Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A lawsuit brought on behalf of a third party to determine which of two parties is entitled to property held by the third party.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A suit by which a person having property belonging to or subject to the claim of others, but uncertain which of adverse claimants is entitled, brings the adverse claimants before the court, that the right may be determined and himself exonerated: as, a bill of interpleader.
  • noun The process of trial between adverse claimants in such a case: as, the court awarded an interpleader.
  • noun A party who interpleads.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun One who interpleads.
  • noun (Law) A proceeding devised to enable a person, of whom the same debt, duty, or thing is claimed adversely by two or more parties, to compel them to litigate the right or title between themselves, and thereby to relieve himself from the suits which they might otherwise bring against him.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun law One who makes an interplea.
  • noun law Motion for a third party to enter into a lawsuit in process because a matter is being adjudicated in which they have an interest.
  • noun law Process by which a third party asks a court to determine which of two rival claims is to be honored by the third party.

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Anglo-Norman enterpleder, to interplead, interpleader; see interplead.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

interplead +‎ -er

Examples

  • The interpleader is a third party who demands that the courts settle this, because harm will accrue to the interpleader.

    GINA COBB

  • And if I were Yoo, I think I would be filing some interpleader/joinder motions so that Bush, Cheney, Rummy, et. al. would be sitting in court beside me.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » John Yoo’s Appeal

  • And if I were Yoo, I think I would be filing some interpleader/joinder motions so that Bush, Cheney, Rummy, et. al. would be sitting in court beside me.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » John Yoo’s Appeal

  • In contract disputes, intellectual property, antitrust, and business litigation in general — and even in some tort litigation — there are often a plethora of counterclaims, cross-claims, and interpleader actions.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Was Iqbal a Big Win for Business?

  • I find interpleader very difficult, but if I'm sitting Althouse's CivPro exam, and she asks a question that requires me to discuss interpleader, she will or ought to fail me if I instead ignore the question and discuss something I'm more comfortable with.

    Adam Lambert sings "Ring of Fire."

  • And if I were Yoo, I think I would be filing some interpleader/joinder motions so that Bush, Cheney, Rummy, et. al. would be sitting in court beside me.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » John Yoo’s Appeal

  • Petit – Claud applied for an interpleader summons, and served notice on Metivier for that day fortnight.

    Eve and David

  • Petit – Claud applied for an interpleader summons, and served notice on Metivier for that day fortnight.

    Eve and David

  • That they should appeal against the abuse of obtaining and publishing monitories, and lodge an interpleader against the sentence of the judge of first instruction, who had condemned the matron to capital punishment;

    Celebrated Crimes (Complete)

  • The Trustee and the Mets had worked something out and the Court was prepared to dismiss the interpleader, but the IRS wanted there to be summary judgment based on sovereign immunity.

    Forbes.com: News

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