"Abuse of process"
A cause of action that arises when one party willfully misuses the legal process to injure another
A cause of action that arises when one party misuses the legal process to injure the other.
Abuse of Process is the misuse of the legal process by illegal or malicious means. Examples include serving a complaint that has not been filed for the purpose of intimidation, or filing a false declaration of service.
Abuse of process is a common law intentional tort. It is to be distinguished from malicious prosecution, another type of tort that involves misuse of the public right of access to the courts.
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