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lis pendens

noun lis pen·dens \ˈlis-ˈpen-ˌdenz\

Legal Definition of lis pendens

  1. 1 :  a pending suit

  2. 2 :  a written notice of a pending suit involving property usually filed in the appropriate office (as a registry of deeds) —called also notice of pendency

  3. 3a :  the jurisdiction and control of the court over property involved in a pending suit b :  a doctrine under which one purchasing an interest in property involved in a pending suit does so subject to the adjudication of the rights of the parties to the suit

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