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A legal action originating with a complaint where a plaintiff claims a defendant failed to perform a legal duty owed to them, resulting in harm to the plaintiff.


Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary
lawsuit (noun)
a suit in law a case before a court
Merriam-Webster Online Thesaurus
lawsuit (noun)
a court case for enforcing a right or claim
action, proceeding, suit
litigation; case, cause, complaint; counterclaim, countersuit, cross action, cross-claim
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