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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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Taipei, May 20, 2010 (CENS)--In contrary to widespread expectation, petrochemical and machinery may be excluded from the early-harvest list, or priority items for tariff cut or market opening, for cross-Taiwan Strait Economic Cooperation Agreement (ECFA), according to the Chinese-language Economic Daily News (EDN), sister publication of Taiwan Economic News (TEN).
Within seconds of the Stock Market opening, the value of United shares jumped 11.25p to 225p, adding pounds 28m to the value of the club.
According to the European Commission's latest calculations under Article 19 of the 1996 Electricity Directive 96/92/EC, the average Community share of minimum power market opening for the year 2001 should work out at 30.2%.
Similar to agreements between the EU and other neighbouring countries - the Western Balkans, Morocco, Georgia and Jordan - this new agreement combines gradual market opening with a process of cooperation on rules and regulations as well as gradual harmonisation.
The extent of market opening to Chinese firms is much lower than original expectation, as Sean Chen, chairman of Financial Supervisory Commission (FSC), previously reported that Chinese financial firms will be able to receive treatments similar to foreign firms.
In Texas, he predicted that several legal changes needed to bring Russia into compliance with the WTO's market opening rules would pass the parliamentary Duma early in 2002.
According to the European Commission's latest calculations under Article 19 of the 1996 Electricity Directive 96/92/EC, the average Community share of power market opening, for the year 2000, should work out at 30.27%.
16, 2009 (CENS)--The government will seek the inclusion of the remedy and self-protection mechanism in the cross-Taiwan Strait Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement (ECFA), in order to alleviate the impact of market opening measures on some domestic industries.
The services industry is concerned with the lack of business opportunities offered so far by the Doha Round of world trade talks and has urged World Trade Organisation members to step up their efforts in order to offer tangible market opening. The Global Services Coalition, which represents leading industry associations from the key players of the round, has expressed its disappointment with the new services text presented by the Chairman of the WTO Council for Trade in Services, Fernando de Mateo, on 26 May in Geneva.