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CHAMPART, French law. By this name was formerly understood the grant of a piece of land by the owner to another, on condition that the latter would deliver to him a portion of the crops. IS Toull. n. 182.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Common law champerty doctrine developed as part of the resistance to the rise of capitalism that occurred around the Renaissance period.(56) Persons with capital would agree to bear the expenses and share the results of a lawsuit for the recovery of land.(57) This type of "transaction in medieval eyes was tainted with that speculation which was the essence of the abhorred sin of usury."(58) In fact, the word `champerty' derives from champart, a type of feudal tenure in land that lent itself most easily to the evasion of laws against usury.(59)