Third-Party Defendant – a party brought into a lawsuit by the original defendant

third party:

1. A person who is not a party to an agreement, instrument, or transaction, but who may have an interest int he transaction. See interested person. Compare stranger.

2. A person or party, other than the original plaintiff or defendant, who is brought into an action. See third-party action; third-party practice. Also see real party in interest; third person. [1]

third-party defendant:
(1927)

1 A party brought into a lawsuit by the original defendant. [2]

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[1]:  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.

[2]: Black’s Law Dictionary Deluxe Tenth Edition by Henry Campbell Black, Editor in Chief Bryan A. Garner. ISBN: 978-0-314-61300-4

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