litigant

noun
lit·​i·​gant | \ˈli-ti-gənt \

Definition of litigant 

: one engaged in a lawsuit

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litigant adjective

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But West, a regular litigant in government-transparency cases who this week received $13,000 to settle a similar OPMA case against the city of Yakima, noted Bradshaw simply didn’t buy the city’s main argument. Lewis Kamb, The Seattle Times, "Judge orders political consultant, city of Seattle to disclose polling results, other records related to council’s abrupt head-tax repeal," 18 Oct. 2018 Never mind his hundreds of opinions, the universal praise by litigants who have appeared before him, and the scores of women and men who’ve worked for and effusively praise him. Libby Locke, WSJ, "How It Feels To Be Falsely Accused," 4 Oct. 2018 As the industry booms, state and federal authorities are beginning to look into a specialized corner that provides high-interest cash advances to litigants waiting for settlements or jury awards. Matthew Goldstein, New York Times, "Hedge Funds Look to Profit From Personal-Injury Suits," 25 June 2018 Technically, court officials can’t force litigants to take part in mediation, although participants are led to believe the process is required. Corinne Ramey, WSJ, "New York to Litigants: Let’s Settle Those Lawsuits," 4 July 2018 The office expected the most questions to come from self-representing litigants who may not have email addresses and may require extra help. Elyssa Cherney, chicagotribune.com, "After months of delay, Cook County begins first day of electronic filing for civil cases," 2 July 2018 That surge would establish the new contours of the law, after which lawsuits would decrease as regulators and litigants came to accept the new status quo. Joseph Blocher And Eric Ruben, Vox, "The Second Amendment allows for more gun control than you think," 14 June 2018 Currently, traditional mail is screened by the clerk of courts to ensure judges do not receive direct communication by a litigant. Molly Beck, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Justices are considering limits on how the Wisconsin public records law applies to courts," 25 June 2018 The complaints about Google, Facebook and Facebook’s subsidiaries come from a group called None Of Your Business (NOYB)—a non-profit founded by the very successful serial Facebook litigant Max Schrems. David Meyer, Fortune, "Activists Are Already Targeting Google and Facebook Over Europe's New Data Privacy Law That Went Live Today," 25 May 2018

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First Known Use of litigant

1659, in the meaning defined above

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litigant

noun

English Language Learners Definition of litigant

law : a person who is involved in a lawsuit : someone who is suing another person or is being sued by another person

litigant

noun
lit·​i·​gant | \ˈli-ti-gənt \

Legal Definition of litigant 

: an active party to litigation

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litigant adjective

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