FACT CHECK — Lingle: You 'Don't Pay Anything' To Sue Someone in U.S.

Courtesy, Linda Lingle

WASHINGTON — In making the case for legal reform in the United States, former Hawaii Gov. Linda Lingle said there is "no downside" to suing someone in this country.

"This is the only country that has what's known as the American Rule, which says you can sue someone and if you lose, you have no downside, you don't pay anything," Lingle said before the Kaneohe Business Group last month in an appearance to promote her U.S. Senate candidacy. "Other industrialized nations, if you run up bills in the court system, and you lose, there's some downside to it, you have to pay the costs of the other side."

Is Lingle's characterization of the so-called American Rule accurate?

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