summary judgment


Definition of summary judgment

: judgment that may be granted upon a party's motion when the pleadings, discovery, and any affidavits show that there is no issue of material fact and that the party is entitled to judgment in its favor as a matter of law

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Recent Examples on the Web Both sides also submitted motions for summary judgment to avoid going to trial Jan. 11. John Haughey, Washington Examiner, "NRA: Gun-sale restriction ‘obliterates’ millions of Floridians’ constitutional rights," 18 Sep. 2020 The Ghaisars’ attorneys also filed a motion for summary judgment, and Hilton will hear oral arguments in the case on Oct. 23. Washington Post, "Park Police officers claim Bijan Ghaisar drove at officer, prompting them to fatally shoot him," 16 Sep. 2020 The case was ruled in Yun Go Chin's favor through summary judgment, meaning no jury trial was needed. Grace Oldham, The Arizona Republic, "He faced harassment from a brutal South Korean regime. Now Jae Chin is running for the Arizona Senate," 8 Sep. 2020 Earlier this month, Minaj took the position in a summary judgment motion that her demo recording made fair use of Chapman's copyright. Eriq Gardner, Billboard, "Nicki Minaj Wants Jury to Resolve Copyright 'Who Done It?' in Battle With Tracy Chapman," 25 Aug. 2020 Rochester denied the motion for summary judgment in a one-sentence order. Paul Gattis |, al, "Judge denies requests by Roy Moore to recuse himself, end Leigh Corfman lawsuit," 25 Aug. 2020 The company is seeking to appeal the summary judgment ruling. Miriam Jordan,, "Immigrant ‘Dreamers’ in search of a job are being turned away," 20 Aug. 2020 Earlier this month, an Indiana court granted partial summary judgment in favor of PETA in connection with the case against Stark, his company, Wildlife in Need and Wildlife in Deed Inc., and his ex-wife, Melissa Lane. Michael Ruiz, Fox News, "'Tiger King' star Jeff Lowe's federal license to exhibit big cats suspended," 19 Aug. 2020 The plaintiffs separately filed a brief Wednesday opposing a motion for summary judgment that five other intervening states — Alabama, Louisiana, Nebraska, South Dakota and Tennessee — have sought in the case. Sarah Rankin, Star Tribune, "Attorneys general seek summary judgment in ERA lawsuit," 19 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of summary judgment

1798, in the meaning defined above

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30 Sep 2020

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“Summary judgment.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Sep. 2020.

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see judgment sense 1a

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