dismissal and nonsuit
n.
An end to a case caused by a plaintiff’s wish to end the matter or a plaintiff’s failure to pursue it.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.

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  • dismissal — An order or judgment finally disposing of an action, suit, motion, etc., without trial of the issues involved. Such may be either voluntary or involuntary. Fed.R. Civil P. 41. A release or discharge from employment. @ involuntary dismissal Under… …   Black's law dictionary

  • dismissal — An order or judgment finally disposing of an action, suit, motion, etc., without trial of the issues involved. Such may be either voluntary or involuntary. Fed.R. Civil P. 41. A release or discharge from employment. @ involuntary dismissal Under… …   Black's law dictionary

  • nonsuit — non·suit /ˌnän süt/ n: a judgment entered against a plaintiff for failure to prosecute a case or inability to establish a prima facie case: dismissal nonsuit vt Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996 …   Law dictionary

  • dismissal — dis·mis·sal n 1: removal from a position or service 2 a: the termination of an action or claim usu. before the presentation of evidence by the defendant in·vol·un·tary dismissal 1: the dismissal of an action by the court because of the plaintiff… …   Law dictionary

  • nonsuit — A method of taking the case from the jury for the insufficiency of the plaintiff s proof. 53 Am J1st Tr § 304. A determination that the evidence of the plaintiff is insufficient to support a judgment in his favor, wherefore the case should be… …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • nonsuit — A term broadly applied to a variety of terminations of an action which do not adjudicate issues on the merits. McColgan v. Jones, Hubbard & Donnell, 11 Cal.2d 243, 78 P.2d 1010, 1011. Name of a judgment given against the plaintiff when he is… …   Black's law dictionary

  • nonsuit — A term broadly applied to a variety of terminations of an action which do not adjudicate issues on the merits. McColgan v. Jones, Hubbard & Donnell, 11 Cal.2d 243, 78 P.2d 1010, 1011. Name of a judgment given against the plaintiff when he is… …   Black's law dictionary

  • motion for dismissal —    (non suit) n.    application by a defendant in a lawsuit or criminal prosecution asking the judge to rule that the plaintiff (the party who filed the lawsuit) or the prosecution has not and cannot prove its case. Attorneys most often make this …   Law dictionary

  • Non-suit — Contents 1 United States 1.1 Virginia 2 United Kingdom 3 References United States In the United States, a voluntary nonsuit …   Wikipedia

  • discontinuance — dis·con·tin·u·ance /ˌdis kən ti nyə wəns/ n 1: the usu. voluntary termination of an action by a plaintiff by motion or by failure to pursue the claim 2: the abandonment of a property or of a particular use of the property under the zoning laws… …   Law dictionary

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