action at law

An action prosecuted in a law court, as distinguished from a suit in equity. An action, the purpose of which is the recovery of a sum of money or damages, or an action wherein the only relief obtainable or appropriate is a money judgment for damages. Royal Indent. Co. v Sangor, 166 Wis 148, 164 NW 821, 9 ALR 397. Notwithstanding the abolition of the distinction between actions at law and suits in equity, it is still important to determine whether the case is at law or in equity. The method of review, the right to a jury trial, etc. may depend upon whether the case is to be regarded as at law or in equity. 1 Am J2d Actions § 7.

Ballentine's law dictionary. . 1998.

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