recoupment

noun

re·​coup·​ment ri-ˈküp-mənt How to pronounce recoupment (audio)
1
: the process or fact of recouping
recoupment of expenses
2
a
: a keeping back of all or part of a sum sought by a plaintiff in the interest of equity see also equitable recoupment
b
: a reduction in damages because of a demand by the defendant arising out of the same occurrence or transaction
c
: the right of a defendant to have the claim of the plaintiff reduced or eliminated by reason of a breach of contract or duty by the plaintiff in the same occurrence or transaction
also : an affirmative defense alleging such a breach
d
: a counterclaim that arises out of the same occurrence or transaction as that of the original action compare set-off

Note: Recoupment involves the type of claim that now must be asserted in a compulsory counterclaim.

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“Recoupment.” Merriam-Webster.com Legal Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/legal/recoupment. Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

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