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intervene

v. to obtain the court's permission to enter into a lawsuit which has already started between other parties and to file a complaint stating the basis for a claim in the existing lawsuit. Such intervention will be allowed only if the party wanting to enter into the case has some right or interest in the suit and will not unduly prejudice the ability of the original parties to the lawsuit in conducting their case. Example: Little Buttercup Butter Co. has been sued by Market Bag Grocers for selling below standard butter. Better Buy Market has also been buying Buttercup's butter, and wishes to intervene (join in the lawsuit) to avoid either a loss by Market Bag which would affect Better Buy's possible claim, and also to avoid two separate suits. Or another butter company might want to join the suit on Buttercup's side in order to put up a united front with Buttercup against the markets. (See: intervention, joinder)

intervene

verb become a party to an action, break in, come between, encroach, infringe, intercede, interfere, intermeddle, interpose, interrupt, meddle, obtrude, step in
Associated concepts: intervening act, intervening agency, intervening cause, intervening efficient cause, intervening estate, intervening force, intervening parties, intervening sufficient cause, intervening superceding cause, intervenor, intervention as of right, intervention by leave of court
See also: arbitrate, check, defer, delay, discontinue, disrupt, estop, forestall, hold up, impose, intercede, interfere, interject, interpose, intrude, mediate, obstruct, obtrude, parry, restrain, tamper
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Francis' application to intervene in the case is slated to be heard by Hutchins on Oct.
The high value of the shekel has prompted speculation in the foreign exchange market that the Bank of Israel may intervene as it has done in the past to protect the economy.
According to Reuters, a deputy governor of the central bank said that the apex bank would intervene in the markets if the foreign exchange market showed 'extreme' volatility in exchange rates.
We are hopeful the appeals court reconsiders and concludes that Terri's parents have sound legal reasoning to intervene directly in a case involving the life or death of their daughter.
Even though analysts expected the European Central Bank (ECB) to intervene in the markets because of rising bond market pressures on Spain and Italy, the central bank chose not to act in that direction.
Wilson used a section of the state labor code to intervene in the strike between the Santa Barbara Metropolitan Transit District and its workers.
secretly, without notice to the public or to the defendants) to give the governmental entity time to investigate the claims and determine if it wants to intervene and take control of the action.
The appreciating krone could prompt the central bank of Norway to intervene in the markets.
Given this administration's tendency to intervene in just about every other aspect of American life, one would think that in such a significant case, with so much at stake for the national economy and millions of Americans, the administration would move quickly to force an end to the dispute.
Douglas Baird who twice rejected legal efforts by the ACLJ on behalf of Terri's parents - Robert and Mary Schindler - to intervene directly into the case to defend the constitutionality of "Terri's Law.
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They not only want the dollar to stabilize, but they're willing to intervene in a cooperative way to achieve the goal.