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TO OPEN, OPENING. To open a case is to make a statement of the pleadings in a case, which is called the opening.
     2. The opening should be concise, very distinct and perspicuous. Its use is to enable the judge and jury to direct their attention to the real merits of the case, and the points in issue. 1 Stark. R. 439;S. C. 2 E. C. L. R. 462; 2 Stark. R. 31; S. C 3 Eng. C. L. R. 230.
     3. The opening address or speech is that made immediately after the evidence has been closed; such address usually states, 1st. The full extent of the plaintiff's claims, and the circumstances under which they are made, to show that they are just and reasonable. 2d. At least an outline of the evidence by which those claims are to be established. 3d. The legal grounds and authorities in favor of the claim or of the proposed evidence. 4th. An anticipation of the expected defence, and statement of the grounds on which it is futile, "either in law or justice, and the reasons why it ought to fail. 3 Chit. Pr. 881; 3 Bouv. Inst. n. 3044, et seq. To open a judgment, is to set it aside.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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"Apparently, there was a deceptive pricing mechanism on a segregated fund, which these 56 employees were able to use to take advantage of the time difference between market openings in Europe and North America," Francis said.
Included in the new market openings will be Giant markets in Horsham, Audubon, Morrisville and Southampton, PA; Superfresh in Bensalem, Somerton, Levittown, North Wales, Tredyffren and Havertown, PA; Acme in Browns Mills, Washington Township, Mt.
But the endless battle over whether American chickens can be imported into Russia shows that there is powerful opposition to true market openings. Putin may be a secret member of that cabal: In Moscow, he listed all kinds of reasons that Russia shouldn't buy many foreign-made airplanes, saying he had to support domestic industry.