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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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In R v Alsadi, (100) the complainant was a civilly committed patient in a hospital psychiatric ward and the accused a uniformed security guard in the hospital.
Based on this evidence, the appellate court ruled that the trial court reasonably concluded that the defendant intentionally sat near the complainant and that he knew such conduct would provoke her.
i circumstances indicating that the respondent has registered or acquired the domain name primarily for purpose of selling, renting, or otherwise transferring the domain name registration to the complainant who is the owner of the trade mark or service mark or to a competitor of that complainant, for valuable consideration in excess of the respondent's documented out-of-pocket costs directly related to the domain name; or
4(1)(c)), whereas the corresponding paragraph in the UDRP Policy provides that the complainant must show that the registrant has registered the domain name in order to prevent the owner of the trademark or service mark from reflecting the mark in a corresponding domain name, provided that he has engaged in a pattern of such conduct.
The judge found that while the twenty-six-year-old complainant had a "mental age" (32) of a seven-year-old child, the Crown was correct to have conceded her capacity to consent to sex with the accused, a stranger, in his truck by the side of the road.
This situation in the indictment has strengthened our belief that the testimonies were prepared beforehand and later the complainants were asked to sign them," Duran said.
During this time the complainant said she met Newland - who became a "really good friend" and said she knew Kye.
The original complainant has now asked Mr Jones to order an independent investigation into whether she broke the code by involving herself in responding to a complaint against her conduct and asking for the identity of the complainant to be revealed to her.
When the complainant asked MLA Kumar to return his money, the accused started threatening him of dire consequences.
The prosecution says details which the complainant gave describing his abuser "Roger" were very accurate.
According to details , M/s New Shalimar Steel Industries (Pvt) Ltd, 14-Soharwadi Street Shalimar Town, Lahore (Complainant) filed a complaint against the Secretary Revenue Division, Islamabad (Respondent), in terms of Section 10(1) of the FTO Ordinance, 2000 (the Ordinance) against indecision and lack of response by FBR on the Complainants application dated 16.
This would facilitate the officers to receive feedback regarding the issues and difficulties faced by the complainant in getting their reports registered.