According to a recent report from the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), frivolous lawsuits cause headaches for a lot of companies, but small businesses are sometimes the most frequent targets and also end up being particularly hard-hit as a result.

“Frivolous lawsuits create a climate of fear for America’s small businesses,” said the report. “While some claims are legitimate, a large percentage are completely without merit.” However, small businesses that are sued still have to defend themselves, and this defense is often more costly to both the businesses and their customers.

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