friendly suit

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Noun[edit]

friendly suit (plural friendly suits)

  1. (law) The situation 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) The situation where a person sues another person (friend) purely to settle a point of (unsettled) law.