DEAR JEFF: I filed a lawsuit against a business and have just received something in the mail called a “motion for summary judgment.” What is this and what does it mean? Thanks, “Want My Day In Court”

Dear “Day In Court”: A motion for summary judgment is a request that the judge rule on the case in favor of one party without the case going to trial.

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