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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But in a motion for partial summary judgment filed Wednesday, Pitino's attorneys asked the judge to rule that the ULAA cannot use those three events as evidence in its arguments. Danielle Lerner, The Courier-Journal, "Pitino's attorney says Louisville has 'no facts' to support firing him," 11 July 2018 The two sides made dueling motions Friday calling on Judge Allison D. Burroughs to rule in their favor through summary judgment, but the case is expected to go to trial in the fall. Nick Anderson, Washington Post, "Internal Harvard study suggested Asian Americans would benefit from ‘academics-only’ admissions," 15 June 2018 Judge Kirsten Frank Kelly believed the case should not have been dismissed on summary judgment. Michael Mccann,, "Are USA Gymnastics and Michigan State Liable for Larry Nassar's Actions? It's Complicated," 22 Mar. 2018 In a summary judgment ruling, the judge rejects Discovery's proposition that there exists a special exception for reality shows and documentaries. Eriq Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter, "Judge Rules Reality Star's Contract Doesn't Bar Defamation Suit Against Discovery," 9 Mar. 2018 The Department of Justice, in a motion for summary judgment filed in October, challenged plaintiffs' standing to sue and argued his use of the social media platform isn't regulated by the First Amendment. Ashley Cullins, The Hollywood Reporter, "Donald Trump Can't Block Twitter Users Over Politics, Judge Rules," 23 May 2018 The judge granted summary judgment to the Office for Civil Rights. Jenny Deam, Houston Chronicle, "MD Anderson to pay $4.3 million penalty for data breach," 19 June 2018 On the other hand, in a Feb. 13, 2017 order denying Armstrong summary judgment, Judge Cooper identified a potential flaw in Armstrong’s reasoning on damages. Michael Mccann,, "Was It the Right Decision for Lance Armstrong to Settle in His Lawsuit With the U.S. Government?," 21 Apr. 2018 But before that, the plaintiffs plan to seek summary judgment. Nick Anderson, Washington Post, "How to protect Harvard admission secrets? Judge says it’s like shielding ‘recipe for Coke.’," 10 Apr. 2018

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1798, in the meaning defined above

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see judgment sense 1a

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