You are technically correct that the loser can be asked to pay in the US, but you are being disingenuous if anyone reading your posts feels that this happens with any frequency in the American system. It is uncommon, very uncommon.
My guess is the vast majority of observers of the US legal system (except for the Trial Lawyers groups, of course) would conclude that the system is not suffering from too few lawsuits (for any reason).
There is something wrong when the cost of a ladder or a car seat is being taken up more by the legal department and insurance than the R&D, marketing, raw materials or human resources departments.
Last edited by LuckyR; 12-06-2012 at 11:16 AM.