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lawsuit

Law & medicine An action in which one party, a plaintiff, seeks a remedy for a wrong allegedly committed by another–eg, defendant. See Class action lawsuit, Parasitic lawsuit, Qui tamlawsuit.
McGraw-Hill Concise Dictionary of Modern Medicine. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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When Claxton and PMA settled the workers' comp claims in February 1999, Claxton signed the association's mandatory "compromise and release" form releasing PMA "from all claims and causes of action, whether now known or ascertained, or which may hereafter arise or develop as a result of said injury...." The defendants argued that Claxton's execution of the release extinguished her pending civil action.
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For example, an employer could assert that it has relied on the statutory framework and a string of case law that clearly limits the filing of a civil actions to one year.
The bill defines a vexatious litigant as a pro se party who within a five-year period initiates five or more unsuccessful civil actions. For the same person to file a sixth or further action, a court, after a special hearing, would require the plaintiff to post a bond to cover the court costs and expected attorney's fees the defendant would likely incur in defending the suit.
He added: "Civil actions are the only alternative for people who feel let down by the criminal justice system."
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* Civil actions by individuals and/or receiving hospitals to obtain damages or other appropriate relief for personal harm or financial loss.
7408 authorized civil actions to enjoin any person from promoting abusive tax shelters or aiding or abetting the understatement of tax liability.
The court noted that in this case, the rule was applied against a plaintiff who had filed over 200 civil actions in federal courts nationwide, many of which had been dismissed as frivolous.
According to a lawyer acting for the women, four other Irish priests also face similar civil actions.
* Many prosecutors believe that crime victims should not pursue civil actions until the criminal trial has ended.