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

    Wherein the plaintiff says, “I have a fund in my possession in which I claim no personal interest and to which you, the defendants, set up conflicting claims; pay me my costs and I will bring the fund into court and you shall contest it between yourselves.” See 35 Am. Dec. 701, note.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    When two or more persons claim the same thing (or fund) of a third, and he, laying no claim to it himself, is ignorant which of them has a right to it, and fears he may be prejudiced by their proceeding against him to recover it, he may file a bill in equity against them, the object of which Is to make them litigate their title between themselves, instead of litigating it with him, and such a bili is called a "bill of interpleader." Brown. By the statute 1 & 2 Wm. IV. c. 58, summary proceedings at law were provided for the same purpose, In actions of assumpsit, debt, detinue, and trover. And the same remedy is known, in one form or the other, in most or all of the United States. Under the Pennsylvania practice, when goods levied upon by the sheriff are claimed by a third party, the sheriff takes a rule of interpleader on the parties, upon Which, when made absolute, a feigned issue is framed, and the title to the goods is tested. The goods, pending the proceedings, remain in the custody of the defendant upon the execution of a forthcoming bond. Bou-vier.