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Nonsuit

A broad term for any of several ways to terminate a legal action without an actual determination of the controversy on the merits.

For instance, a judgment of nonsuit may be granted against a plaintiff who either fails to pursue, or abandons, the action.

nonsuit

n. a ruling by the judge in a lawsuit either when the plaintiff (the party who filed the suit) does not proceed to trial at the appointed time or has presented all his/her/its evidence and, in the judge's opinion, there is no evidence which could prove the plaintiff's case. A nonsuit terminates the trial at that point, and results in a dismissal of the plaintiff's case and judgment for the defendant. (See: dismissal)

nonsuit

an order of a judge dismissing a suit when the plaintiff fails to show he has a good cause of action or fails to produce any evidence.
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Although the Supreme Court order does not describe the procedural posture, Blazer reportedly nonsuited the case after the defense challenged the qualifications of his expert, moved to strike the pleadings and asked for sanctions.
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(220) When the question was posed this way, Cary's counsel consented to be nonsuited. (221)
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(129) After a trial, the lower court granted the defendant manufacturer's motion for nonsuit, and the plaintiffs appealed.
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In this Texas case, a plaintiff voluntarily consented to a nonsuit, without prejudice.