action at law
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|Noun||1.||action at law - a judicial proceeding brought by one party against another; one party prosecutes another for a wrong done or for protection of a right or for prevention of a wrong|
antitrust case - a legal action brought against parties who are charged with limiting free competition in the market place
civil action - legal action to protect a private civil right or to compel a civil remedy (as distinguished from criminal prosecution)
counterclaim - a claim filed in opposition to another claim in a legal action
custody case - a legal action to determine custody (usually of children following a divorce)
lis pendens - a pending lawsuit
legal proceeding, proceeding, proceedings - (law) the institution of a sequence of steps by which legal judgments are invoked
criminal prosecution, prosecution - the institution and conduct of legal proceedings against a defendant for criminal behavior
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