N.Y. Civil Rights Law Section 70
Vexatious suits


If a person vexatiously or maliciously, in the name of another but without the latter’s consent, or in the name of an unknown person, commences or continues, or causes to be commenced or continued, an action or special proceeding, in a court, of record or not of record, or a special proceeding before a judge or a justice of the peace; or takes, or causes to be taken, any proceeding, in the course of an action or special proceeding in such a court, or before such an officer, either before or after judgment or other final determination; an action to recover damages therefor may be maintained against him by the adverse party to the action or special proceeding; and a like action may be maintained by the person, if any, whose name was thus used. He is also guilty of a misdemeanor, punishable by imprisonment not exceeding six months.

Source: Section 70 — Vexatious suits, https://www.­nysenate.­gov/legislation/laws/CVR/70 (updated Sep. 22, 2014; accessed Jun. 15, 2024).

70
Vexatious suits
70‑A
Actions involving public petition and participation
70‑B
Unlawful interference with protected rights
71
Damages in action for suing in name of another
72
Term of imprisonment of civil prisoner
73
Code of fair procedure for investigating agencies
74
Privileges in action for libel
75
Defamation by radio or television
76
Action for libel: evidence, separate verdicts
76‑A
Actions involving public petition and participation
77
Special damages in action for slander of a woman
78
Mitigating circumstances in action for libel or slander
79
Forfeiture of office and suspension of civil rights
79‑A
Consequence of sentence to imprisonment for life
79‑B
Forfeiture of property on conviction abolished
79‑C
Convict protected by law
79‑D
Creditor of convict
79‑E
Right to breast feed
79‑F
Liability for acts of persons assisting police officers
79‑G
Filing of certificates of honorable discharge with county clerks
79‑H
Special provisions relating to persons employed by, or connected with, news media
79‑I
Discrimination against person who refuses to perform certain act prohibited
79‑J
Confidentiality of records in multi-state information system
79‑K
Civil immunity for certain persons assisting in emergency situations
79‑L
Confidentiality of records of genetic tests
79‑M
Criminal interference with health care services, religious worship, funeral, burial or memorial service
79‑N
Bias-related violence or intimidation
79‑N*2
Funeral or bereavement leave
79‑O
Closed captioning in places of public accommodation, resort or amusement
79‑P
Recording certain activities
79‑P*2
Gender neutral single-occupancy bathroom facilities
79‑Q
Collection of gender or sex designation information by state agencies

Accessed:
Jun. 15, 2024

Last modified:
Sep. 22, 2014

§ 70’s source at nysenate​.gov

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