Final Judgment – last action that settles the rights of the parties and disposes of all issues in controversy, except for the award of costs and enforcement of the judgment

Final Judgment:

(18c) A court’s last action that settles the rights of the parties and disposes of all issues in controversy, except for the award of costs (and, sometimes, attorney’s fees) and enforcement of the judgment.  Also termed final appealable judgmentfinal decision; final decree; definitive judgment; determinative judgment; final appealable order.

Final-Judgment Rule:

“(1931) The principle that a party may appeal only from a district court’s final decision that ends the litigation on the merits. * Under this rule, a party must raise all claims of error in a single appeal. – Also termed final-decision rule; finality rule. 28 USCA § 1291.” [1]

References:

[1]: Black’s Law Dictionary Deluxe Tenth Edition by Henry Campbell Black & Editor in Chief Bryan A. Garner. ISBN: 978-0-314-62130-6

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