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out of court

Before trial or without litigation. The phrase is used to describe decisions, especially settlements, that are resolved before a case goes to trial. I have no desire to draw this out in a long trial, so let's offer to settle out of court.
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He added that universal access to quality out-of-court dispute settlement throughout the Union should lead to savings of around 22.5 billion a year for consumers.
Mr Parkin was believed to have been paid pounds 2m in an out-of-court settlement and the estate of Mr Friis is said to have received pounds 1.7m.
Communications companies Bell Canada and Bell Mobility (TSX:BCE) have announced they reached an out-of-court settlement in a class-action lawsuit over late fees paid by clients between 2003 and 2009.
The out-of-court agreement, which also included an undisclosed sum for damages, stipulates that the reseller will refrain from distributing any pirated Microsoft software in the future.
The out-of-court settlement will buy him a specially adapted home and pay for round-the-clock care workers to help him live life to the full.
Three private creditor banks have compiled their own out-of-court restructuring plan to turn around Japan Airlines Corp.
UNFORTUNATELY Mark Mercer (Mailbag Friday) was wrong when he wrote that in 2007 Mr Shahid Malik sued a newspaper for libel and obtained an out-of-court settlement.
Now, almost a year since the debacle, he has been offered an out-of-court settlement by the DIY giant after it admitted a mistake had been made.
There had been suggestions that Hammers officials were ready to broker an out-of-court settlement with the Blades.
LAWYERS representing Chris Kinane last night appeared close to finalising an out-of-court settlement for the former assistant trainer to Ian Williams, who was kicked on the head by Saameq in the paddock at Wolverhampton in April 2005.
Markowitz focuses his practice on debtor and creditors' rights, bankruptcy and out-of-court workouts.
(1) Credit professionals familiar with receiving notice of Chapter 7 and 11 cases may be uncertain as to what action should be taken upon hearing a rumor, or actually receiving notice, that a company is liquidating or restructuring out-of-court. Will there be a greater distribution on account of their claim in a bankruptcy?
David Couture was convicted of second degree murder, partly on the basis of out-of-court statements his spouse made to police while the couple was experiencing a separation.
HEARTS have offered a last-minute out-of-court settlement in their legal battle with former director of football Jim Duffy.
Finally, the Fourth Circuit determined that the probative value of the inmates' out-of-court statements substantially outweighed their prejudicial effect, noting that this information was highly relevant to the jury's task of evaluating the psychologist's opinion and the defense had adequate opportunity to downgrade the credibility of such out-of-court statements.