li·ti·gious /li-'ti-jəs/ adj
1: prone to engage in lawsuits or legal maneuvers esp. to an excessive degree
a stubbornly litigious defendant
2: subject to litigation
acquired only a possible litigious claimWells v. Joseph, 95 So. 2d 843 (1957)
3: of, relating to, or marked by litigation
li·ti·gious·ly adv
li·ti·gious·ness n

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

I adjective actionable, aggressive, antagonistic, arguing, argumental, argumentative, at variance, bellicose, belligerent, combative, conflicting, contentious, contested, contrary, controversial, controvertible, debatable, disagreeing, discordant, disposed to controversy, disputable, disputatious, disputative, dissentious, eristic, eristical, exceptious, fighting, given to disputation, hostile, inimical, irreconcilable, litigatory, litigiosus, militant, offensive, open to debate, open to question, opposing, polemic, polemical, pugnacious, quarrelsome, querulous, unpeaceful, warlike associated concepts: barratry II index actionable, argumentative, contentious, forensic

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

Description of a person or company with a disposition toward bringing or prolonging lawsuits, even if the suits are unnecessary, unfounded, or largely retaliatory.
Category: Small Claims Court & Lawsuits

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

   referring to a person who constantly brings or prolongs legal actions, particularly when the legal maneuvers are unnecessary or unfounded. Such persons often enjoy legal battles, controversy, the courtroom, the spotlight, use the courts to punish enemies, seek profit, and pursue minor matters which do not deserve judicial attention. Some of these people are called "professional plaintiffs."

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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