Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Law A procedure to determine which of two parties making the same claim against a third party is the rightful claimant.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. One who makes an interplea.
  • n. Motion for a third party to enter into a lawsuit in process because a matter is being adjudicated in which they have an interest.
  • n. Process by which a third party asks a court to determine which of two rival claims is to be honored by the third party.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who interpleads.
  • n. A proceeding devised to enable a person, of whom the same debt, duty, or thing is claimed adversely by two or more parties, to compel them to litigate the right or title between themselves, and thereby to relieve himself from the suits which they might otherwise bring against him.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A party who interpleads.
  • n. A suit by which a person having property belonging to or subject to the claim of others, but uncertain which of adverse claimants is entitled, brings the adverse claimants before the court, that the right may be determined and himself exonerated: as, a bill of interpleader.
  • n. The process of trial between adverse claimants in such a case: as, the court awarded an interpleader.

Etymologies

Anglo-Norman enterpleder, to interplead, interpleader; see interplead.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
interplead +‎ -er (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The interpleader is a third party who demands that the courts settle this, because harm will accrue to the interpleader.

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  • In contract disputes, intellectual property, antitrust, and business litigation in general — and even in some tort litigation — there are often a plethora of counterclaims, cross-claims, and interpleader actions.

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  • And if I were Yoo, I think I would be filing some interpleader/joinder motions so that Bush, Cheney, Rummy, et. al. would be sitting in court beside me.

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  • I find interpleader very difficult, but if I'm sitting Althouse's CivPro exam, and she asks a question that requires me to discuss interpleader, she will or ought to fail me if I instead ignore the question and discuss something I'm more comfortable with.

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  • Petit – Claud applied for an interpleader summons, and served notice on Metivier for that day fortnight.

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  • That they should appeal against the abuse of obtaining and publishing monitories, and lodge an interpleader against the sentence of the judge of first instruction, who had condemned the matron to capital punishment;

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  • The Trustee and the Mets had worked something out and the Court was prepared to dismiss the interpleader, but the IRS wanted there to be summary judgment based on sovereign immunity.

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  • The right to interpleader is not incumbent upon a stakeholder showing that it is in jeopardy of multiple liability, as well as multiple litigation.

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  • Instead, "a stakeholder acting in good faith, may maintain a suit in interpleader to avoid the vexation and expense of resisting adverse claims, even though he believes only one of them is meritorious."

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  • The Mets have initiated the interpleader in order to ensure that the disputed deferred compensation funds are given to those that are properly entitled to it and to ensure that they are protected from further liability.

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