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annulment of a former law by act of a legislative body, by constitutional authority, or by usage
in contract law, consent to abide by the terms of an offer; taking or receiving a thing in good faith with the intention of retaining it.
release or discharge of an obligation or liability; in criminal law, a finding of not guilty
standardized contract form in which a party with little or no bargaining power is forced to accept its terms
allegation of a responsive pleading which, if it can be proved, negates the allegations of the complaint
gradual extinction of a monetary obligation by periodic payments that usually includes interest
federal and state laws to prevent restraint of trade, price-fixing, price discrimination, monopolies, or other conduct detrimental to free commerce
investigation and determination of dispute by neutral decision-maker, decision is binding on the parties
in tort, threat of imminent bodily harm accompanied by apparent ability to carry out the threat; in criminal law, often defined as the tort equivalent of battery
real or personal property owned by an individual, estate, business corporation, or other entity
assumption of risk
doctrine under which a person cannot recover for injuries received from a dangerous activity to which she voluntarily exposed herself
delivery of personal property to another to be held for a particular person and then returned
written argument of counsel concerning one or more legal issues in a case, sometimes called a memorandum of law
that part of a pleading which states the name of the court, the name of the parties, the case number assigned, and the name of the pleading
law of the State of Louisiana consisting of a collection of statutes and based upon the Napoleonic Code, distinguished from common law.
property owned in common law by husband and wife, each owning an undivided 1/2 interest as a result of their marital status
the process of taking private property for public use under the government's right of eminent domain
agreement between competent parties, supported by consideration, to do or to refrain from doing some lawful act
unlawful constraint exercised upon a person, forcing her to do an act which she would not have done otherwise
reversion of property to the state when there are no heirs to inherit the property at a person's death
doctrine under which a person's acts or failure to act prevents her from seeking legal relief, although she would have been entitled to relief otherwise
to recover real estate from a tenant by legal process; to force out or remove from real property
immunity from a general burden, tax, or charge; in bankruptcy or in judgment executions, that portion of the debtor's property that cannot be liquidated and applied to her debts
a pleading in the form of an answer, which denies allegations made by the opposing party but which contains no affirmative defenses
one charged with responsibility to mange the personal matters of another who is incompetent because of age, understanding, or lack of self-control
guardian ad litem
person appointed by the court to look after the interests of a child or incompetent person during the pendency of a litigation
an order issued by a court of equity requiring a person to do or not to do a specific act
final order of a court of law, based upon a jury verdict or upon findings of fact by the court
clause of a notary public or authorized officer attesting that a statement or document was sworn by a specific person on a specific date
metes and bounds
a method of describing real estate, using boundary lines with terminal points and angles
motion in limine
application requesting a court to rule in advance that specific, unfairly prejudicial information will not be mentioned during trial
failure to use the care which a reasonable and prudent person would use in similar circumstances
substitution of a new contract, debt, or obligation for an existing one between the same or different parties
a right supported by consideration to purchase property at an agreed price within a specified time
oral proof of contract terms which are not contained within the written contract document
holding of a case which guides the decisions in future cases involving similar facts and similar legal issues
justification to believe that a crime was committed and that the accused is the person who committed it
a doctrine which prevents a party to a contract from denying that consideration was given for the contract
damages awarded over and above the amount of losses, which are awarded as punishment of the wrongdoer
an equitable remedy which invalidates a contract on the basis of mutual mistake, fraud, impossibility, etc.
restoration of a thing to its rightful owner; a measure of damages according to the defendant's gains rather than the plaintiff's losses
equitable remedy in contract law which requires the breaching party to perform according to the specific terms of the contract
process by which a tract of land is measured and its contents determined with a map to scale created for it
confirmation of accuracy; sworn oath by an authorized person that certain statements are true to the best of his or her knowledge and belief
that which is capable of being declared void but which is valid until such declaration is made
a deed conveying land which guarantees that the title is free of defects to marketability
a declaration (usually in connection with an order of dismissal) which ends the right to further relief; it prevents either party from filing future complaints based on the same claim or cause of action
a declaration (usually in connection with an order of dismissal) which preserves any rights or privileges that a party may have to file a future complaint based upon the same claim or cause of action
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