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Civil Procedure; Dismissal

Civil Procedure; Dismissal

Where a lawsuit was found to constitute harassment, its dismissal is with prejudice.

“The suit appears, moreover, to be intended to harass the defendants. This is the plaintiff’s seventh suit against chemistry professors at Illinois universities. The previous six have all been dismissed. In only one of them did the judge base dismissal on the plaintiff’s ineligibility to represent the United States in litigation.

The other judges dismissed his suits because the suits were meritless, or failed to identify a specific defendant, or Georgakis lacked standing to sue because he had no personal stake in the litigation. He went ahead with the present case undeterred by the fate of his previous cases. The inference of intent to harass is compelling. So the judge had the authority to dismiss the suit with prejudice and had compelling reasons for doing so.”


13-1367 Georgakis v. Illinois State University

Appeal from the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Tharp J., Posner, J.

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