- The failure to promptly assert legal rights or privileges
- A legal principle that can lead to a dismissal of a lawsuit if the plaintiff's unjustifiable delay in asserting legal rights or privileges negatively impacts the defendant's ability to put forth a defense because of lost witnesses or evidence
- An assertion used as a defense in a lawsuit, based on the principle that the plaintiff delayed unreasonably in asserting their rights, and this delay adversely affected the defense
- The judge rejected the suit, ruling that the principle of laches applied because of the plaintiff's unreasonable delay in filing the case.
- Due to the doctrine of laches, the defendant was able to argue that the lawsuit should be dismissed as the evidence was no longer available.
- To avoid the possible invocation of the principle of laches, Prompt action should be taken when legal rights have been infringed.