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To initiate a lawsuit or continue a legal proceeding for the recovery of a right; to prosecute, assert a legal claim, or bring action against a particular party.


verb appeal to the law, apply for, ask for relief, bring a legal action, bring an action, bring to justice, bring to the bar, claim, commence a suit, contest, entreat, file a legal claim, file suit, implore, initiate a civil action, inntitute a legal proceeding, institute process, legally pursue, litigate against, make appeal to, orare, petition, plead, preeer a claim, press a claim, pursue a claim, put on trial, seek by request, supplicate, take to court
Associated concepts: power to sue, right to sue, standing to sue
Foreign phrases: Nemo alieno nomine lege agere potest.No one can sue in the name of another.
See also: appeal, call, charge, claim, complain, demand, importune, litigate, prosecute

TO SUE. To prosecute or commence legal proceedings for the purpose of recovering a right.

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Gaylor, on the other hand, is staking a lot on taxpayer standing, noting that while the plaintiffs are all Foundation staffers, they assert the fight to sue as taxpayers.
Another issue is that lengthy play therapy in private settings may be a luxury for many Mexican-American children who are disproportionately poor (Sue & Sue, 2003).
His mother, in particular, was instrumental in teaching Sue and his brothers to stand up and fight injustice.
Sue's narrative is quite extensive and provides a broad picture of her life experiences; however, additional information about Sue would help to ensure more appropriate career counseling interventions.
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In 1985 the New York Court of Appeals clarified the Ultramares rule by setting forth a legal test (known as the Credit Alliance standard) containing three elements that must be satisfied for a nonclient to be able to sue an accountant for negligent misrepresentation under the near-privity standard:
Although there's only one book out there saying bad things about David Trimble, he's going to have to stand in line at the courthouse to sue.
Interactions are extended to include maintenance of religious beliefs, and great importance is placed on practicing religious traditions (Sue & Sue (1990), including sacrifice, charity, and the enduring of wrongs (Yamamoto & Acosta, 1982).
Sue has attempted to use a primary control strategy that aimed to selectively optimize her role and skills as a mediator by changing her employers' expectations and demands in the face of a threat to her vocational identity and has failed in this attempt.