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counterclaim

Etymology: L, contra, against, clamere, to cry out
(in law) a claim made by a defendant establishing a cause for action in his or her favor against a plaintiff. The purpose of a counterclaim is to oppose or detract from a plaintiff's claim or complaint.
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Under this framework, a defendant was permitted to amend its answer, adding counterclaims only if the new counterclaims directly related to the changes made in the amended complaint.
Borrowers who file lender liability counterclaims typically assert fault on the part of the lender at various points in the mortgage process: during the initial extension of the credit, during the servicing of the loan, or in the foreclosure process.
18) It continues with a discussion of how differences in permissive and compulsory counterclaims warrant the application of the relation-back doctrine to those counterclaims that are compulsory.
16) On appeal, the First Circuit considered whether Verizon's counterclaims were permissive, and if so, whether they required an independent basis for subject matter jurisdiction.
Any defendant' seems broad enough to cover a counterclaim defendant," says Dan Himmelfarb, a partner at Mayer Brown.
Under the terms of the proposed settlement, Compco will dismiss the lawsuit and the insured will dismiss the counterclaim, and both parties will agree to do business with one another in the future.
SCO has asked the court to "bifurcate" the case against IBM, separating the four patent counterclaims, which it said are unrelated to the crux of the case: its claim that IBM breached licensing and sublicensing agreements with SCO by donating code to Linux.
The Company believes the counterclaims to be frivolous, revengeful, without merit and intends to vigorously defend itself while pursuing monetary damages as set forth in its suit against the defendants.
In a sense, counterclaims are a classic example of how statute,
As discussed in a previous article, such a counterclaim should be severed, under the form no-counterclaim clause.
PITTSBURGH -- News From USW: The Association of Critical Shareholders in Germany has proposed counterclaims on agenda items three and four at the 2007 Continental AG Annual General Meeting.
In Kayser-Roth, sublandlord sued for rent, and subtenant asserted various defenses and counterclaims, claiming that overlandlord interfered with the subtenant by performing construction work in the premises and making the premises untenantable by, for example, depositing debris in the washrooms, drilling holes in the ceiling, and damaging the walls.