What is the difference between a "plaint" and "suit"?
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A "suit" refers to a lawsuit. It is a civil action, as opposed to a criminal one. A suit is brought by one person or group (plaintiff) against another (defendant), seeking damages for action's of the defandant.
A "plaint" is commonly defined as a summons, a legal document sent to representatives in a lawsuit. It informs a defendant of the legal action being brought against them, and provides case number, court dates, etc..
In some countries, the term "plaint" is more than a summons, and is used in just the way that "suit" is used. See the defintion provided by the link below. Plaint is not a term used int the US, but mostly in English law.
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