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Solo’s Suits ‘Vexatious,’ Judge Says

Posted Jul 19, 2007 10:58 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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A Manhattan solo practitioner says an order barring her from filing new lawsuits on her own behalf is part of a judicial conspiracy against her.

Eleanor Capogrosso will have to get advance permission if she wants to file any more suits, after filing 16 of them on her own behalf, a Manhattan judge has decided. The court cited “a pattern of vexatious conduct and repetitive litigation” as the reason for its decision.

Judge Debra James issued the injunction and dismissed the 16th suit on statute of limitations grounds, the New York Law Journal reports. Capogrosso's suits covered several claims, including legal malpractice, medical malpractice and landlord-tenant issues.

Capogrosso told the legal newspaper that "this has a lot to do with a lot of things other than [the] 16 lawsuits.” She sees a connection between the action and her complaints against two judges.

"Ever since I filed a judicial complaint against [the judges], every case that I've had has been dismissed,” she said. "When a lawyer tries to complain about actions of a judge, … they will try to run you out of business. To every lawyer out there: Do not complain about a judge."

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