on all fours
Slang for a case or other precedent which shares near-identical facts or issues. (See: precedent)
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Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.


on all fours
adj. Colloquial Legal precedent or case law that is precisely on point with respect to the case at hand.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

on all fours
adj.
   a reference to a lawsuit in which all the legal issues are identical (or so close as to make no difference) to another case, particularly an appeals decision which is a precedent in deciding the suit before the court. Thus, an attorney will argue that the prior case of, for example, Steele v. Merritt is "on all fours" with the case before the court, and so the court must reach the same conclusion.
   See also: precedent

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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