Complaint filed by a defendant to initiate their own lawsuit against the a plaintiff, a co-defendant or another party not named in the original lawsuit. The cross-complaint must concern the same events as the original lawsuit.
A cause of action filed by a Defendant against a co-defendant in the same lawsuit. See also Counterclaim.
A document usually submitted by the defendant which lists and describes offenses, ramifications and/or damages alleged against the plaintiff or a third party.