Barratry


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Barratry

1. In maritime commerce, an illegal act in which the captain or crew of a ship damages the transaction. Examples include stealing cargo or throwing it overboard. Barratry is a risk associated with the transaction; responsibility for the risk may rest with the buyer or the seller, depending on the terms of the shipping agreement. See also: Incoterm.

2. The act or practice of filing repeated, usually frivolous lawsuits.
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Button, (28) the Court held that the amended Virginia barratry statute violated the First Amendment.
The rulings in Primus and Button suggest that clinics might invoke constitutional protections to ward off some restrictions that might arise from outside attacks, but those attacks do not involve claims of barratry or other ethical lapses of the sort that were at issue in those cases.
He said that his team is working to determine if it can legally retry Reynolds on felony barratry charges.
This is the second time Reynolds has been charged with barratry.
A grand jury indicted Reynolds last fall on 10 counts of barratry for illegally offering legal services to accident victims within 30 days of the incidents.
Reynolds, who has been charged with two felony counts of barratry, was in Austin conducting state business at the Capitol.
Ron Reynolds, D-Missouri City, walked into the Montgomery County Jail on Tuesday morning to be booked on two counts of barratry.
Arrest Warrant Issued for Reynolds Over Alleged Barratry Scheme: "Nearly a month after the Harris County DA dropped barratry charges against Rep.
Nearly a month after the Harris County District Attorney dropped barratry charges against Rep.
Ron Reynolds is out of hot water after barratry charges against him were dropped Wednesday following allegations of misconduct by a former Harris County district attorney's office investigator who headed up the case against him.
Often derided as "ambulance chasing," barratry - illegally offering legal services to people within 90 days following an accident - is a third-degree felony in Texas punishable by up to 10 years in jail.