vexatious litigation
n.
A lawsuit brought without probable cause, out of malice toward the opposing party.

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


vexatious litigation
A lawsuit that is filed when there is no legal basis, and with the purpose to bother, annoy, embarrass, and cause legal expenses to the defendant. Vexatious litigation also includes continuing a lawsuit after discovery of the facts shows it has absolutely no merit. Vexatious litigation may lead to a legal claim of malicious prosecution against the vexatious litigant. Most states allow a judge to penalize plaintiffs and attorneys for filing or continuing a frivolous legal action. (See also: frivolous)
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Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.


vexatious litigation
n. A civil suit that can be shown to have been brought maliciously and in the absence of reasonable cause.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.


vexatious litigation
A legal action or proceeding initiated maliciously and without probable cause by an individual who is not acting in good faith for the purpose of annoying or embarrassing an opponent.

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


vexatious litigation
A legal action or proceeding initiated maliciously and without probable cause by an individual who is not acting in good faith for the purpose of annoying or embarrassing an opponent.

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

vexatious litigation
n.
   filing a lawsuit with the knowledge that it has no legal basis, with its purpose to bother, annoy, embarrass and cause legal expenses to the defendant. Vexatious litigation includes continuing a lawsuit after discovery of the facts shows it has absolutely no merit. Upon judgment for the defendant, he/she has the right to file a suit for "malicious prosecution" against the original vexatious plaintiff. Moreover, most states allow a judge to penalize with sanctions a plaintiff and his/her attorney for filing or continuing a "frivolous" legal action (money award to the defendant for the trouble and/or attorney fees).

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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