Ferdon, stated: "Judge Leisure's decision to dismiss Rackman's case, together with Nintendo's summary judgment victories earlier this year against both Edward Gussin and the Fairchild Semiconductor unit of National Semiconductor, confirm that federal courts are increasingly willing to dispose of meritless patent infringement cases prior to trial.
On Thursday, Berk said his predicament is not a result of a letter that never was sent, but instead because he angered prosecutors by refusing to issue what he says were meritless indictments.
commented, "The company believes the suit to be meritless and will defend the lawsuit vigorously.
Prime understands that rumors are circulating that the District Court recently dismissed Prime's claims because they are meritless.