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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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hope and aspiration of the herein intervenors, but also of their beloved constituents who demonstrated their resounding affirmation and support for the BOL," it further said.
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*Joint Brief for Intervenors in Support 11/20/14 of Respondents, if any (not to exceed 8,750 words)
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AMFA said it filed the documents on time but that officials at the NMB applied a technical rule effectively stripping away the right of any union to obtain intervenor status in the representation election.
If the General Assembly repeals Virginia Code 37.2-837(A)(3), the Commonwealth shall immediately notify the Court, the United States, and the Intervenors. The Parties agree that repeal or alteration of Virginia Code 37.2-837(A)(3)justifies consideration of relief under Fed.
The counties also share the timber company intervenors "direct financial interest in the challenged logging practices and the ultimate desire to see logging continue and increase on state forests."
The state argued that a photo ID was needed to prevent voter fraud, while the DOJ and intervenors said that the requirement would affect minorities disproportionately.
His complaint: The prosecutors--who are still officially intervenors in the civil case--haven't been responding to his discovery requests.
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