vexatious litigation

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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"
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The courts should impose compensatory costs u/s 35-A of the CPC similarly on the patron of High Court of Sindh, the other high courts may also amend the relevant rules for incorporation of a provision to impose a cost up to one hundred thousand rupees for false, frivolous and vexatious litigation.
Because Madison's history of vexatious litigation appears to target only Loudoun County and its various departments, the injunction is limited to actions filed against the county.
Dubbing the suit as a vexatious litigation, Justice C.V.
by deterring fraud, in part, through the availability of private securities fraud actions" (97) and the potential for vexatious litigation in the modern class-action setting.
Vexatious litigation generally involves legal proceedings brought solely to harass or oppress the opposing party.
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. His most recent appeal was thrown out in September.
According to Wikipedia, malicious or vexatious litigation "is legal action which is brought, regardless of its merits, solely to harass or subdue an adversary.