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A popular designation of a legal proceeding between two parties in the courts, instituted by one party to compel another to do himself or herself justice, regardless of whether the action is based upon law or Equity.

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n. a common term for a legal action by one person or entity against another person or entity, to be decided in a court of law, sometimes just called a "suit." The legal claims within a lawsuit are called "causes of action." (See: cause of action, case, suit)

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a proceeding in a court of law brought by one party against another.
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The complaint was amended in response to the countersuit, Whitney said.
Mark Henry, R&A's attorney, filed to dismiss Sales Chief's defamation countersuit, saying Redman could not be punished for comments that mirrored what had been alleged in the company's lawsuit.
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However, the countersuit process is tedious, expensive, and usually unsuccessful.
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Stunning many in the licensing business, the jury also found in favor of MGA relative to a countersuit accusing Mattel of stealing MGA trade secrets.
"I think it is a very fair decision, Nicaragua is very happy with the result," said Managua's ambassador to the Netherlands, Carlos Arguello-Gomez, adding he would meet with Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega to receive instructions on a countersuit against Costa Rica;
Dairy Queen went forward with its own countersuit, which the court has now dismissed.
Legal experts, however, say the US resoundingly won the first round as Brussels awaits a con-fidential verdict in September in a countersuit alleging illegal US aid for Boeing.
Mu Sochua lodged a defamation suit against Hun Sen in April last year, alleging he made degrading remarks about her in a speech, Hun Sen then made a countersuit.
After Keith Rubenstein, head of private equity firm Somerset Partners, filed a suit claiming his six-week, $195,000 summer rental home was a "potential death trap" and had numerous aesthetic deficiencies, the home's owner, a company called Mid-Summer Dream, filed a countersuit calling the claims bogus.
"While our litigation in Delaware is about Apple's attempt to free-ride on the back of Nokia investment in wireless standards, the ITC case filed today is about Apple's practice of building its business on Nokia's propriety innovation."<p>An Apple spokesman could not be reached for comment Tuesday morning, but when it filed the countersuit Apple general counsel Bruce Sewell said: "Other companies must compete with us by inventing their own technologies, not just by stealing ours."<p>Copyright 2009 IDG Middle East.