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intervene

v. to obtain the court's permission to enter into a lawsuit which has already started between other parties and to file a complaint stating the basis for a claim in the existing lawsuit. Such intervention will be allowed only if the party wanting to enter into the case has some right or interest in the suit and will not unduly prejudice the ability of the original parties to the lawsuit in conducting their case. Example: Little Buttercup Butter Co. has been sued by Market Bag Grocers for selling below standard butter. Better Buy Market has also been buying Buttercup's butter, and wishes to intervene (join in the lawsuit) to avoid either a loss by Market Bag which would affect Better Buy's possible claim, and also to avoid two separate suits. Or another butter company might want to join the suit on Buttercup's side in order to put up a united front with Buttercup against the markets. (See: intervention, joinder)

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Having determined that Polli timely filed the motion to intervene, the court next assesses whether Polli "has a claim or defense that shares with the main action a common question of law or fact." The court concludes that Polli's claim shares with the main action a common question of law.
He added that the state AG is to attend to all necessary matters required to intervene in Petronas' legal application, so as to safeguard Sabah's oil and mineral resources.
Because there was only one day allotted for the case hearing (and there were two cases to be heard together), he had granted leave to intervene to 9 out of 26 applicants for intervention, believing that this would adequately represent the interests of the LGBTQ community.
"So in this case, the woman probably thought if she intervenes in a direct and overt way, first of all it's not going to be as effective in terms of help and she might herself be [exposed to negative retaliation] so that makes it costly.
What of the innocent people who are in danger if we don't intervene? The obvious question to ask is: Why aren't they armed and prepared to protect themselves and their families??
"This is openly makes it legal for the executive branch to intervene in the judiciary.
The MPs suggested Russia may have felt empowered to intervene in Ukraine because the UK and others had failed to act in Georgia or Syria.
New Delhi: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh may intervene in the discussion on missing files pertaining to coal block allocations, minister of state for parliamentary affairs Rajeev Shukla said on Thursday.
And as the clash between those in power and the opposition escalates, there have been increasing demands, whether on the street or even in political forums, for the army to overthrow the ruling party - demands that have taken various forms, such as demonstrations, deputation campaigns, statements, formal appeals and other means by which the army could be called upon to intervene. And regardless of the reasons for calling upon the military institution, of the use for it to intervene politically once again, or of the likelihood of this in the first place, the most important aspect such a situation reflects is the dual failure of both those in power and in the opposition.
The Arab World and the US is faced with a 'very tough decision' about whether to forcibly intervene in the Syrian conflict, former US presidential candidate John McCain has warned.
Debbie has filed legal papers saying she backs the new joint guardianship arrangement but is warning TJ and Katherine that she will intervene if things don't work out.
Paris, Ramadan 5, 1433, Jul 24, 2012, SPA -- French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said Tuesday that a full bailout for Spain might require the eurozone to boost its rescue fund or the European Central Bank (ECB) to intervene, dpa reported.