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sue

1. To initiate legal action.
2. To make a petition or pleading to the court.
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The term torts (a kind of wrongful act which is not criminal but suable at civil law) is derived from the Latin for "wrung" or "twisted", which likely originated in the intention of the rearended driver towards the idiot behind him.
Hiring a large, eminently suable accounting firm to perform an ethics audit on one's company does create the potential for numerous situations where the pot quite literally would be calling the kettle black.
At the time of the Massey actions, the issue had not been settled, but the predominant understanding was that unions were not suable entities.
The counsel for the defendant in error have undertaken to do this; and have laid down the general proposition, that a sovereign independent State is not suable, except by its own consent.
485, 494 (2001) ("The debate among the leading statesmen of the time centered almost exclusively on whether the states, without their consent, were suable in the federal courts, in light of the provision in Article III extending the federal judicial power to controversies 'between a State and Citizens of another State .
436, 444 (1834) ("As the United States are not suable of common right, the party who institutes such suit must bring his case within the authority of some act of congress, or the court cannot exercise jurisdiction over it.
A state, then, which violated its own contract was suable in the courts of the United States for that violation.