Versus Law and Legal Definition
Versus refers to situations when two parties are opposing each other. Versus is a designation used in the caption of a lawsuit to indicate the opposite positions taken by the parties. Often the term is abbreviated as ‘v.’, ‘vs’ or ‘vs.’. All court cases are referred as one party versus another. In the title of a lawsuit, the plaintiff's name appears first; the word versus follows; then the defendant's name appears. For example, Roberts v. Hosking, 95 Mont. 562 (Mont. 1933).