In Terrorem – Law Definition

Latin meaning “in fear.” This phrase is used to describe provisions in contracts or wills meant to scare a person into complying with the terms of the agreement. For example, a will might state that an heir will forfeit her inheritance if she challenges the validity of the will. Of course, if the will is challenged and found to be invalid, then the clause itself is also invalid and the heir takes whatever she would have inherited if there were no will.

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  1. [...] business plans, and seeking to destroy the company we founded by our alleged actions in a $50M in terrorem lawsuit. The irony of course is that the company subsequently released the source code in question, [...]

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