commencement of action

commencement of action

n. an action (a lawsuit) commences (begins officially) when the party suing files a written complaint or petition with the clerk of the court. (See: complaint, petition)

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The statute provides, in relevant part: ( 1 ) "in an action for injury or death against a health care provider based upon such person's alleged professional negligence, the time for the commencement of action shall be three years after the date of injury or one year after the plaintiff discovers, or through the use of reasonable diligence should have discovered, the injury, whichever occurs first.
The last talks we had with employers broke down after only 45 seconds, when we formally gave them a week's notice of the commencement of action.
Siegel, Amendment Enables Non-Prejudicial Errors at the Commencement of Actions to be Corrected, Overruling Line of Rigid Cases, 188 SIEGEL'S PRAC.
Two law firms have currently announced the commencement of actions on behalf of shareholders that are believed to be similar in substance.