legal reserve


Definition of legal reserve

: the minimum amount of bank deposits or life insurance company assets required by law to be kept as reserves

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Pershing Square has set aside $75 million in legal reserves related to the case, according to an annual report filed by a Pershing unit. David Benoit, WSJ, "Judge Sides Against Ackman and Valeant in Preliminary Allergan Ruling," 22 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of legal reserve

circa 1902, in the meaning defined above

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Legal Definition of legal reserve

see reserve

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to deny responsibility for

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