joinder

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join·der

 (join′dər)
n.
1. Law A joining of causes of action or parties in a single lawsuit.
2. The act of joining.

[From French joindre, to join, from Old French; see join.]
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joinder

(ˈdʒɔɪndə)
n
1. the act of joining, esp in legal contexts
2. (Law) law
a. (in pleading) the stage at which the parties join issue (joinder of issue)
b. the joining of two or more persons as coplaintiffs or codefendants (joinder of parties)
c. the joining of two or more causes in one suit
[C17: from French joindre to join]
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join•der

(ˈdʒɔɪn dər)

n.
1. the act of joining.
2. Law.
a. the joining of causes of action in a suit.
b. the joining of parties in a suit.
c. the acceptance by a party to an action of an issue tendered.
[1595–1605; < French joindre. See join, -er3]
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Following joinder of issue and discovery, defendant moved for partial summary judgment dismissing certain claims, including plaintiffs' claim for consequential damages, and also sought to preclude plaintiffs' expert from testifying at trial.
This identification of the items in dispute between the parties is known as "joinder of issue."
Even if a case does not settle prior to trial, joinder of issue is critical for effective and efficient management of cases and section 482 cases in particular.