action at law

Definitions of action at law
  1. noun
    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
    synonyms: action, legal action
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    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
    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
    double jeopardy
    the prosecution of a defendant for a criminal offense for which he has already been tried; prohibited in the fifth amendment to the United States Constitution
    type of:
    legal proceeding, proceeding, proceedings
    (law) the institution of a sequence of steps by which legal judgments are invoked
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