Decision on the Merits

Decision on the Merits

An ultimate determination rendered by a court in an action that concludes the status of legal rights contested in a controversy and precludes a later lawsuit on the same Cause of Action by the parties to the original lawsuit.

A decision on the merits is made by the application of Substantive Law to the essential facts of the case, not solely upon technical or procedural grounds.

West's Encyclopedia of American Law, edition 2. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.