collusive action

collusive action

n. a lawsuit brought by parties pretending to be adversaries in order to obtain by subterfuge an advisory opinion or precedent-setting decision from the court. If a judge determines the action does not involve a true controversy he/she will dismiss it. (See: advisory opinion, collusion, controversy, precedent)

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39) The first part of the test is to determine whether the evidence of the defendants' agreement is ambiguous, that is, whether it is as consistent with independent action as it is with collusive action.
56) Specifically, Omnicare's evidence of the defendant's agreement was equally consistent with independent action as it was with collusive action, and Omnicare did not present any evidence that tended to exclude the possibility that the defendants were acting independently.
1996) initially ruled that the clause of the contract regarding authority of the engineer was indeed subject to judicial review, and would not be enforced if due to fraud, bad faith, an unreasonable or clear mistake, or collusive action.
There was no indication whatsoever of collusive action by the parties.
It was on his watch that owners engaged in collusive actions to keep free-agent signings on the cheap.
T]he point is that the evidence is plain that the defendants [the Uzans] undertook fraudulent and collusive actions in Turkey to procure sham injunctions whose sole purpose was to avoid compliance with this Court's orders and proceedings, and that accordingly the claim that this Court's disregard of defendants' machinations somehow constitutes error is without substance.
However, a formally similar case appears in the Year Books as early as 1340,(9) and the preamble to a Statute of Richard II in 1390 suggests that just such collusive actions had become a matter of public concern by Chaucer's day:
Today, explicit, collusive actions have been replaced by the more modern and more subtle practice of price signaling.
Price signaling is a provocative practice that lies somewhere between the First Amendment right to free speech and the Sherman Antitrust Act, which prohibits collusive actions.