1. relief. 1. A payment made by an heir of a feudal tenant to the feudal lord for the privilege of succeeding to the ancestor's tenancy. “A mesne lord could, upon the death of his tenant, accept the tenant's heir as tenant; but he was not required to do so. When he did accept his deceased tenant's heir as tenant, it was typically because the heir had paid the mesne lord a substantial sum (known as a relief) for the re-grant of the tenancy.” Thomas F. Bergin & Paul G. Haskell, Preface to Estates in Land and Future Interests 8 (2d ed. 1984). 2. Aid or assistance given to those in need, esp., financial aid provided by the state. [Cases: Social Security and Public Welfare 4. C.J.S. Social Security and Public Welfare §§ 6, 10, 17.] 3. The redress or benefit, esp. equitable in nature (such as an injunction or specific performance), that a party asks of a court. — Also termed remedy. Cf. REMEDY. Black's Law Dictionary (8th ed. 2004) , Page 4035
      1. affirmative relief The relief sought by a defendant by raising a counterclaim or cross-claim that could have been maintained independently of the plaintiff's action.
      2. alternative relief Judicial relief that is mutually exclusive with another form of judicial relief. • In pleading, a party may request alternative relief, as by asking for both specific performance and damages that would be averted by specific performance. Fed. R. Civ. P. 8(a). Cf. ELECTION OF REMEDIES. [Cases: Specific Performance 127. C.J.S. Specific Performance §§ 194–196, 198–199.]
      3. coercive relief. Judicial relief, either legal or equitable, in the form of a personal command to the defendant that is enforceable by physical restraint.
      4. interim relief. Relief that is granted on a preliminary basis before an order finally disposing of a request for relief.
      5. therapeutic relief. The relief, esp. in a settlement, that requires the defendant to take remedial measures as opposed to paying damages. • An example is a defendant-corporation (in an employment-discrimination suit) that agrees to undergo sensitivity training. — Often shortened to therapeutics.
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        1. Chapter 8_ Limitations on Relief.pdf
        2. Chapter 8; Limitations on Relief.odt
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        1. Chapter 9_ Relief.pdf
        2. Chapter 9; Relief.odt
        3. FPMLAA; 9. RELIEF.xmind
      1. prayer for relief. A request addressed to the court and appearing at the end of a pleading; esp., a request for specific relief or damages. — Often shortened to prayer. — Also termed demand for relief. See AD DAMNUM CLAUSE. [Cases: Federal Civil Procedure 680; Pleading 72. C.J.S. Pleading §§ 110–115.]
        1. DO YOU BEG OR DEMAND?
      2. “The prayer for relief. The plaintiff prays in his bill for the relief to which he supposes himself entitled on the case made out in the bill. This is called the special prayer. He then prays for general relief, usually in these words: ‘And the plaintiff (or your orator) prays for such further or other relief as the nature of the case may require, and as may be agreeable to equity and good conscience.’ Both prayers are generally inserted in the bill, — the special prayer first, the general following.” Edwin E. Bryant, The Law of Pleading Under the Codes of Civil Procedure 69 (2d ed. 1899).
      3. general prayer. A prayer for additional unspecified relief, traditionally using language such as, “Plaintiff additionally prays for such other and further relief to which she may show herself to be justly entitled.” The general prayer typically follows a special prayer. [Cases: Judgment 252; Pleading 72. C.J.S. Judgments § 53; Pleading §§ 110–115.]
      4. special prayer. A prayer for the particular relief to which a plaintiff claims to be entitled. [Cases: Judgment 252; Pleading 72. C.J.S. Judgments § 53; Pleading §§ 110–115.]
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