cause of action


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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"
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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.
But the article has presented many more procedural factors that argue against cause of action estoppel in its broad-scope common law version than those that argue for it.
forced to rely solely on an implied cause of action, known as a Bivens
Legislature Determines New Causes of Action: Texas judges should not be permitted to create a cause of action from the bench.
1) This article focuses principally on the impacts of the decision as to the statutory cause of action.
3) CPLR 3211(a)(7) is home to arguably the most popular ground for pre-answer dismissal: failure to state a cause of action.
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A spokesperson for the FAW said: "Oldham have asked for Craig to be withdrawn following the incident in last night's game and we've agreed with their cause of action.
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.
1984), wherein the Court stated, inter alia, that: "The basis of the cause of action is intentional interference with the plaintiffs [sic] rights causing emotional distress, with or without personal injury in the traditional sense.
The University contended that Francois' action against it was barred because the Settlement Agreement did not clearly reserve a cause of action against the University and therefor Francois's rights were equitably subrogated to Nurse Martinez as a result of the Release and Settlement Agreement.