citizen suit

noun

Legal Definition of citizen suit

: a suit brought by citizens under a provision of an environmental law (as the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act) that gives citizens a private right of action against violators of the law and authorizes the court to award injunctive relief and sometimes to impose penalties

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“Citizen suit.” Merriam-Webster.com Legal Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/legal/citizen%20suit. Accessed 23 Sep. 2021.

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