civil action


: a lawsuit about a person's rights
a civil action for wrongful death

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The company and its owner agreed in U.S. District Court to pay a little more than $1 million in back wages and penalties to settle the civil action brought by the Department of Labor. Alex Riggins, San Diego Union-Tribune, 21 Mar. 2023 The Securities and Exchange Commission, in a parallel civil action, sued Mr. Guo. Michael Forsythe, New York Times, 15 Mar. 2023 In the civil action, the Justice Department said Manafort had failed to report interests in more than 20 foreign accounts on his tax returns in 2013 and 2014. Kevin Johnson, USA TODAY, 6 Mar. 2023 The former vice president himself was sued in a civil action brought by Texas GOP Rep. Louie Gohmert over Pence's role in certifying the results of the presidential election. Robert Legare, CBS News, 17 Feb. 2023

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“Civil action.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Apr. 2023.

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