Definitions from Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition and Ballentine's Law Dictionary as are available for each term in each dictionary.
  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    To "bring" an action or suit has a settled customary meaning at law, and refers to the initation of legal proceedings in a suit. A suit is "brought" at the time it is commenced. Hames v. Judd (Com. Pit) 9 N. Y. Supp. 743; Rawle v. Phelps, 20 Fed. Cas. 321; Goldenberg v. Murphy, 108 U. S. 162, 2 Sup. Ch 388, 27 In Ed. 686; Buecker v. Carr, 60 N. J. Eq. 300, 47 Atl. 34.