Meaning of lis pendens

lis pen•dens

Pronunciation: (lis pen'denz), [key]
— Law. Law.
  1. a pending suit listed on the court docket.
  2. the rule placing property involved in litigation under the court's jurisdiction.
  3. the principle that the filing of a suit constitutes notice of the claim asserted.
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