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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

Objectively based on or due to someone's or something's actual qualities, actions, etc. (as opposed to other, less objective factors). 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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60) If trial error is high enough, the trial award large enough, and litigation costs small enough, expected trial recovery can exceed costs even for a completely meritless suit.
Under Armour is wasting their time, energy, and financial capital launching a meritless lawsuit against a beverage company, meanwhile taking focus away from their actual apparel competitors.
Over the past several years, we have made efforts to lobby for proportionate liability to replace joint and several liability; limit punitive damages; include disincentives for filing meritless claims; and allow CPAs to practice in any organizational form allowed by state law, including limited liability companies (LLCs), limited liability partnerships (LLPs) and corporations.
A vast majority of these cases are brought in the Eastern District of Texas where the statistics are heavily weighted against defendants forcing our members to settle even the most meritless suits.
It cheats both the victims of fraud and innocent parties by lavishly encouraging meritless cases," said Cox.
Both of the motions were meritless,'' said Irma Rodriguez Moisa, the attorney representing Glendale.
The reforms should (1) facilitate the disclosure of useful financial information and the auditing of such disclosures, (2) increase incentives for those who are truly defrauded to obtain the compensation they deserve, (3) increase incentives for innocent victims to go to trial to vindicate themselves and (4) deter manipulation of the judicial system by overreaching attorneys pursuing meritless cases.
If the Ninth Circuit's decision is not corrected, it will expose all higher education institutions, as well as other companies that receive funds from the federal government, to an increase in meritless litigation and to the risk of substantial False Claims Act liability that Congress never intended to authorize.
But most of his complaints have been judged meritless, and he has generated resentment among some parents and many staff members, who have consulted with an attorney about possible legal action.
It also requires plaintiffs and attorneys to pay defendants' legal fees, under certain conditions, if their allegations are deemed meritless.
It is these meritless claims that define the litigation lottery and demonstrate the irrationality of the system.
Orange County Superior Court Judge Stuart Waldrip had originally ruled that Reichman's suit was meritless and an attempt to interfere with free speech, and ordered the commissioner to pay his opponent's attorney's fees of $37,000.
For example, American judicial rules make no effective provision for recovery of legal costs by prevailing defendants, even if the plaintiff's case is meritless.
Robert Snukal, NQCI's Chief Executive Officer, stated that, "In response to NQCI's assertion of its rights, Xcorporeal has made a number of meritless allegations, which it has repeated in a press release dated January 9, 2007 that it filed with the SEC pursuant to a Current Report on Form 8-K of the same date.
Orange County Superior Court Judge Stuart Waldrip ruled that Reichman's suit was meritless and an attempt to interfere with free speech, and ordered the commissioner to pay his opponent's attorney's fees of $37,000.