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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The plaintiffs' motion for sanctions in Ruth, which was withdrawn as a condition of the settlement, accused one settling defendant of abusing the discovery process and prejudicing the plaintiff by producing thousands of documents on the eve of trial.
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Until recently, plaintiffs successfully argued that they did not have to disclose previous settlements with bankrupted parties because the bankruptcy code protects them from being pursued for damages.
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