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

    An agreement to defraud a third party of his rights by the forms of law, or to secure an unlawful object. See 157 N. Y. 259, 68 Am. St. Rep. 777, 43 L. R. A. 256, 51 N. E. 1036.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    A deceitful agreement or compact between two or more persons, for the one party to bring an action against the other for some evil purpose, as to defraud a third party of his right. Cowell. A secret arrangement between two or more persons, whose interests are apparently conflicting, to make use of the forms and proceedings of law in order to defraud a third person, or to obtain that which justice would not give them, by deceiving a court or it officers. Baldwin v. New York, 45 Barb. (N. Y.) 359; Belt v. Blackburn, 28 Md. 235; Railroad Co. v. Gay, 86 Tex. 571, 26 S. W. 599, 25 In In A. 52; Balch v. Beach, 119 Wis. 77, 95 N. W. 132. In divorce proceedings; collusion is an agreement between husband and wlfe that one of them shall commit, or appear to have committed, or be represented in court as having committed, acts constituting a cause of divorce, for the purpose of enabling the other to obtain a divorce. Civil Code Cal. ยง 114. But it aiso means connivance or conspiracy in initiating or prosecuting the suit, as where there is a compact for mutual aid in carrying it through to a decree. Beard v. Beard, 65 CaL 354, 4 Pac. 229; Pohlman v. Pohiman, 60 N. J. Eq. 28, 46 Atl. 658; Drayton v. Drayton. 54 N. J. Eq. 298, 38 Atl. 25.