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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)

intervene

verb become a party to an action, break in, come between, encroach, infringe, intercede, interfere, intermeddle, interpose, interrupt, meddle, obtrude, step in
Associated concepts: intervening act, intervening agency, intervening cause, intervening efficient cause, intervening estate, intervening force, intervening parties, intervening sufficient cause, intervening superceding cause, intervenor, intervention as of right, intervention by leave of court
See also: arbitrate, check, defer, delay, discontinue, disrupt, estop, forestall, hold up, impose, intercede, interfere, interject, interpose, intrude, mediate, obstruct, obtrude, parry, restrain, tamper
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Dubai - A 32-year-old Emirati allegedly murdered his septuagenarian father after the latter intervened as the former assaulted his sister.
The bright spot in the results was that a much greater percentage of participants who noticed the bullying (nearly 70%) indirectly intervened by giving the bully or the chat room a bad review.
GE[micro]ktE-rk said the government was trying to protect itself from the consequences of having intervened in the Dec.
The central bank of Kyrgyzstan has intervened in the market to stem the currency fall.
POLICE officers who left members of the public to confront Lee Rigby's murderers while they waited for armed back-up would have been killed if they had intervened, a senior officer has said.
And in a withering critique of the approach of US president Barack Obama, the man who beat him to the White House in 2008, McCain said: "Everything that people said would happen if we did not intervene has now happened because we have not intervened.
The man who intervened was punched in the face, while the woman who had intervened was pushed to the ground.
Summary: A clash between rival clans in the Beirut suburbs spiraled out of control Tuesday after Hezbollah intervened to quell the fighting, a security source told The Daily Star.
Traders are likely to sell the Japanese yen at 82, a key level at which G-7 nations intervened in the currency markets in March, to weaken the yen.
CAIRO: The central bank said on Tuesday it intervened in the market to prop up the Egyptian pound, helping the local currency rise against the dollar for the first time since political unrest gripped the country.
Summary: Gordon Brown has intervened to reverse a planned Au20 million cut to the Territorial Army training budget according to Labour MPs.
PRIME Minister Gordon Brownhas personally intervened to reverse a planned pounds 20m cut to the Territorial Army training budget.