Counter-Complaint – a complaint filed by a defendant against the plaintiff, alleging that the plaintiff has committed a breach and is liable to the defendant for damages

counter-complaint:
n. (18c)

1. A complaint filed by a defendant against the plaintiff, alleging that the plaintiff has committed a breach and is liable to the defendant for damages. [1]

     The historical counter-complaint appears to have been banned from the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (see Rule 7), and replaced with the more efficient counterclaim. See Fed. R. Civ. P. 13.

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

[2]: 6 Charles Alan Wright et al., Federal Practice and Procedure 5 1403, at 15-16 (2d ed. 1990). 

[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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