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In a civil case, a counterclaim is made by the Defendant against the Plaintiff alleging they did something to cause or aggravate the issue.


 

Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary
counterclaim (noun)
an opposing claim , especially a claim brought by a defendant against a plaintiff in a legal action
counterclaim (verb)
intransitive verb
transitive verb
to enter or plead a counterclaim to ask in a counterclaim
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