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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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and other developments favoring plaintiffs could portend more proplaintiff decisions and settlements, as well as an increase in future welding fume lawsuits.
Not surprisingly, the IRS contended that the attorneys' fees recovered by the plaintiff class members were includible in their gross income, and the Tax Court agreed.
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The upstairs residents continued with their campaign of complaints to the Department of Buildings, which issued yet another violation which could be cured only by amending the Certificate of Occupancy or by plaintiff discontinuing the use of her loft as a studio.
The only connection between the plaintiff and the Institute was that the plaintiff allegedly had relied on financial reports prepared by the firm in conformity with AICPA standards.
Finally, the court concluded that the plaintiff was protected under the statute because she was otherwise qualified to work as an institutional assistant.
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However, it is not retroactive, thus, the plaintiffs would have been entitled only to a miscellaneous itemized deduction, disallowed for purposes of the alternative minimum tax.
Company witnesses testified that the plaintiff constantly had problems with management and co-workers, which led to a series of escalating disciplinary sanctions ranging from warnings to denial of privileges to a suspension.
If suing a partnership, association or corporation, the plaintiff could file the lawsuit in any county where the organization regularly conducted business, or where it had its principal office or where some or all of the medical treatment took place.
For every cash advance to a plaintiff, the company charges about 3 percent a month.