The phrase "opening the floodgates of litigation" connotes a pejorative meaning in American legal argument. Most often, it is used by courts as a reason not to allow a certain case to proceed for fear that it would overburden both courts and society with a new class of lawsuits.
Michael J. Bazyler,
Nuremberg in America: Litigating the Holocaust in United States Courts,
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