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How do we add a new defendant to a lawsuit How do we style

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How do we add a new defendant to a lawsuit? How do we style the amended petition to include the new defendant? Do we add a separate Count for that new defendant? Are the charges of malicious prosecution and conspiracy to defraud criminal offenses or civil?
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It's easy. You do amend. File a PLAINTIFF'S FIRST AMENDED and just add the new Defendant on there. File a copy with the Court, noting to the Court clerk in the top letter than a new def. has been added. She may make you take it down to intake to reprocess (5 mins). Serve the other unlucky new party, and they are part of suit.Adding new causes of action would be the same thing - just add new causes of action in the first amended, and that's it.Malicious prosecution are CIVIL charges for a CRIMINAL prosecutor who went too far.

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Customer: replied 7 years ago.
You didn't answer the question about conspiracy to defraud. The man we purchased our property from assured us the neighbor would move his tool shed, which encroaches on our property by 15 feet. That neighbor sued us for adverse possession, now claims he didn't say he'd move the shed. We learned during a hearing that the seller and our neighbor agreed our neighbor would agree to anything the seller wanted to say in order to induce us to buy his property. So is there conspiracy to defraud, we think so, but is it civil or criminal? The seller ratted on the neighbor in court testimony and we want to add to the seller to the suit.

We though malicious prosecution was for people who strung out cases when they could have reached settlement early on. We had settlement talks within a month of the filing 4 years ago; went to court ordered mediation 2 years ago and reached settlement but then they renegged and increased their demands each time...more land and more money damages. We're not willing to pay them anything now because our legal expenses blew past $30K so we are now having to go ProSe. We are holding our own, as one day of trial is over with one more scheduled. We want to be fully prepared to be awarded money damages.
Apologies.This is a civil conspiracy, and should be included as a cause of action.BR>And yes in your case, malicious prosecution does fit. While used MOSTLY for criminal, it can be used for civil: its elements include (1) intentionally (and maliciously) instituting and pursuing (or causing to be instituted or pursued) a legal action (civil or criminal) that is (2) brought without probable cause and (3) dismissed in favor of the victim of the malicious prosecution.Sorry for the missing elements.

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Customer: replied 7 years ago.
Thanks, XXXXX XXXXX were very helpful. We will ask for you by name in the future.
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