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Agency

Agency: An Overview

Agency law is concerned with any "principal"-"agent" relationship; a relationship in which one person has legal authority to act for another. Such relationships arise from explicit appointment, or by implication. The relationships...

Agent

A person with authority to act on behalf of another person.

See Principal, Fiduciary, and Fiduciary duty.

Agent for Acceptance of Service

Definition

See: Agent for service of process

Agent for Service of Process

Definition

The person designated by a business entity, such as a corporation, to receive legal correspondence on behalf of the business entity within the state which the agent's address is located. The person may be an officer of the corporation or a...

Aggregation of Jurisdictional Amount

Even if claims are related, when there are multiple parties with several and distinct claims, the claims may not be aggregated to satisfy the requirement for the jurisdictional amount. Two exceptions to this rule exist. First, a single plaintiff is...

Alford Plea

Also known as a "best-interests plea," an Alford plea registers a formal claim neither of guilt nor innocence toward charges brought against a defendant in criminal court. Like a nolo contendere plea, an Alford plea arrests the full process of criminal...

Alien Tort Statute

The Alien Tort Statute ("ATS"; also known as the Alien Tort Claims Act) refers to 28 U.S.C. § 1350, granting jurisdiction to federal district courts "of all causes where an alien sues for a tort only in violation of the law of nation or of a treaty of...

ALJ

An abbreviation for Administrative Law Judge

Allegation

A claim of fact not yet proven to be true. In a lawsuit, a party puts forth their allegations in a complaint, indictment or affirmative defense, and then uses evidence at trial to attempt to prove their truth.

Allege

To allege means to claim or assert something as true; to make an allegation.

[Last updated in June of 2021 by the Wex Definitions Team]

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