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[mass noun] An illegal agreement in which a person with no previous interest in a lawsuit finances it with a view to sharing the disputed property if the suit succeeds.
- ‘First, that ought to weigh with the court in considering, in connection with the law of champerty, whether the agreement into which he entered was justifiable.’
- ‘Historically, English and American common law has prohibited champerty - and officially, that is still the American rule.’
- ‘It is said to be Victoria where the agreement is made, a State in which maintenance and champerty is no longer unlawful, perhaps not even tortious.’
- ‘The rules have been around since the mediaeval laws about champerty and barratry.’
- ‘It is a defence to the tort of maintenance or champerty that the person interfering in the litigation has an interest recognised by law in the proceedings.’
Late Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French champartie, from Old French champart feudal lord's share of produce, from Latin campus field + pars part.
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