What is plaintiff?

  • (noun): A person who brings an action in a court of law.
    Synonyms: complainant


A plaintiff (Π in legal shorthand), also known as a claimant or complainant, is the term used in some jurisdictions for the party who initiates a lawsuit (also known as an action) before a court. In other words, someone who tries to sue. By doing so, the plaintiff seeks a legal remedy, and if successful, the court will issue judgment in favor of the plaintiff and make the appropriate court order (e.g., an order for damages).

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Conversion (law) - Practice and Procedure in The United States - Answer of Defendant
... Plaintiff's consent to the defendant's taking (if it exists, can be proved or inferred by circumstantial evidence) ... rights to the property are superior to those of the plaintiff ... Plaintiff had waived the right to the property or to a subsequent cause of action ...
Canon K.K. V. Green Cartridge Co. - Background
... The plaintiff, a manufacturer of photocopiers and laser printers, incorporated the parts which might need replacing during the lifetime of a machine and a supply of ... The plaintiff was therefore entitled, under LB (Plastics) Ltd ... which of the parts for the cartridge had been made, and by the same token the plaintiff had the exclusive right to reproduce the drawings in any material form, such ...
Plaintiff - Terminology
... England and Wales, the term Claimant has replaced Plaintiff after the Civil Procedure Rules 1998 came into force on 26 April 1999 ... In Scottish law, a plaintiff is referred to as a pursuer and a defendant as a defender ... Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, the legal term "plaintiff" is still in use ...
Prayer (legal Term)
... of civil procedure, is a portion of a complaint in which the plaintiff describes the remedies that the plaintiff seeks from the court ... For example, the plaintiff may ask for an award of compensatory damages, punitive damages, attorney's fees, an injunction to make the defendant stop a certain activity, or all of these ...
Martin V. Herzog - Causation Issues
... Hogan countered that the plaintiff's negligence was not a contributing cause of the accident because the defendant was driving on the wrong side of the road ... his car on the wrong side of the road (B) the plaintiff's intestate was driving his buggy to the extreme right of the road and (C) the highway was well lighted, such that witnesses could see the body of ...