prevailing party
n.
The party to a lawsuit who receives judgment in his or her favor.

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


prevailing party
The winner in a lawsuit.
Category: Small Claims Court & Lawsuits

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


prevailing party
The litigant who successfully brings or defends an action and, as a result, receives a favorable judgment or verdict.

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


prevailing party
The litigant who successfully brings or defends an action and, as a result, receives a favorable judgment or verdict.

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

prevailing party
n.
   the winner in a lawsuit. Many contracts, leases, mortgages, deeds of trust or promissory notes provide that the "prevailing party" shall be entitled to recovery of attorney's fees and costs if legal action must be taken to enforce the agreement. Even if the plaintiff gets much less than the claim, he/she/it is the prevailing party entitled to include attorney's fees in the collectable costs. Usually there is no prevailing party when a complaint is voluntarily dismissed prior to trial or settled before or after trial has begun.

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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