consent decree


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consent decree

n.
A judicially approved agreement between parties to a suit, especially an agreement by a defendant to cease activities alleged by the government to be illegal in return for an end to the charges.

consent′ decree`


n.
a judicial decree that endorses a settlement reached by two contending parties.
[1920–25]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.consent decree - an agreement between two parties that is sanctioned by the court; for example, a company might agree to stop certain questionable practices without admitting guilt
decree, fiat, edict, rescript, order - a legally binding command or decision entered on the court record (as if issued by a court or judge); "a friend in New Mexico said that the order caused no trouble out there"
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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The Consent Decree provides for options to penalize the City for this violation and to deter future violations that include stipulated penalties up to $8,500 per day.
Bliss as a sign that the consent decree could expire as planned in 2006 - after 10 years and more than $1.
The 1998 Consent Decree provided that if Mentor (and its co-defendants) maintained a state of continuous compliance with the Decree for five years, the FDA would not oppose dissolving the Decree.
Now, under the pressure of the consent decree, it will likely need to rescind the policy change.
It is my hope that the federal judge, at the end of the five years, will in fact give us a modified consent decree that shows we will be in compliance with most of the substantive areas with the exception of this computerized system,'' Bratton said.
Fitch concerns regard the volatility of revenues derived from the generics business (representing approximately 45% of total company revenues), the impact of aggressive competition in the oral contraceptive market, the risk of large acquisitions, and the effect to operations of continued consent decrees.
To its credit, the activist group forced the MTA to improve bus service after the transit agency foolishly agreed to the consent decree in 1996 and surrendered its authority rather than actually fix what was broken.
Legislation has been introduced in the House of Representatives to reform the process of modifying and terminating consent decrees entered against states and local governments, as long called for by NLC.
The timing is considered crucial as the city tries to persuade Feess to lift the consent decree, imposed in the wake of the Rampart Division scandal.
These are supported by 20 outlined areas that can impact departmental budgets if law enforcement agencies are affected by an imposed consent decree.
One of the provisions of the consent decree was an agreement not to sell adult-size ATVs for children.
who has long argued that the 1981 consent decree needed modification.