Any mediation or defendant based on a complaint that the defendant failed to perform a legal duty, resulting in harm to the plaintiff. Source: U.S. DOJ “>lawsuit. Participants (plaintiffs and defendants) in lawsuits are called litigants. Source: U.S. DOJ “>litigation to resolve a contract dispute shall apply the substantive obligation to do or not to do a particular thing. Source: U.S. DOJ “>contract law of the State of South Dakota.

Source: SL 1997, ch 277, § 3.