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Effort To Limit Frivolous Lawsuits

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By DAVE COLLINS, Associated Press

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Connecticut lawmakers have proposed a bill that seeks to deter people convicted of crimes from filing frivolous and harassing lawsuits against their victims.

The bill is before the legislature’s Judiciary Committee and lawmakers are aiming to hold a public hearing by the end of the month.

Under the legislation, if a judge rules that a convict’s lawsuit is frivolous or meant to harass the victim, the convict could face sanctions including having to pay the victim’s legal costs. The convict’s lawyer could also face discipline.

The legislation would also make it harder for anyone to continue to sue someone after three failed lawsuits.

Lawmakers say the bill, introduced Monday, is aimed at prisoners who harass victims and estranged spouses who filed repeated court actions.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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