summary judgmentA judgment granted on a claim or defense about which there is no genuine issue of material fact and upon which the movant is entitled to prevail as a matter of law.
? The court considers the contents of the pleadings, the motions, and additional evidence adduced by the parties to determine whether there is a genuine issue of material fact rather than one of law. This procedural device allows the speedy disposition of a controversy without the need for trial. Fed. R. Civ. P. 56.
¡ª Also termed summary disposition; judgment on the pleadings. See JUDGMENT. [Cases: Federal Civil Procedure 2461¨C2559; Judgment 178¨C190. C.J.S. Copyrights and Intellectual Property ¡ì 81; Judgments ¡ì¡ì 243¨C274; Libel and Slander; Injurious Falsehood ¡ì 184.]