litigate lit‧i‧gate [ˈlɪtgeɪt] verb [intransitive, transitive] LAW
to take a claim or complaint against a person or organization to a court of law:

• He spent several weeks looking for the right lawyers to litigate the case.

litigate against

• She now plans to litigate against the corporation for unfair dismissal.

— litigation noun [uncountable] :

• The firm now faces litigation from angry consumers.

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litigation UK US /ˌlɪtɪˈgeɪʃən/ US  /ˌlɪṱ-/ noun [U]
LAW the process of causing a disagreement to be discussed in a court of law so that an official decision can be made about it: »

The company has consistently denied responsibility, but it agreed to the settlement to avoid the expense of lengthy litigation.


You were told there might be grounds for litigation but the cost would be prohibitive considering the small amount involved.

in litigation »

The company was in litigation for almost a year.

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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