A motion asking the court to issue summary judgment on at least one claim. If the motion is granted, a decision is made on the claims involved without holding a trial. Typically, the motion must show that no genuine issue of material fact exists, and that the opposing party loses on that claim even if all its allegations are accepted as true. See, e.g., Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 56.
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August 19, 2010, 5:20 pm