maintenance


maintenance
Making repairs and otherwise keeping premises or instrumentalities in good condition. Support of a person. Wall v Williams, 93 NC 327. The act of improperly, for the purpose of stirring up litigation and strife, encouraging others either to bring actions or to make defenses that they have no right to make. Schaferman v O'Brien, 28 Md 565. An unlawful taking in hand or upholding of quarrels or sides, to the disturbance or hindrance of common right. Anno: 139 ALR 648. An officious intermeddling in a suit which in no way belongs to the intermeddler by maintaining or assisting either party to the action with money or otherwise, to prosecute or defend it; the intermeddling in a suit by a stranger, one having no privity or concern in the subject matter and standing in no relation of duty to the suitor. Gruber v Baker, 20 Nev 453, 23 P 858. See champerty; separate maintenance; support; trading in dormant titles.

Ballentine's law dictionary. . 1998.

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