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 Hanzman also took issue with Scurtis filing for 13 derivative claims early in 2021, and the judge granted a motion for summary judgment on that issue in an August 19 hearing, disposing of the claims with prejudice. Christian Red, Forbes, 29 Aug. 2021 In a ruling issued last week, a federal judge sided with the church and granted a request for summary judgment, holding that the ministerial exception applies to Starkey's role and, thus, bars her claims. Arika Herron, The Indianapolis Star, 18 Aug. 2021 Based on its findings, the Sixth Circuit reversed the trial court’s grant of summary judgment in Redbubble’s favor, and sent the case back to the trial court for further proceedings. Jack Greiner, The Enquirer, 4 Mar. 2021 In her ruling, U.S. District Judge Susan Richard Nelson granted a motion by Jacobson for summary judgment. John Reinan, Star Tribune, 16 July 2021 The university filed a motion for summary judgment in May 2020, records show. Madeline Mitchell, The Enquirer, 1 July 2021 The court ultimately found for the church, granting their motion for summary judgment. Jack Greiner, The Enquirer, 23 June 2021 In 2019, Gavin Grimm won a summary judgment against Gloucester County’s school board in U.S. District Court. Dawn Ennis, Forbes, 4 Mar. 2021 Steinsapir argued in a motion for summary judgment. NBC News, 27 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of summary judgment

1798, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of summary judgment was in 1798

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7 Sep 2021

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“Summary judgment.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Sep. 2021.

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Legal Definition of summary judgment

— see judgment sense 1a


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