Third party

Definition
1  : a person who is not a party to an action but who is or may be liable to the defendant in the action for all or part of the plaintiff's claim and against whom the defendant may bring a third-party complaint
2  : a person who is not a party to an action but who is or may be liable to the plaintiff in the action for all or part of a counterclaim and against whom the plaintiff may bring a third-party complaint
see also third-party complaint
2  : a group of persons usu. sharing a set of political ideals who are organized for the purpose of directing the policies of a government

Definition
: a person other than the principals <insurance against injury to a third party>
b  : one (as an individual, firm, or corporation) that constitutes the plaintiff or defendant in an action
also
: one so involved in the prosecution or defense of a judicial or quasi-judicial proceeding as to be bound or substantially affected by the decision or judgment therein



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