friendly suit

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friendly suit (plural friendly suits)

  1. (law) The situation where a person sues another person (friend) purely to settle a point of (unsettled) law.
    • 2007, Norman Redlich, ‎John B. Attanasio, ‎& Joel K. Goldstein, Understanding Constitutional Law, →ISBN:
      Federal courts cannot adjudicate a friendly suit, collusively arranged between non-adverse parties to obtain the judicial resolution of some constitutional issue.
    • 2015, Kate Mayfield, The Undertaker's Daughter, →ISBN, page 293:
      The summer after my freshman year in college, four years after the death of Miss Agnes, my father's bank filed a friendly suit against him to receive the court's interpretation of Miss Agnes's will.