A lawsuit is a proceeding by one or more parties (the plaintiff or claimant) against one or more parties (the defendant) in a civilcourt of law. The archaic term “suit in law” is found in only a small number of laws still in effect today. The term “lawsuit” is used with respect to a civil action brought by a plaintiff (a party who claims to have incurred loss as a result of a defendant’s actions) who requests a legal remedy or equitable remedy from a court. The defendant is required to respond to the plaintiff’s complaint or else risk default judgment. If the plaintiff is successful, judgment is entered in favor of the defendant. A variety of court orders may be issued in connection with or as part of the judgment to enforce a right, award damages or restitution, or impose a temporary or permanent injunction to prevent an act or compel an act. A declaratory judgment may be issued to prevent future legal disputes.