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Frivolous Lawsuits and Vexatious Litigants

Reviewed 7/21/2022
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Introduction

New Hampshire has many statutes penalizing litigants who file frivolous or unnecessary lawsuits.  There is also New Hampshire case law pre-dating the statutes that deals with frivolous lawsuits and the court’s equitable powers to punish litigants who bring these actions.  Litigants who bring frivolous lawsuits or violate these statutes are interfering with court and judicial efficiency and, because of this, most of the relevant statutes provide for punishments for the offending party for this kind of behavior, usually requiring that party to pay court costs and reasonable attorney fees to the opposing party.

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