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situs

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law DictionaryLatin for location. Used to refer to the site of a crime or accident or where a building stands.

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Slander

A false statement, usually made orally, which defames another person. Unlike libel, damages from slander are not presumed and must be proven by the party suing. See, e.g. TXO Production Corp. v. Alliance Resources, 509 U.S. 443 (1993).

smoking gun

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law DictionarySlang for evidence that decisively proves a cause.

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So ordered

A term used in case law and written at the end of a case or order of a court indicating or emphasizing that the preceding case or order is in fact ordered by the court.

Speaking objection

Many states have rules and statutes that provide that an objection made in court or in a deposition must be made specifically and concisely rather than in an argumentative or suggestive manner. Objections made in violation of these rules are known as...

specials

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law DictionarySee: special damages

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status conference

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law DictionaryA meeting of the judge and the lawyers (or unrepresented parties) in a pending legal matter, to determine how the case is progressing. At the status conference, the judge may ask about what discovery has...

statutory offer of settlement

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law DictionaryA written offer of a specific sum of money made by a defendant to a plaintiff, which will settle the lawsuit if accepted within a short time. The offer may be filed with the court. If the eventual...

Stipulate

When two opposing parties in a case enter into a voluntary agreement on some factual or legal point. Because the point is no longer in dispute, neither side has to introduce evidence to prove it.

stipulation

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary1) An agreement between the parties to a lawsuit. For example, if the parties enter into a stipulation of facts, neither party will have to prove those facts: The stipulation will be presented to the jury...

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