This section is from the book "Popular Law Library Vol7 Equity Jurisprudence, Trusts, Equity Pleading", by Albert H. Putney. Also available from Amazon: Popular Law-Dictionary.
Pleas in abatement, or dilatory pleas, include pleas to the jurisdiction of the court, pleas to the person either of the complainant or defendant, and pleas to the bill. The latter class includes pleas to the following effect:
5 National Hollow Brake Beam Co. vs. Interchangeable Brake Beam Co., 83 Fed., 26.
6 Speery vs. Miller, 2 Barb. Ch. (N. Y.), 632.
7 Story, Eq. PL, Sec. 652; Saltur vs. Tobias, 7 Johns; Ch. (N. Y.), 214.
8 Hazard vs. Durant, 25 Fed., 26;
Cooper, Eq. PI., 225.
(a) That there is another suit depending in a court of equity for the same matter and between substantially the same parties; or
(b) That there is a want of proper parties to the bill; or
(c) That to sustain the proceeding would cause a multiplicity of suits; or
(d) That the bill is multifarious, in joining or confounding distinct and separate matters in the same suit.