Kato sues Ralph in a product liability action. Ralph brings an action for summary judgment. What does that mean? It’s a method to end a lawsuit prior to a full trial. Either no facts in the case are in dispute or Ralph asserts that even if all the facts are as stated by Kato, Ralph deserves to win the case as a matter of law and the case should go no further. A summary judgment is the judgment rendered by an arbitrator when the parties agreed to arbitration. It’s a method to end a lawsuit prior to a full trial. Even though the two sides dispute the facts in the case, the evidence is so overwhelming clear that the judge should decide the “true” facts and rule on the case as a matter of law. A summary judgment action is granted when one party to a lawsuit fails to answer the complaint or show up for trial on the assigned date.