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BURDEN OF PROOF

(Lat. onus probandi.) In the law of evidence. The necessity or duty of affirmatively proving a fact or facts in dispute on an issue raised between the parties in a cause. Willett v. Rich, 142 Mass. 356, 7 N. E.

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CONSORTIUM

In the civil law. A union of fortunes; a lawful Roman marriage. Also, the Joining of several persons as parties to one action. In old English law, the term signified company or society. In the language of plead

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LIQUIDATED AND UNLIQUIDATED DAMAGES

The former term is applicable when the amount of the damages has been ascertained by the judgment in the action, or when a specific sum of money has been expressly stipulated by the parties to a bond or other c

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CRIMINAL INTENT

The intent to commit a crime: malice, as evidenced by a criminal act; an intent to deprive or defraud the true owner of his property. People v. Moore. 3 N. Y. Cr. R. 458.  (source: Black's Law Dictionary) Cri

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