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Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006


cross-action
A separate and independent lawsuit brought by the defendant against a plaintiff for some reason arising from the same transaction or event that is the basis for the plaintiff's lawsuit.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.


cross-action
A separate and independent lawsuit brought by the defendant against a plaintiff for some reason arising from the same transaction or event that is the basis for the plaintiff's lawsuit.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

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  • Cross action — Cross Cross (kr[o^]s), a. 1. Not parallel; lying or falling athwart; transverse; oblique; intersecting. [1913 Webster] The cross refraction of the second prism. Sir I. Newton. [1913 Webster] 2. Not accordant with what is wished or expected;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • cross–action — cross–ac·tion n: an action brought by a defendant in an existing action against a plaintiff or codefendant compare counterclaim, cross appeal, cross claim, third party claim Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster …   Law dictionary

  • cross action — noun : a legal action by a party sued made against the person who has sued him and upon the same subject matter * * * cross action noun (law) An action brought by the defender against the pursuer • • • Main Entry: ↑cross * * * cross action, legal …   Useful english dictionary

  • cross-action — /kraws ak sheuhn, kros /, n. Law. an action brought within the same lawsuit by one defendant against another defendant or against the plaintiff. [1865 70] * * * cross action see cross B …   Useful english dictionary

  • cross-action — cross′ ac tion n. law (in a lawsuit) an action brought by the defendant against the plaintiff or against another defendant • Etymology: 1865–70 …   From formal English to slang

  • cross-action — An action brought by one who is defendant in a suit against the party who is plaintiff in such suit, or against a co defendant, upon a cause of action growing out of the same transaction which is there in controversy, whether it be a contract or… …   Black's law dictionary

  • cross-action — An action brought by one who is defendant in a suit against the party who is plaintiff in such suit, or against a co defendant, upon a cause of action growing out of the same transaction which is there in controversy, whether it be a contract or… …   Black's law dictionary

  • cross action — noun Date: circa 1859 a legal action in which the defendant in an existing action files a suit against the plaintiff on the same subject matter ; countersuit …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • cross-action — /ˈkrɒs ækʃən/ (say kros akshuhn) noun the bringing by the defendant in an action of another action against the plaintiff in respect of the same subject matter …   Australian English dictionary

  • cross-action — /kraws ak sheuhn, kros /, n. Law. an action brought within the same lawsuit by one defendant against another defendant or against the plaintiff. [1865 70] * * * …   Universalium

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