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In a lawsuit, the party making a complaint. A plaintiff seeks some compensation, whether monetary or otherwise, for some perceived wrong for which the other party (the defendant) is claimed to be responsible. For example, if Frank crashes his car into John's house and John sues for the damages, John is the plaintiff in the case.


The person who files a lawsuit. See also petitioner.

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The plantiffs challenged the practice of having different rules for breweries and brewpubs under both the Equal Protection Act and the Commerce Clause.
19 ruling, Judge Ponsor wrote, "Gleason was merely engaging in routine and competent police work in following up on rumors, eventually borne out, that Plantiffs had marijuana at this home.
The law's enactment "effectively changed the rules of the game while the game was in progress," he said, noting that when the plantiffs filed suit in 2003, it was not foreseeable that they might be liable for attorney fees.
We need to expand legal rights beyond humans," she says, adding that the law as currently written refuses animals legal standing, but also makes it nearly impossible for human plantiffs to have standing on their behalf.
The Plantiffs intend to seek an order certifying the proceeding as a national class action in Saskatchewan.
For example, if the lawsuit targets the administration of an environmental program, it will be enough to show that plantiffs are deprived of the program's valuable benefits.
However, ensuring that experts add persuasive authonrity to the plantiffs case, rather than just adding costs or (worse yet) boring or alienating the jury, is one of the trial attorney's most difficult tasks.
The Court denied the motion seeking this relief, stating the relief requested by the Plantiffs was "drastic, unnecessary and could detrimentally effect the (other Partners of Silver Star)".