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TO OPEN, OPENING. To open a case is to make a statement of the pleadings in a case, which is called the opening.
     2. The opening should be concise, very distinct and perspicuous. Its use is to enable the judge and jury to direct their attention to the real merits of the case, and the points in issue. 1 Stark. R. 439;S. C. 2 E. C. L. R. 462; 2 Stark. R. 31; S. C 3 Eng. C. L. R. 230.
     3. The opening address or speech is that made immediately after the evidence has been closed; such address usually states, 1st. The full extent of the plaintiff's claims, and the circumstances under which they are made, to show that they are just and reasonable. 2d. At least an outline of the evidence by which those claims are to be established. 3d. The legal grounds and authorities in favor of the claim or of the proposed evidence. 4th. An anticipation of the expected defence, and statement of the grounds on which it is futile, "either in law or justice, and the reasons why it ought to fail. 3 Chit. Pr. 881; 3 Bouv. Inst. n. 3044, et seq. To open a judgment, is to set it aside.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Lasaco Insurance declined by 21.43 per cent to close at 33k against 43k in January, while Royal Exchange lost 21.43 per cent to close at 33k per share against 42k opening price.
I estimate Equation (1) for each stock using all available time-series observations, except in the cases in which an opening price has a time stamp later than 10:00 a.m.
The target of Scania was also cut -- to SEK105 from SEK150 -- but it was lower than the opening price of the B-series shares, which was SEK115.
And Clio's 8-in-1 men's detail trimmer and shaver aims to deliver great performance at an opening price of $11.99.
On the National Stock Exchange, the stock closed at Rs 103.70, down nearly 83 per cent from its opening price at Rs 598.80.
The insurer, formerly a mutually owned company, is valued at 1.6 trillion yen based on the opening price, making it the largest listing by capitalization since mobile carrier NTT Docomo Inc.'s 1998 debut as a 7.4 trillion yen company.
The country's largest home builder began with an opening price of 6.70 yuan, it reached the peak of 7.96 yuan at 9:43 am, up 65.3% from an initial public offering price of 4.18 yuan.
Some 850 dairy farmers will be offered Tesco contracts with an opening price of around 22p per litre.
The group, which handles the travel arrangements for a number of blue-chip companies, cut the opening price of its shares to 90p after a previous attempt at listing the business at between 140p and 220p failed.
"We want to be able to capture a group of customers that would normally buy the opening model." The midtier white goods market has lost traction in recent years, with the bulk of volume at the opening price point and a large part of sales gains at the premium level.
The opening price on the route is [pounds sterling]34 one-way.