straw man
straw man n: an intermediary for a transaction (as a conveyance of real property)

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

straw man
n.
(1) An argument placed in a brief or opinion solely for the purpose of refuting it.
(2) A third party who acts as a nominal party to a property transaction, accepting a transfer of property and then immediately returning it to the transferor, in cases where it is necessary for the transferor to receive a new deed to the property;
see also dummy

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


straw man
1) A person to whom title to property or a business is transferred (sometimes known as a "front") for the sole purpose of concealing the true owner — for example, a person is listed as the owner of a bar in order to conceal a criminal who cannot obtain a liquor license.
2) A fallacious argument intended to distract.
Category: Small Claims Court & Lawsuits

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


straw man
straw person or man n. A third party used as a temporary transferee in order to allow the principal parties to accomplish a transfer that might not be directly allowable.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.


straw man
An individual who acts as a front for others who actually incur the expense and obtain the profit of a transaction.

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


straw man
An individual who acts as a front for others who actually incur the expense and obtain the profit of a transaction.

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

straw man
n.
   1) a person to whom title to property or a business interest is transferred for the sole purpose of concealing the true owner and/or the business machinations of the parties. Thus, the straw man has no real interest or participation but is merely a passive stand-in for a real participant who secretly controls activities. Sometimes a straw man is involved when the actual owner is not permitted to act, such as a person with a criminal record holding a liquor license.
   2) an argument which is intended to distract the other side from the real issues or waste the opponent's time and effort, sometimes called a "red herring" (for the belief that drawing a fish across a trail will mislead hunting dogs).

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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