Abuse of Litigation Procedures (Torts):

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malicious prosecution – institution of a criminal or civil proceeding for an improper purpose, without probable cause. — aka (in the context of civil proceedings) malicious use of process; (archaically) malicious institution of civil proceedings; malicious prosecution of civil action.

malicious defense – defendant’s use of unfair, harassing, or illegal tactics to advance a frivolous or unmeritorious defense.

discovery abuse – misuse of the pretrial discovery process, especially by

(1) requesting unnecessary information;
(2) requesting information for an improper purpose; or
(3) failing to respond adequately to a proper discovery request.
 — aka abuse of discovery.


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