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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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This is openly makes it legal for the executive branch to intervene in the judiciary.
This article, as it is in the current proposal, makes it legal for the executive to intervene in the judiciary and thus destroys the principle of separation of powers.
COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE FIFTH CIRCUIT HAS DECLARED that whistleblower's suits brought under the False Claims Act are unconstitutional when the federal government declines to intervene.
Since August, Bank Rossii has moved the corridor within which it intervenes in the market by five kopeks for each USD700m it spends.
The central bank had to intervene on Wednesday to keep the rouble from falling further because of weak oil prices and disappointing economic data.
Our hope is that the governor will intervene,'' said Daniel Tucker, chairman of the California Nations Indian Gaming Association.