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plaintiff

(formerly) a person who brings a civil action in a court of law
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Wherefore the plaintiffs now sued for the recovery of the value of their whale, line, harpoons, and boat.
Pickwick was fain to prepare for his Christmas visit to Dingley Dell, with the pleasant anticipation that some two or three months afterwards, an action brought against him for damages sustained by reason of a breach of promise of marriage, would be publicly tried in the Court of Common Pleas; the plaintiff having all the advantages derivable, not only from the force of circumstances, but from the sharp practice of Dodson & Fogg to boot.
Observing this, and how, without another word, he made off, and observing too the resignation of the plaintiff, Sancho buried his head in his bosom and remained for a short space in deep thought, with the forefinger of his right hand on his brow and nose; then he raised his head and bade them call back the old man with the stick, for he had already taken his departure.
In this world it is necessary to adopt the principle pursued by the plaintiff in an action for damages, and to demand ten times more than you are ready to accept.
The little plaintiff or defendant who was promised a new rocking-horse when Jarndyce and Jarndyce should be settled has grown up, possessed himself of a real horse, and trotted away into the other world.
The Cadi took his seat gravely, and an officer introduced first Ali Cogia, the plaintiff, and then the merchant who was the defendant.
And all the evening long the timid townsmen's doors have had to be quick opened to let in rough groups of soldiers, for whom there must be found both board and lodging, and the best of both, or woe betide the house and all within; for the sword is judge and jury, plaintiff and executioner, in these tempestuous times, and pays for what it takes by sparing those from whom it takes it, if it pleases it to do so.
As recently as the mid-1990s, virtually nothing prevented plaintiffs lawyers from churning out these lawsuits every time bad news was reported about a corporation or every time a company released a negative earnings report.
and other developments favoring plaintiffs could portend more proplaintiff decisions and settlements, as well as an increase in future welding fume lawsuits.
However, it is not retroactive, thus, the plaintiffs would have been entitled only to a miscellaneous itemized deduction, disallowed for purposes of the alternative minimum tax.
By ruling that the plaintiff didn't need to present direct evidence of discrimination, the Court opened the door for plaintiffs to recover for discrimination, even if companies have a non-discriminatory reason for actions against employees.
The court's action follows the October 2002 adoption by the state legislature of a bill that requires plaintiffs to file medical malpractice lawsuits only in the county in which the cause of action occurred.