impleader

noun
im·plead·er | \ im-ˈplē-dər \

Legal Definition of impleader 

: the act or procedural device of impleading a third party specifically : a petition or complaint brought in a lawsuit by a plaintiff or defendant against a third party who may be liable to that plaintiff or defendant

called also third-party practice

— compare counterclaim, cross-claim, interpleader, intervention, joinder

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