Piecemeal litigation

Piecemeal litigation – in some jurisdictions piecemeal litigation may occur in cases where two different courts are asked to decide on submitted lawsuits with identical subject. This means that they are deciding on the same legal dispute and may get contradictory decisions. These can cause problems in the application of Law, causing contradictory precedent. This is why the piecemeal litigation is forbidden and usually the court which has been called first, or alternatively the court which is higher instance (depending of the local legislation) get entitled to decide on the case, while the other pending case is to be terminated.

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