barratry


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barratry

(băr′ă-trē)
The practice of encouraging or sponsoring legal actions, esp. frivolous or unnecessary lawsuits.
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Reese's statements as the basis for indicting Fred Gray under Alabama's barratry statute.
Here the author shows how the sin of barratry and these grafters should be derided by everyone; surely any such reprehensible sound signifies derision.
members does not raise traditional barratry concerns.
An' fer attempted barratry they'll stuff him in the hokey-pokey fer the next ten--Hey!
Funding companies also must steer clear of states that enforce the centuries-old legal doctrines of champerty, barratry, and maintenance, which prohibit nonparties from promoting or investing in lawsuits.
Piracy (see inset), barratry, and trans-national crime are examples of immediate threats to our trade routes.
Professor Williams was sympathetic, but he explained that if I entered the barrios to solicit business I would be committing barratry and be subject to disbarment.
Webster's defines barratry as "the practice of exciting and encouraging or maintaining lawsuits or quarrels: the persistent incitement of litigation." The judiciary used to punish barratry.
A former Texas attorney is headed to prison on charges of insurance fraud and barratry for a scheme involving fraudulent lawsuits filed after hail storms, the Texas Department of Insurance announced.
In November, a Montgomery County jury found him guilty of five barratry counts in an "ambulance-chasing for profit" scheme and sentenced him to one year in jail and a $4,000 fine.
of the seas, fires, assailing thieves, pirates, rovers, jettisons, barratry of the Master and Mariners, and all other like losses.