interpleader
in·ter·plead·er 1 /ˌin-tər-'plē-dər/ n [Anglo-French enterpleder, from enterpleder, verb]: a proceeding by which a person compels parties making the same claim against him or her to litigate the matter between themselves see also bill in the nature of interpleader and bill of interpleader at bill 3a compare counterclaim, cross-claim, impleader, intervention, joinder
◇ When an interpleader is initiated, the person holding the property or owing the obligation that is the subject of the adverse claims usu. must deposit the property or post a bond with the court.
interpleader 2 n: a person who is a party to an interpleader action

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

interpleader
n.
An action in equity in which two or more parties who each claim property held by a third party submit the claim to a court to settle their rights, brought by the third party who fears that the claimants might pursue him or her to recover the property and does not want to be exposed to liability from several sources; often used by insurers in cases where several parties make conflicting claims on the same matter.

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


interpleader
the remedy sought by a person holding property or obliged to do something who is being asked to deliver or perform by more than one person. The process has the claimants fight among themselves before involving the often innocent holder. For Scotland See multiple poinding.

Collins dictionary of law. . 2001.


interpleader
A court case between two parties who both claim the right to money from a third party, when the third party agrees the money is owed but doesn't know to whom. The debtor deposits the funds with the court ("interpleads"), asks the court to be dismissed from the lawsuit, and lets the court decide who gets the money. Compare: impleader
Category: Small Claims Court & Lawsuits

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.


interpleader
n.
1 An action by the neutral custodian of property to determine its proper owner.
2 One who brings such a suit.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.


interpleader
An equitable proceeding brought by a third person to have a court determine the ownership rights of rival claimants to the same money or property that is held by that third person.

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


interpleader
An equitable proceeding brought by a third person to have a court determine the ownership rights of rival claimants to the same money or property that is held by that third person.

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

interpleader
n.
   the procedure when two parties are involved in a lawsuit over the right to collect a debt from a third party, who admits the money is owed but does not know which person to pay. The debtor deposits the funds with the court ("interpleads"), asks the court to dismiss him/her/it from the lawsuit and lets the claimants fight over it in court.

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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  • Interpleader — In ter*plead er, n. 1. One who interpleads. [1913 Webster] 2. (Law) A proceeding devised to enable a person, of whom the same debt, duty, or thing is claimed adversely by two or more parties, to compel them to litigate the right or title between… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • interpleader — [in΄tər pled′ər] n. [< Anglo Fr entrepleder, to interplead: substantive use of inf.] a legal procedure by which two or more parties claiming the same money or property may be compelled to resolve the dispute among themselves in a single action …   English World dictionary

  • Interpleader — Civil procedure in the United States Federal Rules of Civil Procedure Doctrines of civil procedure Jurisdiction Subject matter jurisdiction Diversity jurisdiction Personal jurisdiction Removal jurisdiction Venue Change of venue …   Wikipedia

  • interpleader — An equitable proceeding to determine the rights of rival claimants to property held by a third person having no interest therein. Balish v. Farnham, 92 Nev. 133, 546 P.2d 1297, 1299. When two or more persons claim the same thing (or fund) of a… …   Black's law dictionary

  • interpleader — An equitable proceeding to determine the rights of rival claimants to property held by a third person having no interest therein. Balish v. Farnham, 92 Nev. 133, 546 P.2d 1297, 1299. When two or more persons claim the same thing (or fund) of a… …   Black's law dictionary

  • interpleader — A remedy, equitable in origin, devised and exercised on behalf of one in possession of property as a disinterested stakeholder, or obligated for the payment of a debt or the performance of a legal duty, to prevent loss or embarrassment to him… …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • interpleader — I. noun Etymology: Anglo French enterpleder, from enterpleder, verb Date: 1567 a proceeding to enable a person to compel parties making the same claim against him to litigate the matter between themselves II. noun Date: circa 1846 one that… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • interpleader — interpleader1 /in teuhr plee deuhr/, n. Law. a judicial proceeding by which, when two parties make the same claim against a third party, the rightful claimant is determined. [1510 20; var. of ENTERPLEDER < AF (inf. used as n.)] interpleader2 /in… …   Universalium

  • interpleader — noun a) One who makes an interplea. b) Motion for a third party to enter into a lawsuit in process because a matter is being adjudicated in which they have an interest …   Wiktionary

  • interpleader — n. (Law) one who interpleads; process in which two parties go to trial with each other to determine who has the right to bring a suit against a third party …   English contemporary dictionary

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