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To initiate a lawsuit or continue a legal proceeding for the recovery of a right; to prosecute, assert a legal claim, or bring action against a particular party.

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

TO SUE. To prosecute or commence legal proceedings for the purpose of recovering a right.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Second, the Court held unanimously (prompted in large measure by a lengthy memo on [section] 1983's legislative history to the other justices by Justice Frankfurter) that local governments were not suable persons.
196, 205 (1882) ("The king was never suable of common right.").
(10) The Taft-Hartley amendments to the NLRA, though widely decried by organized labor as a "slave labor act" principally for imposing restrictions and injunctions upon national emergency disputes which affected health and safety, (11) restricted various forms of union strike activity, and made unions suable for breach of a no-strike pledge (12)--did not appear to interfere with union growth and left the country's commitment to freedom of association and collective bargaining unamended!
The lock housing and mechanism are constructed from stainless steel, which means the lock is suable for use in production areas that require a full wash down, or in corrosive environments.
(44) If the contract was with the state, the only potentially suable
Finding that the Palestinian Authority is recognized as a suable legal entity, the next question to be answered is whether the Palestinian Authority is entitled to foreign sovereign immunity from the jurisdiction of the Israeli courts.
The court in Hyatt reasoned that in order to harmonize the admittedly vague and overlapping definitions of "separate legal person" and "political subdivision" the definition of "political subdivisions should be read to refer to all governmental units that cannot act and are not suable in their own name;" in other words, those that are not also agencies or instrumentalities.
In pointing out that the principle of sovereign immunity "is derived from the laws and practices of our English ancestors," 33 this Justice traced the doctrine that the king of England was "not suable in the courts of that country" from the time of Edward the First.