lawsuit law‧suit [ˈlɔːsuːt, -sjuːt ǁ ˈlɒːsuːt] noun [countable] LAW
a charge, claim, or complaint against someone that is made in a court of law by a private person or company, not by the police or state:
lawsuit against

• Local people filed a private lawsuit against the City over water contamination.

• After a three-year court battle,the family settled the lawsuit for a reported $250000.

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lawsuit UK US /ˈlɔːsuːt/ noun [C] (also suit)
LAW a disagreement between people or organizations that is brought to a court of law for a decision: bring/file/threaten a lawsuit against sb »

A lawsuit for sexual harassment was brought by two women against their former employer.


dismiss/settle/drop a lawsuit

civil/federal lawsuit »

The SEC alleges in their civil lawsuit against the firm that its fraud scheme cost investors a billion dollars.


a defamation/libel/malpractice lawsuit


an antitrust/infringement lawsuit

See also CLASS ACTION(Cf. ↑class action)

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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