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Wrongful Use of Civil Proceedings & Related Torts in Pennsylvania

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A comprehensive review of the body of law upon which wrongful use litigation is built, based and written upon years of experience and a close study of the jurisprudence.

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.


  • Wrongful Use of Civil Proceedings
  • Abuse of Process
  • Malicious Prosecution
  • Judicial Privilege
  • Damages
Additional Information
Division Name The Legal Intelligencer
Volumes 0
Product Types Books
Brand The Legal Intelligencer
Publication Date July 21, 2017
Jurisdiction Pennsylvania
ISBN 978-1-62881-345-6
Page Count 0
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Chapter 1

Wrongful Use of Civil Proceedings


            1-1:1    The Common Law Tort in Pennsylvania

            1-1:2    Enactment of Dragonetti


            1-2:1    Procurement, Initiation

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