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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web But, Rodriguez added, the disputes over whether the Lynd Co. is liable for Bio Supplies’ actions should either be decided at trial or before then in a motion for summary judgment. Patrick Danner, San Antonio Express-News, 22 Nov. 2022 Driving all this are the commissars, who have arrogated to themselves the status of superior beings, entitled to pass summary judgment on artists, art, its institutions and supporters. Eric Gibson, WSJ, 2 Sep. 2022 The plaintiffs had brought the suit against Veolia North America (VNA), the firm that issued a summary judgment on Flint’s water, and Lockwood, Andrews and Newman (LAN), Flint’s water engineer. Darreonna Davis, Forbes, 11 Aug. 2022 Boebert moved for summary judgment, before discovery even commenced, arguing that Buentello’sclaims cannot proceed for a variety of legal reasons. The Enquirer, 10 Nov. 2022 Given the lack of evidence provided by the plaintiffs, Judges Bucklo and Gettleman granted the defendants’ motions for summary judgment. David L. Craddock, Ars Technica, 8 Oct. 2022 Tubby's estate sued O'Brien, other officers, the city and Brown County, and the defendants were granted summary judgment that dismissed the suit. Bruce Vielmetti, Journal Sentinel, 14 July 2022 In a litany of court filings dating back years and during the February hearing on the motion for summary judgment, oil company attorneys denied each of the allegations put forward by Persian Gulf Inc. and its lawyers. San Diego Union-Tribune, 5 Oct. 2022 In April, Racine’s office filed a motion for summary judgment, a request for the court to make a ruling before a trial. Lauren Lumpkin, Washington Post, 24 Sep. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1798, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of summary judgment was in 1798

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“Summary judgment.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2022.

Legal Definition

summary judgment

see judgment sense 1a

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