barratry
bar·ra·try /'bar-ə-trē/ n pl -tries [Middle French baraterie deception, from barater to deceive, cheat]
1: an unlawful act or fraudulent breach of duty by a ship's master or crew that injures the interests of the ship's or cargo's owners
— often used in marine insurance policies
◇ Examples of barratry include embezzling cargo, stealing a ship's equipment, or willfully sinking a ship.
2: the persistent incitement of litigation

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

barratry
index disloyalty

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006


barratry
n.
The offense of inciting lawsuits or quarrels.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


barratry
1. wrongs committed by the crew of a ship that prejudice the ship owner or the charterer.
2. formerly, the wrong of persistently taking out court actions.

Collins dictionary of law. . 2001.


barratry
Creating legal business by stirring up disputes and quarrels, generally for the benefit of the lawyer who sees fees in the matter. Barratry is illegal in all states and subject to criminal punishment or discipline by the state bar.
Category: Small Claims Court & Lawsuits

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.


barratry
n. The persistent incitement or initiation of groundless lawsuits and quarrels. Was a crime under the common law and is a statutory crime in most states.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.


barratry
In criminal law, the frequent incitement of lawsuits and quarrels that is a punishable offense.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.


barratry
In criminal law, the frequent incitement of lawsuits and quarrels that is a punishable offense.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

barratry
n.
   creating legal business by stirring up disputes and quarrels, generally for the benefit of the lawyer who sees fees in the matter. Barratry is illegal in all states and subject to criminal punishment and/or discipline by the state bar, but there must be a showing that the resulting lawsuit was totally groundless. There is a lot of border-line barratry in which attorneys, in the name of being tough or protecting the client, fail to seek avenues for settlement of disputes or will not tell the client he/she has no legitimate claim.

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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  • barratry —   n. unlawful action by captain or seamen injuring owner or freighter of ship; inciting to litigation or riot; simony.    ♦ barrator, n. person habitually entering into quarrels and law suits.    ♦ barratous,    ♦ barratrous, a. quarrelsome;… …   Dictionary of difficult words

  • barratry — /baeratriy/ barratry or barretry The offense of frequently exciting and stirring up quarrels and suits, either at law or otherwise. State v. Batson, 220 N.C. 411, 17 S.E.2d 511, 512, 513. In maritime law, an act committed by master or mariners of …   Black's law dictionary

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  • barratry — noun (plural tries) Etymology: Middle English (Scots) barratrie, from Anglo French *baraterie, literally, deception, from Old French barater to be active, do business, cause strife, deceive, perhaps from Vulgar Latin *prattare, from Greek… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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