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

Examples of summary judgment in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Adelman granted summary judgment in two other claims in the Cole case Friday, one against Weber and the other against the City of Wauwatosa. Bridget Fogarty, Journal Sentinel, 29 Mar. 2024 Connolly tossed out the lawsuit by granting the government summary judgment. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 6 Mar. 2024 For example, the Miami-Dade civil court summary judgment in December against Fort Lauderdale mover Shawn Thompson, who’s been accused of extorting numerous customers, came from a case worked pro bono by Rasheed Nader of Kozyak Tropin & Throckmorton. David J. Neal, Miami Herald, 27 Jan. 2024 Last month, a Los Angeles judge ruled against ABC on summary judgment and allowed a religious discrimination claim under the Fair Employment and Housing Act to go to trial against the network. Winston Cho, The Hollywood Reporter, 8 Mar. 2024 For their parts, the defendants have filed for a summary judgment, asking the court to resolve the case now in their favor. Dakin Andone, CNN, 21 Feb. 2024 Harry attempted to win the case without going to trial in March by seeking a summary judgment, but was unsuccessful. Staff and Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 19 Jan. 2024 The fundamental problem with this argument, pointed out the majority, is that the right of access to the courts is not absolute but instead meritless cases have long been properly dismissed under the summary judgment procedure (to which a UPEPA special motion is almost identical). Jay Adkisson, Forbes, 17 Feb. 2024 The filings were made public as part of Bertolino's request for the judge to make a ruling without having a full trial – a motion for summary judgment. Fox News, 13 Feb. 2024

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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 20 Apr. 2024.

Legal Definition

summary judgment

see judgment sense 1a

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