A court order ruling that certain factual issues are already determined prior to trial, based on a motion by one of the parties, supported by evidence, contending that these issues are settled and need not be tried. For example, in a car accident case there might be overwhelming and uncontradicted evidence of the defendant's carelessness, but conflicting evidence as to the extent of the plaintiff's injuries. The plaintiff might ask for summary adjudication on the issue of carelessness, but go to trial on the question of injuries. If there is any question as to whether there is conflict on the facts on an issue, the summary adjudication must be denied regarding that matter.
The pain, hurt, inconvenience, embarrassment, and inability to perform normal activities as a result of injury, for which a person injured by another's negligence or wrongdoing may recover general damages. Usually in the combination "pain and suffering."
The insurance company that assumes the legal right to collect the claim of an injured claimant (the subrogor) against the third party that caused the injury, in return for paying the other's expenses in advance. (See also: subrogation)
1) An organized work stoppage by employees, intended to pressure the employer to meet the employees' demands (for example, for higher pay, better benefits, or safer working conditions). 2) For the judge to order that all or part of a party's pleading be removed or disregarded, typically after a motion by the opposing party. 3) For the judge to order evidence deleted from the court record and instruct the jury to disregard it. Typically, this order is made regarding testimony by a witness in court.
The spouse of a parent, who becomes the stepparent of that parent's child upon marriage. Stepparents are not legal parents of their spouse's children unless they complete a stepparent adoption, which requires the consent of the other legal parent or the termination of that parent's rights. (See also: stepparent adoption)
A child born to or legally adopted by your spouse before your marriage whom you have not legally adopted. If you adopt the child, your parent-child relationship is the same as if the child were biologically related to you.