But this time, at least the losing plaintiff has to pay a sizable chunk of the defense costs.
Ellen Pao lost a very high profile, "try the case in the media" sexual harassment lawsuit last year. She has now been ordered to pay more than $250,000 in attorneys fees to the defense team.
I've often argued that the only effective way to cut down on people filing cases that have no basis in fact or law is to shift more of the the risk of losing to the plaintiff's side. This decision does exactly that, and I hope we see more of these kinds of awards when there are defense verdicts.
UPDATE: Ms. Pao's misfortunes continue.