splitting causes of action – bringing separate actions upon separate and distinct causes of action against the same person instead of joining all causes in one action

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splitting causes of action:

1. Bringing separate actions upon separate and distinct causes of action against the same person in lieu of joining all of such causes in one action.  The practice, not permitted, of splitting one  cause of action and maintaining successive suits for different parts. 1 Am J2d Actions § 127.

In applying the rule to the case of a contract twice broken, it has been facetiously observed that it is not permitted to make two suits out of the pair of breaches. [2]


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[1]: Black’s Law Dictionary Deluxe Tenth Edition by Henry Campbell Black & Editor in Chief Bryan A. Garner. ISBN: 978-0-314-62130-6 

[2]: Ballantine’s Law Dictionary with Pronunciations
Third Edition by James A. Ballantine (James Arthur 1871-1949).  Edited by William S. Anderson.  © 1969 by THE LAWYER’S CO-OPERATIVE PUBLISHING COMPANY.  Library of Congress Catalog Card No. 68-30931

[3]:  Ballantine’s Law Dictionary Legal Assistant Edition
by Jack Ballantine 
(James Arthur 1871-1949).  Doctored by Jack G. Handler, J.D. © 1994 Delmar by Thomson Learning.  ISBN 0-8273-4874-6.


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