BEIJING – Rules making it easier to file lawsuits in China have led to a new concern over frivolous claims, such as one in which a man says actress Zhao Wei stared at him too intensely through his TV set. The regulations making it more difficult for courts to reject lawsuits took effect May 1, leading to an increase in cases nationwide last month of 29 percent compared with same period last year, to just over 1 million cases, according to the Supreme People’s Court. The registration system requires courts to accept legitimate lawsuits when they are filed or clearly state the reasons for rejecting them, and citizens have the right to appeal the decisions. “Previously, it was difficult for administrative cases, such as people suing governments, to be accepted,” said Li Heping, a Beijing lawyer. In announcing the registration system, the official Xinhua News Agency said: “Authorities are determined to put an end to obstructive behavior by courts and officials meddling in cases.” The change has led to Shanghai Pudong New District Court receiving a case against Zhao, the court’s litigation service hotline confirmed. The court official, who declined to identify himself, refused to say whether the court had accepted the case.
Love it. The article basically says that China recently, for whatever reason, made it harder for the courts to reject frivolous lawsuits such as this one which is basically the definition of a frivolous lawsuit (maybe. I didn’t look it up.). The part I love though is the idea of that legislation going through, this guy seeing it and then brain storming ideas on how to sure somebody famous to make money. And this is what he came up with. That her on-screen stare scared him and now he’s suing her. He was just sitting in a room somewhere when that idea popped into his head and was like, “Nailed it. Gonna be rich” and proceeded to file the paperwork. You’d think maybe he’d come up with something that wouldn’t make him look like such a pussy. He has all of the creative control. Is all that money worth it (FYI there’s no way he wins a bunch of money, or any money, at least I hope not) if people think you get scared when a woman intensely stares at you? Not sure that’s what I’d want to be known for. Although I guess if it’s enough money it’d be worth it. You can put a price tag on anything. Especially dignity.