cross–complaint


cross–complaint
cross–complaint n
1: a claim brought by a defendant against another party to the lawsuit
2: a claim brought by a defendant against a person not a party to the original lawsuit for a related cause of action

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

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  • cross-complaint — Sometimes called a cross claim, legal paperwork that a defendant files to initiate his or her own lawsuit against the original plaintiff, a codefendant, or someone who is not yet a party to the lawsuit. A cross complaint must concern the same… …   Law dictionary

  • cross-complaint — A defendant or cross defendant may file a cross complaint setting forth either or both of the following: (a) Any cause of action he has against any of the parties who filed the complaint against him. (b) Any cause of action he has against a… …   Black's law dictionary

  • cross-complaint — A defendant or cross defendant may file a cross complaint setting forth either or both of the following: (a) Any cause of action he has against any of the parties who filed the complaint against him. (b) Any cause of action he has against a… …   Black's law dictionary

  • cross complaint — noun Etymology: cross (III) : a complaint used in code pleading whereby a defendant by his answer or separate pleading sets up a claim against a codefendant or a third person arising out of the same subject matter of the original complaint …   Useful english dictionary

  • cross complaint — A pleading by the defendant in an action wherein he seeks affirmative relief, relating to or depending upon the transaction on which the action is based or affecting property to which it relates, against the plaintiff or any other party to the… …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • complaint — com·plaint n 1: the initial pleading that starts a lawsuit and that sets forth the allegations made by the plaintiff against the defendant and the plaintiff s demand for relief see also prayer, process, well pleaded complaint rule compare …   Law dictionary

  • cross-claim — n. A claim brought by a party to a lawsuit against a co party, out of an occurrence that is part of the subject matter of the original action. See also counterclaim The Essential Law Dictionary. Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc.… …   Law dictionary

  • cross-claim — Cross claims against co parties are governed in the federal district courts and in most state trial courts by Rule of Civil Procedure 13(g): A pleading may state as a cross claim any claim by one party against a co party arising out of the… …   Black's law dictionary

  • cross-claim — Cross claims against co parties are governed in the federal district courts and in most state trial courts by Rule of Civil Procedure 13(g): A pleading may state as a cross claim any claim by one party against a co party arising out of the… …   Black's law dictionary

  • cross — I (disagree with) verb act in opposition to, argue, be opposed to, collide, conflict with, confront, confute, contend, contest, contradict, contravene, controvert, debate, defy, dispute, gainsay, homini obsistere, make a stand against, neutralize …   Law dictionary


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