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One who has a direct, successive relationship to another individual; a coparticipant; one who has an interest in a matter; private.

Privy refers to a person in privity with another—that is, someone involved in a particular transaction that results in a union, connection, or direct relationship with another. Privies in blood are the heirs of an ancestor. Privies in estate are people who succeed or receive an assignment of property, such as a grantor and a grantee, lessor and lessee, or assignor and assignee.

West's Encyclopedia of American Law, edition 2. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.

PRIVY. One who is a partaker, or has an interest in any action, matter or thing.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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In an appraisal setting, the question is whether a nonclient, not in privily or in a contractual relationship with the defendant (appraiser), can bring an action against a defendant-appraiser for the appraiser's allegedly failing to exercise a reasonable standard of care in preparing an appraisal.(1)
25: wa qad afda ba dukum ila ba din "when each of you have been privily with the other." There is little doubt, therefore, that tadmin was considered to be an important element in the concept of al-haml ala l-ma na, even though it was not always identified as part of it.(21)
In West Lynn Creamery, there was at least the possibility of strong de facto scope, because, although milk dealers and milk producers are separate entities, their relationship is marked by contractual privily so that the pass-through of taxes or subsidy payments between them was possible and perhaps even likely.
"The fact that Tensor acquired some DEV assets through a bankruptcy auction does not extinguish privily (a successive relationship) where Tensor has acquired the tainted DEV assets through other channels.
In Regal Knitwear Co., the Court noted that a court's power to issue an injunction binds not only the defendants, but also those either identified with them in interest, in "privily" with them, represented by them or subject to their control.(232) In essence the Court held that defendants may not nullify a decree by carrying out prohibited acts through aiders and abettors, although the latter were not parties to the original proceeding.
Indeed, Milton finds the Lords and Commons "superior" to those "wisest commonwealths" of old, because, with the advent of the printing press, more voices (more than, for example, that of the lone Isocrates) can be "heard speaking." In 1644, Milton is not forced to skulk "privily from house to house," but "openly by writing"; he can "publish to the world what his opinion is" and "what his reasons" (A, 741).
* Privily. A consultant's primary care is to the client; however, depending on the circumstances and jurisdiction, third parties, such as creditors or investors, also may be owed a duty.
In addition to giving scientists the exclusive right to decide what should be considered science for legal purposes, Angell would, to varying degrees, curtail civil jury trials and the right to subpoena witnesses, end contingency fees and punitive damages, and reestablish a requirement of privily between manufacturers and buyers (Angel, pp.