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 Rhode Island Statute of Limitations, Civil Actions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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