- A type of legal resource in which a defendant requests compensation for harm they believe they endured during the same event which the plaintiff is alleging caused injury. This harm could also theoretically be the basis for the defendant to initiate a separate lawsuit
- The defendant sought affirmative relief, claiming they had also been damaged in the incident.
- In response to the lawsuit, the defendant not only denied the allegations but also requested affirmative relief.
- The court was not expecting the defendant's plea for affirmative relief and had to assess their claims of distress during the same event.