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A party who has won a judgment in a lawsuit or favorable findings in an administrative proceeding, which judgment or findings the losing party, the appellant, seeks to have a higher court reverse or set aside.

The designation as appellee is not related to a person's status as plaintiff or defendant in the lower court.

Another name for appellee is respondent.



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n. in some jurisdictions the name used for the party who has won at the trial court level, but the loser (appellant) has appealed the decision to a higher court. Thus the appellee has to file a response to the legal brief filed by the appellant. In many jurisdictions the appellee is called the "respondent". (See: appeal, respondent)

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APPELLEE, practice. The party in a cause against whom an appeal has been taken.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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The First District then specifically considered how appellate courts might address alternative theories for affirmance raised by an appellee for the first time at oral argument.
An appellee confronting de novo review should not rely exclusively on the trial court's reasoning.
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award just damages and single or double costs to the appellee." Section 1912 allows a court of appeals "in its discretion" to "adjudge to the prevailing party just damages for his delay, and single or double costs." Although the statute and rule differ slightly--the latter speaks of "delay" while the former refers to "frivolous" appeals--courts have long ignored this distinction and construed both as authorizing sanctions for frivolous appeals.
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In reference to CNN, they said: "We must consider the media to have acted jointly with the federal appellees and hence under of `color of law.'"
Cooke, appellant, defaulted on a residential mortgage loan on property located in Upper Marlboro, Prince George's County, resulting in the filing of a complaint for foreclosure proceedings, in 2016, by the substitute trustees, appellees. After many filings, attempts to cure the default, uncredited payments, attempted mediation, and mounds of document production, the circuit court resolved the matter by the entry of an order, in 2017, denying appellant's Motion to Stay and Dismiss.
This case came to my attention, as motions judge, when the appellees sought permission to file a brief containing more words than the 14,000 permitted by Fed.
We agree with the district court that Appellees have demonstrated irreparable harm through the actual and imminent possibility that they will be enjoined from prosecuting their suit in this, or in any other non-Singaporean, forum, and that there are sufficiently serious questions going to the merits." [Slip op.