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  Connecticut General Statutes

Research guides prepared by the Connecticut Judicial Branch law librarians:

Connecticut Judicial Branch Civil Jury Instructions:

  • 3.13-5 Vexatious Suit - Claim under General Statutes �52-568
  • 3.13-6 Vexatious Suit - Claim at Common Law
  • 3.13-8 Abuse of Process
  • 3.13-9 Defense of Good Faith Reliance Upon Advice of Counsel
OLR Research Reports - Office of Legislative Research:
  • Vexatious Litigation and Sanctions Against Attorney - 2008-R-0101
    You asked for information on vexatious litigation and whether the statute or other sanctions might apply to prejudgment remedies. You also asked for statistics on how often the vexatious litigation statute is used.

Library Materials

  • Connecticut Torts: The Law and Practice, Second Edition. by Frederic S. Ury & Neal L. Moskow.
    • Chapter 12. Bringing Intentional Tort Claims
      •  12.03. Bringing a Claim for Misuse of the Legal System
  • Connecticut Law of Torts, Third Edition. by Douglas B. Wright et al.
    •  160. Introduction
    •  162. Vexatious Suit

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Recent Case Law

  • Bernhard-Thomas Building Systems, LLC v. Dunican, 286 Conn. 548 (2008)
    "The dispositive issue in this certified appeal is whether the Appellate Court properly concluded that a prejudgment remedy application is not a civil action for purposes of a subsequent claim for the tort of vexatious litigation. We agree that such an application is not a civil action for purposes of a subsequent claim for vexatious litigation, and accordingly, we affirm the judgment of the Appellate Court."

  • Lopes v. Farmer, 286 Conn. 384 (2008)
    "In this malicious prosecution brought pursuant to 42 U.S.C. Sec. 1983, the plaintiff appeals from the grant of summary judgment rendered in favor of defendants.  On appeal, the plaintiff claims the trial court improperly concluded that his claims against the defendants were barred by the statute of limitations.  We agree, and accordingly, reverse the judgment of the trial court."

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