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lawsuit noun


a legal procedure started in a court of law and which is not a criminal procedure; a civil proceeding by one party against another in a court of law
Our first consideration is how to avoid a lawsuit.

A lawsuit is a civil proceeding by one party against another in a court of law. A long time ago, the term suit in law was used, especially in legislation. These days, the term suit in law is only found in a small number of laws that are still in effect. One example is the 11th amendment to the United States Constitution, which states that “The judicial power of the United States shall not be construed to extend to any suit in law or equity commenced or prosecuted against one of the United States by citizens of another state or by citizens or subjects of any foreign state.” In brief, what the 11th amendment does is limit the power of federal courts to hear lawsuits against state governments brought by the citizens of another state or by citizens of a foreign country.

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