face amount
The dollar amount to be paid to the beneficiary when the insured dies … Full Definition »
Law topic: Insurance Litigation << Legal issue: Insurance Litigation
fair use
“In our haste to disseminate news, it should not be forgotten that the Framers intended copyright itself to be the engine of free expression. By establishing a marketable right to the use of one's expression, copyright supplies the economic incentive to create and disseminate ideas. … Fair use was traditionally defined as "a privilege in others than the … Full Definition »
Law topic: Copyright Infringement << Legal issue: Intellectual Property
false advertisement
If a false advertisement clearly targets one particular competitor, that competitor can bring a false advertisement common law action even if the firm is not a sole source of goods/services in question. Electronics Corp. of America v. Honeywell, Inc., 428 F.2d 191 (1st Cir. 1970). … Full Definition »
Law topic: Copyright Infringement << Legal issue: Intellectual Property
false imprisonment
Intentional physical confinement of a person without that person’s consent. The following elements must be present to have bona fide case: the act of detention must be physical and volitional; intent to confine; actual occurrence of detention; awareness of a detained person that he/she was confined without legal authority. … Full Definition »
Law topic: Intentional Torts << Legal issue: Personal Injury
fault divorce
A fault divorce is only granted if one of the spouses is legally at fault. Today about two-thirds of states still offer some form of fault divorce when marital misconduct has been proved. In a fault divorce the petitioner (the person asking for the divorce) must prove that an act by his or her spouse constitutes marital misconduct and provides a legal … Full Definition »
Law topic: Divorce & Separation << Legal issue: Family Law
Federal Employees' Compensation Act (FECA)
Provides workers' compensation coverage to three million federal and postal workers around the world for employment-related injuries and occupational diseases. Benefits include wage replacement, payment for medical care, and where necessary, medical and vocational rehabilitation assistance in returning to work. Who is covered under Federal Employees' … Full Definition »
Law topic: Workers Compensation << Legal issue: Workers Compensation
Federal Witness Security Program
Is a program authorized by Federal law since 1974 to protect witnesses in federal cases. Witnesses and their families typically get new identities with authentic documentation. Housing, medical care, job training and employment can also be provided. Subsistence funding to cover basic living expenses is also provided to the witnesses until they become … Full Definition »
Law topic: Felonies << Legal issue: Criminal Defense
fictitious defendant
is a real person a plaintiff believes it has a cause of action against in a lawsuit who, for one reason or another, cannot be identified by the plaintiff before a lawsuit is commenced. Because it is not always possible for a Plaintiff to identify all Defendants before Statute of limitations runs out, the Plaintiff identifies unknown Defendants as John Doe … Full Definition »
Law topic: General Civil Litigation << Legal issue: Litigation
fiduciary
for the purposes of estate administration: Fiduciary means a personal representative or trustee. The term includes an executor, administrator, successor personal representative, and a person performing substantially the same function. A fiduciary shall administer a trust or estate in accordance with the terms of the trust or the will; may … Full Definition »
Law topic: Living Trusts << Legal issue: Trusts & Estate Planning
file a lawsuit
means literally to give the clerk of Court your legal papers, usually summons & complaint. … Full Definition »
Law topic: General Civil Litigation << Legal issue: Litigation
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Literal translation: anew Definition and use: often used in the context of "trial de novo"—a new trial ordered when the previous one failed to reach a conclusion. … Full Definition »
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