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.

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

    A comprehensive chart and explanation of the Oregon statute of limitations, the time limits for bringing or facing a lawsuit in an Oregon state court.
  2. Statute of Limitations What is the Statute of Limitations?

    What is the statute of limitations? How much time do you have to file a lawsuit after an injury or to be prosecuted for criminal charges? Why does it exist?
  3. Statute of Limitations Utah Statute of Limitations, Civil Actions

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

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

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

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

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

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

    A comprehensive chart and explanation of the District of Columbia statute of limitations, time limits for bringing or facing a lawsuit in a State civil court.
  10. Statute of Limitations Wyoming Statute of Limitations, Civil Actions

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