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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.

BEN LEUBSDORF

Legacy Comments1

Does this law cover lawyers from filing three frivolous lawsuits? If not, it should.

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