cause of action


Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, Wikipedia.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.cause of action - a claim sufficient to demand judicial attention; the facts that give rise to right of action
claim - an assertion of a right (as to money or property); "his claim asked for damages"
law, jurisprudence - the collection of rules imposed by authority; "civilization presupposes respect for the law"; "the great problem for jurisprudence to allow freedom while enforcing order"
References in classic literature ?
Plornish, having been made acquainted with the cause of action from the Defendant's own mouth, gave Arthur to understand that the Plaintiff was a 'Chaunter'--meaning, not a singer of anthems, but a seller of horses--and that he (Plornish) considered that ten shillings in the pound 'would settle handsome,' and that more would be a waste of money.
Tomorrow, at breakfast, we are to meet again, and after making our conclusions known to one another, we shall decide on some definite cause of action.
2004); see also Siegel, Practice Commentaries, supra note 1, C3211:24 ("Under the common law demurrer, the defendant conceded the truth of every factual allegation made by the plaintiff but contended that, even so, the complaint states no cause of action cognizable under the law.
The defendant filed a motion to dismiss arguing that the Wrongful Death Act did not create a cause of action for the loss of a blastocyst created by IVF and not yet implanted within the IVF patient's uterus.
A spokesperson for the FAW said: "Oldham have asked for Craig to be withdrawn following the incident in last night's game and we've agreed with their cause of action.
After Congress passed the Flatow Amendment in 1996, providing for a cause of action against foreign officials for terrorist conduct, the judge in the Flatow case held Iran itself liable under a theory of respondeat superior, and awarded compensatory as well as punitive damages.
Yet because society tends to associate tort causes of action with personal injury rather than business law, those harmed by malicious interference with their contracts often neglect to bring their cause of action through the courtroom door.
The Supreme Court (SC) sitting as Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET) affirmed the authenticity and integrity of the 2016 elections as it dismissed the first cause of action of former senator Ferdinand 'Bongbong' Marcos.
On these violations, PEMRA has been issuing show cause notices to 'Urdu-1' each time on New Cause of Action and has sent 7 such notices to the management of the channel on July 3, 6, 7, 10, 11, 12 and 13 respectively.
regardless of whether the statute itself authorizes a cause of action.
The court held, with respect to Simpson Thachers clients, that the complaint fails to allege any specific misrepresentations by any of the individual defendants in their individual capacity sufficient to sustain a cause of action for fraud and that the complaint does not adequately set forth specific factual allegations against the individual defendants or otherwise distinguish among them with respect to specific conduct, such as would support a cause of action against a given individual.
The issue is whether an American citizen has a cause of action under the Fourth Amendment for tortious acts of federal officers that occurred in a foreign country.