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 Delaware Statute of Limitations, Civil Actions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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