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Lis alibi pendens

“Lis alibi pendens” is a Latin legal term. It means “a suit pending elsewhere” in English. This doctrine or principle prevents multiple lawsuits involving the same parties and issues from proceeding simultaneously in different courts. If a lawsuit is already pending in one court and a similar or related lawsuit is filed in another court, the doctrine of lis alibi pendens can be used to stop or dismiss the second lawsuit. This doctrine helps to avoid conflicting judgments and promotes judicial efficiency by ensuring that the same issues are not litigated in multiple courts at the same time.

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