A claim brought by a party to a lawsuit against a co-party, out of an occurrence that is part of the subject matter of the original action. See also counterclaim

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.

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Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

An action brought by X against Y in relation to a transaction on the basis of which Y has brought an action against X.
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Practical Law Dictionary. Glossary of UK, US and international legal terms. . 2010.

n. 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.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

A demand made in a pleading against another party on the same side of the lawsuit.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.

A demand made in a pleading against another party on the same side of the lawsuit.
II A pleading which asserts a claim arising out of the same subject action as the original complaint against a co-party, i.e., one co-defendant cross claims against another co-defendant for contribution for any damages assessed against him.

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  • cross-claim — noun Date: 1952 a claim against a party on the same side of a legal action …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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