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n a free and reasonable claim or right; fairness; impartiality. The money value of a property or of an interest in a property in excess of claims or liens against it; a risk interest or ownership right in property.


1. a justifiable share; one likely to be recognized as a fair share in an equity court.
2. total assets less total liabilities.

equity capital
the value of the capital involved in the enterprise. Includes assets less liabilities, expressed as a fixed sum.
percentage equity
absolute equity expressed as a proportion of the total worth of the enterprise.
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Because the filed rate doctrine does not recognize equitable defenses, such as fraudulent behavior by the carrier, the shipper must remit the undercharge.
The book covers proceedings in the patent and trademark office, proceedings in the federal courts, patentability, claim construction, infringement, equitable defenses remedies, and jury trials.
Proxim Corporation today announced that the court has denied Proxim's equitable defenses in Symbol Technologies, Inc.