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quasi in rem

adverb or adjective \-in-ˈrem\

Legal Definition of quasi in rem

  1. :  as if one were proceeding against the thing —used especially in reference to proceedings (as for attachment of property) in which one seeks satisfaction of a claim against a person by adjudication of rights to a particular property over which jurisdiction can be obtained — see also quasi in rem jurisdiction at jurisdiction — compare in personam, in rem

Additional Notes on quasi in rem

The plaintiff in a quasi in rem action uses the court's jurisdiction over the defendant's property in hopes of obtaining a remedy for a claim (as for money) against the defendant. A quasi in rem action is often used when jurisdiction over the defendant cannot be obtained due to his or her absence from the state.

Origin and Etymology of quasi in rem

Latin, as if against a thing


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