De minimis is a Latin phrase meaning “concerning minimal things”. It usually refers to the failure to reach some threshold level required to be actionable.
A de minimis claim is a claim for an amount of damages that does not exceed a specified sum. Such claims are often defined in agreements to avoid a party from bringing claims for insignificant sums.
The term de minimis is also commonly used in copyright law. Courts have dismissed copyright infringement cases where the alleged infringer’s use of the copyrighted work was so slight (or insignificant) that it is deemed to be de minimis.
There is also a legal maxim “de minimis non curat lex” which means “the law does not concern itself with trifles”.
“De minimis claims below £20,000 were excluded under the agreement.”