Cross-claim definition

A cause of action or claim asserted between co-defendants or co-plaintiffs against one another and not against the plaintiff or defendant on the opposite side of a civil action. For example, a defendant’s assertion of a right of contribution from a fellow defendant is a cross-claim. See also counterclaim.
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(law): A secondary lawsuit, brought by a defendant in an original lawsuit, against a co-defendant in the original suit.
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(law) To file such a secondary lawsuit.
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