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A popular designation of a legal proceeding between two parties in the courts, instituted by one party to compel another to do himself or herself justice, regardless of whether the action is based upon law or Equity.

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n. a common term for a legal action by one person or entity against another person or entity, to be decided in a court of law, sometimes just called a "suit." The legal claims within a lawsuit are called "causes of action." (See: cause of action, case, suit)

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a proceeding in a court of law brought by one party against another.
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In the opinion, the court said the sealing of documents "requires more than a mere agreement of the parties" and that "the public may be excluded from a civil trial only upon a showing that the denial of access serves important governmental interest."
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