multiplicity of suits


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multiplicity of suits

n. several actual or potential lawsuits which should be joined together in one suit and one trial. It is a basic principle of law that multiplicity is to be avoided when possible, practical and fair. Example: several suits are filed by different people against the same person or entity, based on the same set of facts and the same legal issues. On motion of either party or by the judge's own determination, the judge can order the cases consolidated.

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It will only promote multiplicity of suits and, in all likelihood, expose the preliminary investigation to conflicting resolutions,' the motion stated.
252) The Court went on to consider whether the case fell within any traditional equitable head of jurisdiction: irreparable injury, multiplicity of suits, and cloud upon real estate title.
284) Farm processors sought injunctive relief en masse, and the vast majority of federal district courts found equitable grounds, such as multiplicity of suits, sufficient to avoid application of the AIA.
To reason in that way confuses two separate questions: one about how to prevent multiplicity of suits and vexation of parties, and the other about what law must be applied to determine substantive questions arising in an action in which there are foreign elements.
How is it that we have a multiplicity of suits against lawful products which performed in their intended ways?
79) Second, disallowing an action based on a difference in degree prevents a multiplicity of suits.
85) The rule derives from a need to address traditional standing considerations, such as multiplicity of suits and lack of concrete adversity.
1942): "[the purpose of a `class suit' is to save the multiplicity of suits, to reduce the expense of litigation, to make legal procedure more effective and expeditious, and to make available a remedy that would not otherwise exist.
The very purpose of a class suit is to save a multiplicity of suits, to reduce the expense of litigation, to make legal processes more effective and expeditious, and to make available a remedy that would not otherwise exist.
to proceed to an arbitration court in Singapore to avoid multiplicity of suits and unnecessary delay.
The court said 'judicial efficiency and economy require a policy to avoid multiplicity of suits.
This provision, they said, is meant to avoid harassment and vexation to the defendant and to avoid multiplicity of suits, otherwise there would be no end to litigation.