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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Lewis issued a summary judgment without holding a full trial. Jim Saunders,, "Florida’s 24-hour abortion wait law sent back to circuit judge who tossed it," 1 Aug. 2019 In 2018, Circuit Judge Terry Lewis issued a summary judgment calling the law unconstitutional., "Florida court reverses decision on 24-hour abortion waiting period," 1 Aug. 2019 On August 8 of this year, Superior Court Judge Timothy Casserly sided with San Marcos, granting the city’s motion for summary judgment against both the landlord, MDLK Development, and Escondido’s Finest Dispensary. San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Marcos wrapping up legal fight with pot shop," 15 Aug. 2019 Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court Judge Sherrie Miday granted the botanical garden’s motion for summary judgment April 10. Evan Macdonald,, "Jeptha Wade’s descendants appeal ruling in years-long land dispute with Cleveland Botanical Garden," 9 Aug. 2019 Thompson denied motions for summary judgment from both sides. Mike Cason |, al, "Judge likens Alabama driver’s license policy for transgender people to scarlet letter," 30 July 2019 When reached for comment, Walmart spokesperson Randy Hargrove directed Vox to the corporation’s motion for summary judgment filed in court last Friday. Stephie Grob Plante, Vox, "Walmart and CVS are among the retailers being sued for aiding the spread of opioids," 23 July 2019 At the Carmelite convent and the Abbaye jail in Paris, the crowd killed the priests, after summary judgment, with swords, knives, and clubs. Christopher Ketcham, Harper's magazine, "A Play with No End," 22 July 2019 The judge granted Pozner's motion for summary judgment, allowing the case to proceed to a trial by jury to determine the damages. Julia Jones, CNN, "Sandy Hook dad wins suit against massacre deniers," 18 June 2019

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1798, in the meaning defined above

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see judgment sense 1a

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