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MATTER. Some substantial or essential thing, opposed to form; facts.

MATTER, IMPERTINENT, Equity pleading. That which is altogether irrelevant to the case, that does not appertain or belong to it; id est, qui ad rem non pertinet. 4 Bouv. Inst. n. 4163. See Impertinent.

MATTER, SCANDALOUS, equity pleading. A false and malicious statement of facts, not relevant to the cause. But nothing which is positively relevant, however harsh or gross the charge may be, can be considered scandalous. 4 Bouv. Inst. n. 4163.
     2. A bill cannot by the general practice, be referred for impertinence after the defendant has answered, or submitted to answer, but it may be referred for scandal at any time, and even upon the application of a stranger to the suit, for he has the right to prevent the records of the court from being made the vehicle of spreading slanders against himself. Id. n. 41f 64.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Danni's showdown with Matt and Kym in a children's branch of Next in Manchester's Trafford Centre was the first time she had come face-to-face with the Corrie star.
But when Matt was on leave in 2014, Kev was run over.
Matt attended an advisory day at the National Railway Museum in York then travelled to the society HQ in Bath with wife Christine, 50, for the nerve-wracking judging.
Matt soon lost his ability to speak, a major frustration for someone who loved to talk to people, Mr.
It was not made clear whether violators could have their vehicles impounded if they refuse to obey, but officials did confirm that any vehicle with a matt finish would not have its registration renewed.
As the months went on, the benign tumour began pushing Matt's eye out of its socket.
What Matt does so well is help our young people believe in their own talents as writers and helps them shape their writing, give it direction."
He said that he and Matt had been washing Matt's transit van, one either side.
Up to 5,000 people are expected to line the banks of the Tyne and event chairman Alex Waters said: "Although this day is Matt's way of saying farewell to international competition, he is doing it in style with an event on a scale never before seen in this or any other region."
Matt's parents divorced when he was in junior high, and his behavior worsened.
Ladbrokes have paid out early on Matt having the Christmas No.