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burden of production:the responsibility of the party that is presenting an issue or fact to produce evidence sufficient to support a favorable finding on that issue or fact called also burden of coming forward with the evidence burden of going forward with the evidence NOTE: The burden of production must be met in order to avoid a dismissal or directed verdict. Both parties to a suit usu. have burdens of production during the course of a suit, and often motions (as for summary judgment) impose a burden of production.
Source: Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law ©1996. Merriam-Webster, Incorporated. Published under license with Merriam-Webster, Incorporated.