Hassan signs bill targeting ‘vexatious litigants’ and frivolous lawsuits
Bill targeting frivolous lawsuits signed into law
It just got a little harder to use New Hampshire’s court system to harass someone.
Gov. Maggie Hassan last week signed a bill creating sanctions for so-called “vexatious litigants.”
Under the new law, anyone found by a judge to have filed at least three “frivolous lawsuits . . . initiated for the primary purpose of harassment” can be designated a “vexatious litigant.”
State law already allows a judge to dismiss a frivolous or harassing lawsuit and require the plaintiff to pay all costs and fees plus $1,000.
The bill was introduced by Sen. Sharon Carson, a Londonderry Republican. It passed the Senate on a voice vote and cleared the House in May on a 198-130 vote.