third-party complaint

The pleading of the defendant against a third person whom he seeks to bring into the action as a party because of an alleged liability over to the defendant. See third-party action.

Ballentine's law dictionary. . 1998.

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  • third party complaint — n. A complaint filed by a defendant in an existing lawsuit against someone who is alleged by the defendant to be liable for damages to the plaintiff. The Essential Law Dictionary. Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. Amy Hackney… …   Law dictionary

  • third–party complaint — n: a complaint filed against a third party by a defendant or plaintiff alleging that the third party is liable for all or part of a claim or counterclaim in dispute between the original parties Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster …   Law dictionary

  • third–party claim — n 1: a claim made against a third party in a third party complaint compare counterclaim, cross action, cross claim 2: a claim made by an injured third p …   Law dictionary

  • third–party defendant — n: a third party who is the object of a third party complaint Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996 …   Law dictionary

  • third–party plaintiff — n: a defendant who files a third party complaint against a third party Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996 …   Law dictionary

  • third party — One not a party to an agreement, a transaction, or an action but who may have rights therein. See also party privity @ third party action A proceeding distinct from the main action. It is in the nature of an indemnity or contribution, the purpose …   Black's law dictionary

  • third-party summons — A summons or notice by which a person not originally a party to an action is summoned to answer a third party complaint …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • third-party plaintiff — n. A defendant who files a pleading attempting to bring a third party into the lawsuit. See also action, complaint. Webster s New World Law Dictionary. Susan Ellis Wild. 2000 …   Law dictionary

  • party — par·ty n pl parties 1 a: one (as a person, group, or entity) constituting alone or with others one of the sides of a proceeding, transaction, or agreement the parties to a contract a person who signed the instrument as a party to the instrument… …   Law dictionary

  • complaint — com·plaint n 1: the initial pleading that starts a lawsuit and that sets forth the allegations made by the plaintiff against the defendant and the plaintiff s demand for relief see also prayer, process, well pleaded complaint rule compare …   Law dictionary

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