abuse of process
- 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
- Unfortunately, his reputation for abuse of process deterred potential clients.
- She realized it was an abuse of process when she received a complaint that had not been officially filed.
- Filing a baseless lawsuit with the intention of gaining unwarranted payment is a clear example of an abuse of process.