multiplicity of suits


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multiplicity of suits

n. several actual or potential lawsuits which should be joined together in one suit and one trial. It is a basic principle of law that multiplicity is to be avoided when possible, practical and fair. Example: several suits are filed by different people against the same person or entity, based on the same set of facts and the same legal issues. On motion of either party or by the judge's own determination, the judge can order the cases consolidated.

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PAO said, "thus, the consolidation of the instant case, with other similar Dengvaxia cases, is desirable to expedite the hearing of the cases, and to avoid confusion, conflicting ruling, and unnecessary costs entailed with a multiplicity of suits as the two cases involve common questions of facts and law."
offenses-importation and delivery/transportation-violates the well-honored policy against multiplicity of suits,' the judge said.
'Filing two separate informations in two different jurisdictions does not definitely constitute forum shopping or in contravention with the rule against multiplicity of suits,' the prosecutors added.
405, 414 (1896) (noting an exception for "additional special circumstances, bringing the case under some recognized head of equity jurisdiction, such as irreparable injury, multiplicity of suits, or cloud on the title of the complainant"); Frayser v.
To reason in that way confuses two separate questions: one about how to prevent multiplicity of suits and vexation of parties, and the other about what law must be applied to determine substantive questions arising in an action in which there are foreign elements." [Slip op.
How is it that we have a multiplicity of suits against lawful products which performed in their intended ways?
First, it is too difficult to draw a line between what is and is not a sufficient degree of injury.(79) Second, disallowing an action based on a difference in degree prevents a multiplicity of suits.(80)
1942): "[the purpose of a `class suit' is to save the multiplicity of suits, to reduce the expense of litigation, to make legal procedure more effective and expeditious, and to make available a remedy that would not otherwise exist."
"In doing so, no forum shopping has been committed and the prosecution did not violate the rule on multiplicity of suits," they said.
'Filing two separate information in two different jurisdictions does not definitely constitute forum shopping or in contravention with the rule against multiplicity of suits,' the prosecutors added.
'[Splitting] the act of importation in this case into two offenses-importation and delivery/transportation-violates the well-honored policy against multiplicity of suits,' he noted.
It will only promote multiplicity of suits and, in all likelihood, expose the preliminary investigation to conflicting resolutions,' the motion stated.