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Hi there, if a customer is taking the company to court over

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Hi there, if a customer is taking the company to court over a dispute through the small claims court. Is the defendant entitled to claim anything back in form of compensation if the case is successfully defended?
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Michael
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Law
Expert:  Jo C. replied 3 years ago.
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Not usually at the small claims court.
You can try to claim costs but only if a claim was 'vexatious or reasonable' which has generally been interpreted to mean that it has no basis in law. If that is the case then you can always apply for summary judgment to strike it out at an early stage.
On your primary point, there are very few consequences usually to being a vexatious accuser or litigant. There have to be a very large number of incidents of vexatious actions before it becomes clear that the problem lies with the accuser not the accused.
Sorry if that is bad news.
Can I clarify anything for you?
Jo