Definition of lawsuit in US English:



  • A claim or dispute brought to a court of law for adjudication.

    ‘his lawyer filed a lawsuit against Los Angeles city’
    • ‘Striking rail employees could be charged and lawsuits brought against their union.’
    • ‘The lawsuit spawned a series of motions for various forms of interlocutory relief.’
    • ‘It is on the eve of the defendant's trip to India that the subject matter of the lawsuit arises.’
    • ‘The legislation is limited to lawsuits against persons who ordered, abetted, or assisted in the torture.’
    • ‘Companies that ignore the law face potential exposure to class action lawsuits.’
    • ‘This, I think, is where fast food chains remain vulnerable to class action lawsuits.’
    • ‘The company is the target of several class-action lawsuits, and cites this as an excuse for stonewalling.’
    • ‘The bank is facing up to two dozen lawsuits from investors who claim they lost money by following its investment advice.’
    • ‘Those divorced through lawsuits still should present the written judgment by the court.’
    • ‘In a typical lawsuit, such witnesses would be free to speak with any parties or their counsel.’
    • ‘The school argued it should be immune from such negligence lawsuits, and a trial court had agreed.’
    • ‘The classic tactic of corporations facing class action lawsuits of this nature is to stall for as long as possible.’
    • ‘It's obvious that prosecutions and lawsuits are far more trouble than they're worth.’
    • ‘The lawsuit claims the company knew that between five and ten percent of their targets were innocent.’
    • ‘But he warned that those who opt to bring lawsuits might end up with less than those who accept compensation.’
    • ‘Next day 50 people file lawsuits claiming they were on the bus and were injured.’
    • ‘On the news today, maybe you heard about a lawsuit brought by parents of a child who was bullied at school.’
    • ‘Is this person likely to be litigious and bring lawsuits crashing down on the company?’
    • ‘Needless to say there's more than a few class action lawsuits floating about at the moment.’
    • ‘Getting back to class action lawsuits, it is a brand new idea and brand new law for the country.’
    legal action, suit, suit at law, case, action, cause, legal proceeding, proceedings, judicial proceedings, litigation, trial, legal process, legal dispute, legal contest, bringing to book, bringing of charges, indictment
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