abuse of process

Definition of "abuse of process"
  1. Using legal procedures for dishonest or harmful motives. This can be gaining an unfair advantage, forcing payments, getting information, or scaring someone. This is done through ill-intentioned practices such as serving non-filed complaints or filing baseless lawsuits, or filing false official documents. It's punishable and subject to discipline
How to use "abuse of process" in a sentence
  1. Unfortunately, his reputation for abuse of process deterred potential clients.
  2. She realized it was an abuse of process when she received a complaint that had not been officially filed.
  3. Filing a baseless lawsuit with the intention of gaining unwarranted payment is a clear example of an abuse of process.

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