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Nonsuit

A broad term for any of several ways to terminate a legal action without an actual determination of the controversy on the merits.

For instance, a judgment of nonsuit may be granted against a plaintiff who either fails to pursue, or abandons, the action.

nonsuit

n. a ruling by the judge in a lawsuit either when the plaintiff (the party who filed the suit) does not proceed to trial at the appointed time or has presented all his/her/its evidence and, in the judge's opinion, there is no evidence which could prove the plaintiff's case. A nonsuit terminates the trial at that point, and results in a dismissal of the plaintiff's case and judgment for the defendant. (See: dismissal)

nonsuit

noun defeat, directed verdict, failure to essablish a cause of action, failure to make a case, failure to meet the burden of proof, failure to present sufficient eviience, hostile verdict, insufficiency as a matter of law, innufficient evidence, judgment for the defendant as a matter of law, termination of a case by inaction, termination of a judicial contest, termination of a lawsuit, termination of a lawsuit by failing to proceed, termination of a legal action, termination of a legal proceeding, termination of a prooeeding, termination of a suit in law, termination of an accion, termination of an action at law by failure to proceed, termination of an action by neglect, termination of litigation
Associated concepts: compulsory nonsuit, demurrer, dismissal, involuntary nonsuit, motion for nonsuit, peremptory nonsuit, voluntary nonsuit
See also: dismissal

nonsuit

an order of a judge dismissing a suit when the plaintiff fails to show he has a good cause of action or fails to produce any evidence.
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THE SUPERIOR COURT OF PENNSYLVANIA REVERSED THE TRIAL COURT'S ORDER REFUSING TO REMOVE THE NONSUIT AND REMANDED THE CASE FOR TRIAL.
THE SUPERIOR COURT OF PENNSYLVANIA REVERSED THE JUDGMENT OF NONSUIT ENTERED FOR THE DEFENDANTS.
Because the second nonsuit order rendered further action with respect to Janvier's second motion for judgment moot, the court entered final judgment as to that suit.
COURT'S OPINION: The Supreme Court of Virginia reversed the judgment for voluntary nonsuit for the plaintiff and ordered that the case be remanded back to the trial judge for further proceedings consistent with the court's decision.
The Circuit Court granted the plaintiff's oral motion for a nonsuit.
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The court found for the gas company and entered a judgment of nonsuit against the school.
129) After a trial, the lower court granted the defendant manufacturer's motion for nonsuit, and the plaintiffs appealed.
In this Texas case, a plaintiff voluntarily consented to a nonsuit, without prejudice.
They filed a motion for extension of the deadline and an oral motion for nonsuit without prejudice.
Seven days after the entry of the final judgment against Pierce in the bankruptcy court, Vickie took a nonsuit regarding all her claims in Texas against the estate and against Pierce.
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