action at law

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Noun1.action at law - a judicial proceeding brought by one party against anotheraction 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
test case, test suit - a representative legal action whose outcome is likely to become a precedent
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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Petitioner argues that it could not have sued Wesco in an "action at law." Petitioner concludes that because the injured Lacombe did not suffer a grave injury, neither her co-employee Tatarchuk nor her employer (Fortuna) could be found liable for the accident.
* Clarify in Rule 7.010 that an action to recover monies or damages is an action at law and appropriately within the small claims courts.
(3) If a party to an action at law desired additional discovery, an application would have to be made to the chancery court for a bill of discovery to assist in the prosecution or defense of the action at law.

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