in·ter·vene /ˌin-tər-'vēn/ vi -ven·ed, -ven·ing
1: to occur, fall, or come between points of time or events
may be held liable even though other independent agencies intervene between his negligence and the ultimate resultHooks Superx Inc. v. McLaughlin, 642 N.E.2d 514 (1994)
2 a: to come in or between by way of hindrance or modification
intervene to stop a fight
b: to become a party to a legal proceeding begun by others in order to protect an alleged interest in the subject matter of the proceeding
the Commissioner of Internal Revenue was granted leave to intervene — P. A. Freund compare implead, interplead, join
in·ter·ve·nor /-'vē-nər, -ˌnȯr/ n

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

I verb become a party to an action, break in, come between, encroach, infringe, intercede, intercedere, interfere, intermeddle, interpose, interrupt, intervenire, intrude, meddle, obtrude, step in, supervenire associated concepts: intervening act, intervening agency, intervening cause, intervening efficient cause, intervening estate, intervening force, intervening parties, intervening sufficient cause, intervening superceding cause, intervenor, intervention as of right, intervention by leave of court II index arbitrate (conciliate), check (restrain), defer (put off), discontinue (break continuity), disrupt, estop, forestall, hold up (delay), impose (intrude), intercede, interfere, interject, interpose, mediate, obstruct, obtrude, parry, tamper

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

To come between two things in such a way as to delay, obstruct, or change the course of events.

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

To enter into a lawsuit that has already started between other parties, because a claim exists that is related to the existing case. Example: A grocery store sues a dairy producer for providing sub-par butter. A second grocery chain has been buying from the same producer, so the second chain asks to intervene in the lawsuit.
Category: Accidents & Injuries
Category: Representing Yourself in Court
Category: Small Claims Court & Lawsuits

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

   to obtain the court's permission to enter into a lawsuit which has already started between other parties and to file a complaint stating the basis for a claim in the existing lawsuit. Such intervention will be allowed only if the party wanting to enter into the case has some right or interest in the suit and will not unduly prejudice the ability of the original parties to the lawsuit to conduct their case. Example: Little Buttercup Butter Co. has been sued by Market Bag Grocers for selling below standard butter. Better Buy Market has also been buying Buttercup's butter and wishes to intervene (join in the lawsuit) to avoid either a loss by Market Bag which would affect Better Buy's possible claim, and also to avoid two separate suits. Or another butter company might want to join the suit on Buttercup's side in order to put up a united front with Buttercup against the markets.

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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