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Over the past decade or so, Pennsylvania has seen a significant (if not explosive) increase in lawsuits that, at their core, complain that some other lawsuit was “wrongful” or “abusive.” Such suits are popularly known as “Dragonetti” actions. Typically, these cases are brought not only against the litigants bringing the allegedly wrongful proceedings, but against their lawyers as well. All practicing litigation attorneys – and indeed any lawyer involved in representing clients in litigation – are potential targets of wrongful use actions and should have a thorough understanding of the legal rules and principles by which he or she may be judged.
Despite the fact that “wrongful use” cases have for centuries been debated in the courts, there are few, if any, analytical resources available.
Wrongful Use of Civil Proceedings and Related Torts in Pennsylvania is a comprehensive review of the body of law upon which wrongful use litigation is built. Compiled by author George Bochetto of Bochetto & Lentz, P.C. and his colleagues, it is based upon years of experience and a close study of the jurisprudence.
|Division Name||The Legal Intelligencer|
|Brand||The Legal Intelligencer|
|Publication Date||July 21, 2017|
Wrongful Use of Civil Proceedings
1-1 HISTORY OF THE TORT AND ENACTMENT OF DRAGONETTI ACT
1-1:1 The Common Law Tort in Pennsylvania
1-1:2 Enactment of Dragonetti
1-2 THE DRAGONETTI ACT AND ITS ELEMENTS
1-2:1 Procurement, Initiation