nominal party
nominal party see party 1b

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

nominal party
n.
A plaintiff or defendant joined to an action for jurisdictional or procedural reasons, not because of any injury or liability.

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


nominal party
A plaintiff or defendant in a lawsuit who may not have any actual interest or responsibility in a lawsuit but who is included because of technical reasons — for example, an escrow company (temporarily holding title to property) may be named in a lawsuit over a real property sale. Without the nominal party, the court is unable to render the judgment to transfer the property. (See also: necessary party, party)
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Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

nominal party
n.
   a defendant or a plaintiff included in a lawsuit because of a technical connection with the matter in dispute, and necessary for the court to decide all issues and make a proper judgment, but with no responsibility, no fault and no right to recovery. Example: suing an escrow holder or trustee who is holding a title to real property or deposited funds but has no interest in the property, funds or the lawsuit. Thus the court can order the nominal defendant to transfer title or pay out the funds when the rights of the real parties are decided.
   See also: necessary party, party

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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