Q: Can dismissing a civil suit result in fees?
A: Yes. A prevailing party is entitled to their "costs". Depending on the case, these can be quite significant. In some cases, such as when a contract or statute allows them, attorney fees may also be assessed. Some costs are automatic and are awarded after a "memorandum of costs" is served/filed (and the opportunity to challenge has passed), and some require a separate motion to be awarded.
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