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plaintiff

(formerly) a person who brings a civil action in a court of law
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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.
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.
Some fifty years ago there was a curious case of whale-trover litigated in England, wherein the plaintiffs set forth that after a hard chase of a whale in the Northern seas; and when indeed they (the plaintiffs) had succeeded in harpooning the fish; they were at last, through peril of their lives, obliged to forsake not only their lines, but their boat itself.
Wherefore the plaintiffs now sued for the recovery of the value of their whale, line, harpoons, and boat.
His indignant countrymen actually caused him to be prosecuted in the native courts, on a charge nearly equivalent to what we term defamation of character; but the old fellow persisting in his assertion, and no invalidating proof being adduced, the plaintiffs were cast in the suit, and the cannibal reputation of the defendant firmly established.
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.
The court denied most of the defendants' motions, finding that the plaintiff had established that, with some minor limitations, the studies and testimony were sufficiently reliable to pass the threshold test of admissibility.
In the Federal system, statutory fees are typically awarded by the court under the lodestar approach (Hensley, 461 US 424 (1983)), and the plaintiff usually has little control over the amount awarded.
Company witnesses testified that the plaintiff constantly had problems with management and co-workers, which led to a series of escalating disciplinary sanctions ranging from warnings to denial of privileges to a suspension.
If suing multiple defendants, the plaintiff could choose which defendant to use in support of venue in a particular county.