Was reading about the co-investor brother who sued the CEO brother for raising minimum salaries to 70K but lost now has to pay the CEO brother’s 1.2M in legal fees. I love that the brother was willing to put himself on the line to raise salaries, so am glad to see from the distance that he won. Anyway, I was wondering when civil law suits started, so perused WIkipedia about this.
Ancient Rome had fairly comprehensive laws in place for the process for various civil suits. In time, this continued with the Byzantine (i.e. Eastern Roman) Empire, and continued into Europe into the Middle Ages. Germany and Anglo-Saxon cultures had civil cases, but in the case of English cultures the money went to the king as a penalty (and for extra revenue). If I understand the reading correctly, it was about the 18th century when civil lawsuits as we know them began to take shape.