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Actionable

Giving sufficient legal grounds for a lawsuit; giving rise to a Cause of Action.

An act, event, or occurrence is said to be actionable when there are legal grounds for basing a lawsuit on it. For example, an assault is an actionable tort.

actionable

adj. when enough facts or circumstances exist to meet the legal requirements to file a legitimate lawsuit. If the facts required to prove a case cannot be alleged in the complaint, the case is not "actionable" and the client and his attorney should not file a suit. Of course, whether many cases are actionable is a matter of judgment and interpretation of the facts and/or law, resulting in many lawsuits that clog the courts. Incidentally, if a case is filed which is clearly not actionable, it may result in a lawsuit against the filer of the original suit for malicious prosecution by the defendant after he/she has won the original suit. (See: cause of action, malicious prosecution, lawsuit)

actionable

adjective accountable, amenable, bound, causidical, chargeable, controvertible, disputable, justiciable, liable to prosecution, litigable, litigious, pertaining to litigation, remediable by an accion at law, res cuius actio est, responsible, suable, under legal obligation, under obligation, unexempt from
Associated concepts: actionable cause of action, actionable charges, actionable claim, actionable words, actionable wrongdoing
See also: illegal, illicit, impermissible, justiciable, litigable, litigious, moot, triable, unlawful

actionable

affording grounds for legal action.
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As previous FCC decisions demonstrate, consideration of the entire context of broadcast material may result in a determination that expletives are not actionably indecent even when repeated throughout a program.
Justice Anthony Kennedy, writing for a unanimous Court, instead concluded that "[t]he Commission failed to give Fox or ABC fair notice prior to the broadcasts in question that fleeting expletives and momentary nudity could be found actionably indecent.
the F- and S-Words could be actionably indecent, even when the word is
But in 2004, the FCC changed its policy so that even a single aired expletive could be actionably indecent.
7, 2005) (stating that a something for nothing exchange represents an actionably disproportional relationship between the fees paid and the services rendered)).
10, 2001) (invalidating a nontermination clause extending five months after a shareholder vote as "an actionably coercive condition impeding the free exercise of the Wachovia shareholder's right to vote on the merger").
It is also why a bunch of MPs, brought together under the fun-sounding but actionably misleading title of the All-Party Betting and Gaming Group (if any of that lot have done much partying, let alone betting or gaming, I'll be more surprised than if Dandy Nicholls fails to win the Stewards' Cup), came to an apparently unanimous decision to urge the Government not to allow betting in pubs.