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A proper party is anyone who has an interest in the subject matter of a lawsuit and can either join the lawsuit or be brought into the suit by a party to the suit. By contrast, a “necessary party” is a party who the court will require that he or she be brought into the suit. If the court cannot gain jurisdiction over a necessary party, the suit will be dismissed; a suit can proceed without a proper party.
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