Cause of Action

Definition - What does Cause of Action mean?

A cause of action is the situation that leads to a court case in its entirety. An example would be if a person buys a car from a used car dealership and the car subsequently breaks down and the buyer sues for their money back, the cause of action is the fact that the plaintiff bought a car from the defendant that did not meet the specifications stated at the time of purchase. All court cases must have a cause of action whether it is civil or criminal in nature.

Justipedia explains Cause of Action

Cause of actions are diverse. Any breach of law which results in a court case being taken for remedy or redress is considered a cause of action. A person or situation not performing as described and as paid for or a person that does not comply with civil law are additional causes of action.

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