friendly suit

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friendly suit ‎(plural friendly suits)

  1. (law): Where two subsidiaries of the same parent company accidentally sue each other, not realising that they have the same owner. An analogy is "friendly fire", where a person accidentally shoots someone on his or her own side.
  2. (law): Where a person sues another person (friend) purely to settle a point of (unsettled) law.