quasi in rem

adverb or adjective

: 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

Note: 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.

Word History


Latin, as if against a thing

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“Quasi in rem.” Merriam-Webster.com Legal Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/legal/quasi%20in%20rem. Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

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