Back when newspapers were worth reading, I used to enjoy the more obscure parts of the paper, especially the Legal Notices. Will and quitclaim notices, with their long strings of akas, were fun to recite or sing. Other lawsuits implied a fascinating backstory. I never quite figured out what a friendly lawsuit
was. It was fairly clear from the context. Two companies, or one company and its union, had settled a dispute on their own. They wanted the court to register the result as an enforceable judgment so future executives on one side couldn't back out of it.
Techdirt has a story
about a summary judgment
, which sounds like the same thing. I'd never properly looked up a definition of friendly lawsuit
, so I googled it.
Some online sources agree with my inductive conclusion. Most of them seem to think that a friendly lawsuit is ONLY an agreement pertaining to guardianship of a child.
Which is true? Obviously these two info sources need a friendly lawsuit to settle the issue.