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Court to serial litigant: Buzz off or pay!

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A federal court judge has laid down the law to a serial litigant: The next time he wastes an employer’s time with baseless litigation, he’s going to pay.

Recent case: American International Group uses a software program to screen applications. Job-seekers apply via a web site, entering their educational backgrounds and qualifications. The software then weeds out obviously unqualified applicants.

One such applicant sued AIG, claiming he must have been rejected because he had sued other potential employers. He said AIG had to have known about his past lawsuits because every employer obviously googles applicants.

The judge disagreed and warned, “Continued abuse of the judicial process and harassment of public and private litigants must end. Otherwise, this court ... will visit upon him costly and significant sanctions.” (Digianni v. American International Group, No. 08-CV-4355, ED NY, 2010)

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