rule in favor of

rule in favor of (someone or something)

To deliver or pronounce an official or formal judgment that is to the advantage of or approving of someone or something. The court ruled in favor of the local company, siding with its complaint that the multinational corporation infringed on its copyright. The committee ruled in favor of allowing the construction to proceed.
See also: favor, of, rule

rule in favor of someone or something

 and rule for someone or something
[for a judge or deliberating body] to award a decision to someone or something or to render a decision favoring someone or something. The judge ruled for the defendant. The examining board ruled in favor of dismissing George.
See also: favor, of, rule
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Initially confident that the court would rule in favor of integration, his action backfired and a host of rights won earlier were lost.