vexatious litigation


Also found in: Thesaurus, Legal, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.vexatious litigation - litigation shown to have been instituted maliciously and without probable cause; "he got an injunction against vexatious litigation by his enemies"
judicial proceeding, litigation - a legal proceeding in a court; a judicial contest to determine and enforce legal rights
law, jurisprudence - the collection of rules imposed by authority; "civilization presupposes respect for the law"; "the great problem for jurisprudence to allow freedom while enforcing order"
References in periodicals archive ?
Because Wakefield cannot meet the burden of proof required under the anti-SLAPP statute, he will likely be ordered to pay defendants' costs, and may be further financially deterred by the courts due to his long history of vexatious litigation.
Attorney-General Robert Clark said the new, more effective regime to control and prevent vexatious litigation in Victoria's courts and tribunals would help stop frivolous claims against individuals, businesses and governments.
According to Wikipedia, malicious or vexatious litigation "is legal action which is brought, regardless of its merits, solely to harass or subdue an adversary.
The court had clearly ruled that the present petition ( by Prakash Industries) is an instance of a vexatious litigation that has wasted the precious time of the court and that it should be dismissed with exemplary cost," he said.
The Court also found that "O2 Micro engaged in a vexatious litigation strategy and litigation misconduct," entitling MPS to its reasonable attorneys' fees.
In establishing the rule, courts primarily feared "strike suits'' (15) or vexatious litigation brought for the purpose of forcing an inequitable settlement as well as conjectural or speculative claims.