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Amended Pleading

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law DictionaryA written pleading in a lawsuit that is changed and refiled as an amended pleading by the party who initially filed it. Pleadings are amended for various reasons, including correcting facts, adding claims...

American Civil Liberties Union

Definition

A national organization that engages in litigation, legislative lobbying, and educational outreach in order to preserve and further individual rights and liberties that are guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the United States....

American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009

The American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009 (ACES)(also referred to as the Waxman-Markey bill) primarily sought to promote a clean energy economy, reduce greenhouse emissions, and create energy independence. The ACES would have created...

American Indian Law

American Indian law: an overview

In U.S. law the term "Indians" refers generally to the indigenous peoples of the continent at the time of European colonization. "Alaska Natives" and "Native Hawaiians" refer to peoples indigenous to the areas...

American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) (also referred to as the Recovery Act) was a large omnibus bill providing over $747 billion in supplemental appropriations for the 2009 fiscal year and spending to aid families and...

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law DictionaryA federal law that prohibits discrimination against people with physical or mental disabilities in employment, public services, and places of public accommodation, such as restaurants, hotels, and...

Amicus Curiae

Latin for "friend of the court." Plural is "amici curiae." Frequently, a person or group who is not a party to an action, but has a strong interest in the matter, will petition the court for permission to submit a brief in the action with the intent of...

Amortization

Amortization has different meanings for loan payments and taxes. Amortization for loans refers to separating the payments for the loan principal and interest into periodic payments to where the loan is paid off at a specified time....

Amount in Controversy

See jurisdictional amount.

AMT

Alternative Minimum Tax. A tax mechanism that calculates taxable income after certain deductions and tax preferences are made. The AMT ensures that high-income individuals and entities pay a certain amount of income despite favorable tax treatment....

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