consent decree
consent decree see decree

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

consent decree
n.
A binding decree issued by a judge that expresses a consensual agreement between the parties to a lawsuit.

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


consent decree
A court order to which all parties have agreed. It is often done after a settlement between the parties that is subject to approval by the court.
Category: Small Claims Court & Lawsuits

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

consent decree
USA
In the context of environmental law, a judge-approved document formalizing an agreement between the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and potentially responsible parties (PRP). These agreements are sometimes subject to public comment periods and describe a PRP's promise to:
• Clean some or all of a Superfund site.
• Stop or correct processes or conduct that pollute the environment.
• Comply with regulatory enforcement actions initiated by the EPA to resolve contamination.

Practical Law Dictionary. Glossary of UK, US and international legal terms. . 2010.


consent decree
A settlement of a lawsuit or criminal case in which a person or company agrees to take specific actions without admitting fault or guilt for the situation that led to the lawsuit.

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


consent decree
A settlement of a lawsuit or criminal case in which a person or company agrees to take specific actions without admitting fault or guilt for the situation that led to the lawsuit.

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

consent decree
n.
   an order of a judge based upon an agreement, almost always put in writing, between the parties to a lawsuit instead of continuing the case through trial or hearing. It cannot be appealed unless it was based upon fraud by one of the parties (he lied about the situation), mutual mistake (both parties misunderstood the situation) or if the court does not have jurisdiction over the case or the parties. Obviously, such a decree is almost always final and non-appealable since the parties worked it out. A consent decree is a common practice when the government has sued to make a person or corporation comply with the law (improper securities practices, pollution, restraints of trade, conspiracy) or the defendant agrees to the consent decree (often not to repeat the offense) in return for the government not pursuing criminal penalties. In general a consent decree and a consent judgment are the same.
   See also: consent judgment

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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