file against

file something against someone

to lodge a criminal charge against someone. Sally filed a charge of assault against Max. The old man filed charges against the attacker.
See also: file
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March 5, 2003 -- BAR submits case file against Caliber Collision Center, 125 E.
March 27, 2003 -- BAR submits case file against Caliber Collision Center, 20601 E.
April 15, 2003 -- BAR submits case file against Caliber Collision Center (Walnut) and supplemental case file (Fresno) to Fresno County District Attorney for review.
April 16, 2003 -- BAR submits supplemental case file against Caliber Collision Center (Fresno) to California Attorney General.
April 18, 2003 -- BAR submits case file against Caliber Collision Center, 1622 Pomona Ave.
April 22, 2003 -- BAR submits case file against Caliber Collision Center, 332 North Johnson Ave.
April 28, 2003 -- BAR submits case file against Caliber Collision Center, 14622 Ramona Ave.
June 10, 2003 -- BAR submits case file against Caliber Collision Center, 41416 Pear Street.
June 16, 2003 -- BAR submits case file against Caliber Collision Center, 1435 Grand Ave.
6 million registrants of its central voter file against DBT's six billion records.