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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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[section]468.619(7), a court had to determine that the underlying action was meritless and that the agency's failure to meet the burden of proof did not render the action meritless.
He added: "Meritless claims are unfair to those who have to respond to them - the effort that the defendants have put into the various claims and applications is obvious, and is reflected to an extent in the various cost orders made - but such claims are also seriously detrimental to the interest of justice."
First, Rule 11 allows judges to use their discretion in imposing sanctions for meritless suits rather than making such sanctions mandatory.
A spokesperson of the bank said that the lawsuit was 'meritless' and declined to comment further on it.
BY virtue of not being totally meritless, this week's must-see new release is boring romcom 27 Dresses.
However, we stand prepared to proceed through trial to defeat this meritless litigation," stated Dr.
However, until the jury delivered its verdict, the case was regarded by virtually all as "frivolous," "meritless" and "outrageous." The point is that the only opinions that matter are the judge's and jury's.
I have never represented a medical malpractice plaintiff whose claims I thought to be meritless, and I don't know anyone who has.
For example, I'm all for enforcing laws prohibiting meritless lawsuits and frivolous defenses, prohibiting secrecy of settlements or evidence when public health and safety are at stake, and giving juries more authority to ask questions and take notes, if the parties agree, to help them determine fault and decide fair compensation.
Are companies wising up about premises liability, or are more meritless claims being filed?
and the time-consuming process of addressing his numerous and, often meritless legal claims," Wright said.
The online edition of the Boston Globe and reported that several airlines that were named as defendants called the suit frivolous when reached individually and Ned Reynolds, spokesman for American Airlines, said that the airline is confident that it has acted appropriately in regards to the collection, remittance, and refunding of passenger taxes and fees, and that it considers the lawsuit meritless.
It must be acknowledged some of the complaints our committee has considered had no merit, some were rooted in a client's disappointment in the results of a meritless case, or perhaps personality conflicts, et al.
If a meritless case is settled for an inflated value, the analysts who handle these claims may feel that the company has abandoned them.
Disney denies plagiarism and said in a statement that the case was 'meritless'.