Lawsuits & Disputes

When people have disputes that need to be settled, they can seek a decision from a court (by filing a lawsuit) or from another party outside of the court system (such as an arbitrator or mediator.)

The term “litigation” means to contest or engage someone in a lawsuit. A civil action is a lawsuit brought by an injured party (the “plaintiff”) who claims to have suffered damages as a result of the wrongful actions of another party (the “defendant.”) Litigation allows for each party to obtain more evidence about their case (discovery and interrogatories), call witnesses to testify and argue the merits of their case. A judge or jury will render a verdict after both sides present their case. The U.S. court system consists primarily of federal courts (making decisions concerning federal law and disputes between residents of different states), state courts, city and municipal courts, appeals courts and courts of special jurisdiction. Small Claims Court is used mostly by consumers to settle small disputes. It is locally accessible, more informal and less costly than most civil courts which usually suggest the need for a lawyer. Arbitration and mediation are alternative forms of resolving legal disputes outside of the court system which are usually less costly, more informal and move more quickly to a conclusion.

  1. Statute of Limitations Washington Statute of Limitations, Civil Actions

    A comprehensive chart and explanation of the Washington statute of limitations, the time limits for bringing or facing a lawsuit in a Washington state court.
  2. Statute of Limitations Wisconsin Statute of Limitations, Civil Actions

    A comprehensive chart and explanation of the Wisconsin statute of limitations, the time limits for bringing or facing a lawsuit in a Wisconsin state court.
  3. Statute of Limitations Virginia Statute of Limitations, Civil Actions

    A comprehensive chart and explanation of the Virginia statute of limitations, the time limits for bringing or facing a lawsuit in a Virginia state court.
  4. Statute of Limitations West Virginia Statute of Limitations, Civil Actions

    A comprehensive chart and explanation of the West Virginia statute of limitations, the time limits for bringing or facing a lawsuit in a West Virginia state court.
  5. Statute of Limitations Tennessee Statute of Limitations, Civil Actions

    A comprehensive chart and explanation of the Tennessee statute of limitations, the time limits for bringing or facing a lawsuit in a Tennessee state court.
  6. Statute of Limitations Vermont Statute of Limitations, Civil Actions

    A comprehensive chart and explanation of the Vermont statute of limitations, the time limits for bringing or facing a lawsuit in a Vermont state court.
  7. Statute of Limitations South Carolina Statute of Limitations, Civil Actions

    A comprehensive chart and explanation of the South Carolina statute of limitations, the time limits for bringing or facing a lawsuit in a South Carolina state court.
  8. Statute of Limitations South Dakota Statute of Limitations, Civil Actions

    A comprehensive chart and explanation of the South Dakota statute of limitations, the time limits for bringing or facing a lawsuit in a South Dakota state court.
  9. Statute of Limitations North Dakota Statute of Limitations, Civil Actions

    A comprehensive chart and explanation of the North Dakota statute of limitations, the time limits for bringing or facing a lawsuit in a North Dakota state court.
  10. Statute of Limitations Pennsylvania Statute of Limitations, Civil Actions

    A comprehensive chart and explanation of the Pennsylvania statute of limitations, the time limits for bringing or facing a lawsuit in a Pennsylvania state court.
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