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vexatious

Law (of a legal action or proceeding) instituted without sufficient grounds, esp so as to cause annoyance or embarrassment to the defendant
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In turn, old [section] 829, which was derived from Congressional Acts of 1813 and 1853, provided: 'If any attorney, proctor, or other person admitted to conduct causes in any court of the United States, or of any Territory, appears to have multiplied the proceedings in any cause before such court so as to increase costs unreasonably and vexatiously, he shall be required, by order of the court, to satisfy any excess of costs so increased.
She contends the city's prior actions regarding her property were carried out in "bad faith, vexatiously, wantonly, for oppressive reasons or with reckless disregard, and in violation of societal norms, in injuring and interfering with the Plaintiffs, rights to due process and their constitutionally protected rights.
Also, there are stiff penalties for attorneys or others practicing before the Tax Court who "(multiply) the proceedings in any case unreasonably and vexatiously.
In an unprecedented ruling, the United States District Court for Utah found that the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) acted wantonly, oppressively, vexatiously and in bad faith in prosecuting claims against local businessman Mark O.
Costs awards can be made for example if hearings are postponed late in the day due to the action of a party; if a party fails to comply with an order made by the tribunal, or the employment judge or tribunal is of the opinion that, either the party (in bringing proceedings), or the party or their representative (in conducting proceedings), has acted vexatiously, abusively, disruptively, or otherwise unreasonably, or that the bringing or conducting of proceedings has been misconceived.
157) Rather, the court held that the prosecutor had a reasonable basis for proceeding against the defendant and did not act vexatiously, frivolously, or in bad faith.