n. a defendant or a plaintiff included in a lawsuit because of a technical connection with the matter in dispute, and necessary for the court to decide all issues and make a proper judgment, but with no responsibility, no fault and no right to recovery.
nominal partyOne who is joined as a party or defendant merely because the technical rules of pleading require his presence in the record.
non obstante verdictoNotwithstanding the verdict. A verdict entered by the judge contrary to a jury's verdict.
[Latin nominatus, past participle of nominare to call by name, from nomin- nomen name] in the civil law of Louisiana : having a special or certain name compare innominate