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Persons who stand against each other who interests are in conflict because they are taking opposite sides in an action or proceeding or whose interests are adverse to such person. The plaintiff and defendant in a civil lawsuit are generally adverse parties. The classic exception is this generally rule is a corporation in a derivative lawsuit. The corporation will be named as a defendant but it is not adverse to the plaintiff. The State and a defendant in a criminal trial are generally adverse parties. Notice of appeal must be served upon all adverse parties.

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