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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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While the SCC and other levels of court do not usually give reasons for rejecting interveners or undoing the decision to reject interveners, the News Release provided some insight into the procedural challenges faced by the SCC when planning hearings involving multiple applications from potential interveners.
Accordingly, the Government of Sri Lanka took action in the most effective manner available, by providing material of a substantive nature to the defendant and the interveners on a regular basis.
("Tourmaline"), three of the four parties granted intervener status by the Alberta Energy Regulator ("AER").
According to documents filed by the lawyers for the California interveners, the settlement circumvents the interim class counsel's authority because the Chase and
Data on volume of orange frozen juice produced, volume of frozen juice exported, the international price of orange juice and the intermediate transactions were assessed in several sources directly related to orange and frozen juice production in order to make possible to array of all interveners involved in the chain (Secretary of Foreign Commerce SECEX), Brazilian Association of Citrus Export --ABECITRUS, Brazilian Association of Citrus Producers--ASSOCITRUS, Department of Rural and Socio-Economic Studies-DESER, Syndicate of Frozen Food and Concentrated Industry in the State of Sao Paulo--SICONGEL, and the United States Department of Agriculture-USDA).
Still, the authors argue that interveners must carefully distinguish between factors they can control, the dangers they can avoid, and the dangers they can neither control nor avoid; courage, thought, and preplanning are relevant but are not enough on their own.
Instead, the interveners should ensure that Congolese security forces receive their salaries.
Thomas York and two other members of his firm, the York Legal Group, LLC in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, are representing the proposed Interveners. Mr.
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"Phishers value compromised websites highly because they are much harder for interveners to take down.
Seervai, senior counsel for the interveners, was highly critical of the investigating agency and submitted that it had failed to crack the case.
The New Hampshire Audubon and the Harris Center for Conservation Education in Hancock have applied as interveners, along with nearly two dozen individuals.