Action Quasi In Rem – brought against a person, generally to subject certain property to the discharge of the claims asserted

quasi in rem:
[Latin “as if against a thing”]

1. Involving or determining the rights of a person having an interest in property located within the court’s jurisdiction.

action quasi in rem:

1. An action brought against the defendant personally. with jurisdiction based on an interest in property, the objective being to deal with the particular property or to subject the property to the discharge of the claims asserted. [1]

quasi in rem action:

1. An action which, although conventional in the sense of having named persons as parties, has the direct object of reaching and disposing of property or of some interest therein; an action in which the judgment deals with the status, ownership, or liability of particular property and operates only as between the particular parties to the proceeding.  1 Am J2d Actions § 41.

An action in which the adjudication, involves a thing in the sense of a personal status, such as an action for divorce.  24 Am J2d Div & S § 245, or a proceeding for the adoption of a child.  2 Am J2d Adopt § 48, but also involves an element not found in an action strictly in rem where parties are not designated and the adjudication involves only a thing.  Joiner v Joiner, 131 Ga 217, 62 SE 182. [2]


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

[3]: 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


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