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RETALIATION. The act by which a nation or individual treats another in the same manner that the latter has treated them. For example, if a nation should lay a very heavy tariff on American goods, the United States would be justified in return in laying heavy duties on the manufactures and productions of such country. Vatt. Dr. des Gens, liv. 2, c. 18, Sec. 341. Vide Lex talionis.

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Anxious to make myself disagreeable by way of retaliation I observed in accents of interested civility that the dear girls must have been wondering at the sudden disappearance of their mother's young friend.
Your uncle and myself were enemies in early life, and if I had sought retaliation, I might have found it here.
If you had never yielded to this fatal mania, Pancks,' said Clennam, more in commiseration than retaliation, 'it would have been how much better for you, and how much better for me
However well deserved this piece of retaliation might have been, it was as vindictive a one as could well have been resorted to.
And here, when he had been thinking of all kinds of graceful and insinuating approaches, and meditating on the fearful retaliation which was slowly working against Sophy Wackles--here were Nell, the old man, and all the money gone, melted away, decamped he knew not whither, as if with a fore-knowledge of the scheme and a resolution to defeat it in the very outset, before a step was taken.
Steven Pearlman, co-head of Proskauer Rose's Whistleblowing & Retaliation practice group
While reports of retaliation against corporate whistleblowers increased by only 12% from 2013 to 2014, according to a NAVEX survey, rates of substantiation increased by 125%, suggesting that ethics and compliance leaders are taking a more serious approach to managing and investigations of retaliation.
The ST protects drivers and other individuals working for commercial motor carriers from retaliation for reporting or engaging in activities related to certain commercial motor vehicle safety, health or security conditions.
Absent compliance by the United States, "there is no further option other than the retaliation process," Cunha told reporters.
Nassar brought a suit for racial and ethnic constructive discharge and retaliation in violation of Title VII.
By recognizing a cause of action for third-party retaliation, the
The certified question is: Can an individual supervisor be held personally liable for alleged acts of retaliation prohibited under .