LIS MOTA. The cause of the suit or action. By this term is understood the commencement of the controversy, and the beginning of the suit. 4 Campb. R. 417; 6 Carr. & P. 552, 561; 2 Russ. & My. 161; Greenl. Ev. Sec. 131, 132.
A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.