affidavit of merits

(sometimes called affidavit of defense). An affidavit stating the foundation of the defendant's defense and denying the right of the plaintiff to recover in the action. 41 Am J1st Pl § 172. Such affidavit is required on a motion to set aside a default. 30A Am J Rev ed. Judgm § 719. It is also required under the practice in some jurisdictions to avoid the taking of a summary judgment against the defendant. 41 Am J1st Pl § 171.

Ballentine's law dictionary. . 1998.

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