sue for (something)

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sue for (something)

To initiate legal proceedings (against some person, group, or organization) in order to receive redress, reparation, or compensation. A noun or pronoun can be used between "sue" and "for" to indicated the person, group, or organization being sued. The employees have grouped together to sue for overtime that had not been paid since 2010. The family is suing the airline for $2.5 million to cover medical expenses, legal fees, and emotional damages.
See also: for, sue
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sue someone for something

to file a lawsuit against someone in order to get something. I will sue you for damages if you do anything else to my car! She sued her employer for failure to provide a safe workplace.
See also: for, sue

sue for something

to file a lawsuit in order to get something. If you so much as harm a hair on my head, I will sue for damages. Ted sued for back pay in his dispute with a former employer.
See also: for, sue
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

sue for

1. To institute legal proceedings against some person for some redress of grievances: The actor is suing a former TV star for $30 million. Their aunt and uncle sued for custody of the children.
2. To make an appeal or entreaty for something: The people of this country are suing for peace.
See also: for, sue
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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I mean I have already decided it, and judgment has been entered for the full amount that you sued for."
Wherefore the plaintiffs now sued for the recovery of the value of their whale, line, harpoons, and boat.
Some will bribe, beg, solicit, rise early, entreat, persist, without attaining the object of their suit; while another comes, and without knowing why or wherefore, finds himself invested with the place or office so many have sued for; and here it is that the common saying, 'There is good luck as well as bad luck in suits,' applies.
Besides, what can prevent confusion on the bench when one judge thinks a fine should be different from what another has set it at; one proposing twenty minae, another ten, or be it more or less, another four, and another five; and it is evident, that in this manner they will differ from each other, while some will give the whole damages sued for, and others nothing; in this situation, how shall their determinations be settled?
Chances are high that most physicians will be sued for malpractice at least once in their career.
A random sample of current court cases found that schools are being sued for everything from a Georgia elementary teacher's strip search of her class after she found $26 missing from her wallet to a Texas school policy of random drug testing of students participating in extracurricular activities.
Immunity laws will not protect schools from being sued for violation of federal laws including civil rights regulations, Title IX, which regulates gender issues, the disabilities act and constitutional amendments such as freedom of speech, he notes.
Loss-limiting clauses and hold-harmless provisions are potentially powerful but controversial weapons against litigation that limit how much a CPA can be sued for. The first is a contractual clause that limits the client to how much it can receive in a lawsuit (for example, fees paid).
Monroe County Board of Education, that schools and universities which take federal money can be sued for damages in federal court if they do not respond adequately to complaints of student-on-student sexual harassment.
"If a company such as Adaptec can be sued for not serving its shareholders, there's a problem."
800 (1982), the Supreme Court held that government employees sued for alleged constitutional violations are shielded from liability if their conduct did not violate "clearly established" law of which a reasonable person should have known.
"A non-licensed broker who is defrocked, so to speak, who receives a commission can be sued for four times the amount of that commission by the party who paid it."
"The Personal and Professional consequences as Experienced by the Female Physician who has been Sued for Medical Malpractice: A Qualitative study."
An American lawyer who handled a case that way would probably be sued for malpractice or disbarred on grounds of insanity.