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lawsuit:

see procedureprocedure,
in law, the rules that govern the obtaining of legal redress. This article deals only with civil procedure in Anglo-American law (for criminal procedure, see criminal law).
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in law, the violation of some duty clearly set by law, not by a specific agreement between two parties, as in breach of contract. When such a duty is breached, the injured party has the right to institute suit for compensatory damages.
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lawsuit

a proceeding in a court of law brought by one party against another, esp a civil action
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Mr McGee, who lost a front tooth and suffered facial cuts in the fight last December, has told lawyers to begin civil action for compensation for the injuries he received.
But Mr Weaver's insurance company has since agreed to fund the legal costs of a civil action in Britain against the boy and his family.
9) Prior to the decision in Dickerson, civil actions filed against law enforcement officers claiming violations of Miranda were easily defended on the grounds that Miranda was not constitutionally mandated and, therefore, could not support an action under either Section 1983 or Bivens.
Mr Gallagher said if the civil action were to succeed, it would be ``a powerful tool'' for many victims of terrorist violence - not just in Northern Ireland but around the world.
Now Lib Dem Richard Oglethorpe has urged chief executive David Henshaw to carry out a feasibility study into a civil action scheme.
David Young says too much effort has been expended in moving the civil action forward.
Leading Aberdeen solicitor- advocate David Burnside confirmed yesterday he had instructed her to consider raising her own civil action against Watt for damages.
The last major civil action against a man acquitted of murder in Scotland was in the case of Hamilton teenager Amanda Duffy who was killed in 1993.
The popular nonfiction book A Civil Action (1995, Jonathan Harr, Random House) and its movie version relate how residents of a Massachusetts town came to blame a set of leukemia cases on trichloroethylene and other chemicals in the town's water supply.
Lawyer Errs on the Side of Angels": That's the newsy headline atop Janet Maslin's New York Times review of A Civil Action, the Hollywood release, based on the book by Jonathan Hart, in which attorney Jan Schlichtmann sues two large corporations on behalf of leukemia-stricken children in Woburn, Massachusetts.
who started the civil action in 1993, London MPP Marion Boyd, sought to prevent all pro-life demonstrations whatsoever, including picketing and prayer at doctors' residences.