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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
action at law
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a legal action brought against parties who are charged with limiting free competition in the market place
legal action to protect a private civil right or to compel a civil remedy (as distinguished from criminal prosecution)
a claim filed in opposition to another claim in a legal action
a legal action to determine custody (usually of children following a divorce)
a pending lawsuit
the institution and conduct of legal proceedings against a defendant for criminal behavior
a representative legal action whose outcome is likely to become a precedent
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
(law) the institution of a sequence of steps by which legal judgments are invoked
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