February 18, 2021
As a Michigan litigation law firm, we are routinely approached by business owners and other individuals who have questions about the litigation process. They know that taking legal action to enforce their rights is important, but they also have reservations about getting into a legal battle, and they have concerns about the time and cost involved.
To be clear, there is no one-size-fits-all approach to litigation. Different types of cases require different litigation strategies, being a plaintiff is very different from being a defendant, and the rules and procedures in state court and federal court are vastly different. With that said, there are some basic principles, and understanding these principles can help you make informed decisions as you approach your business or civil dispute:
The basic steps involved in business and civil litigation are as follows:
If a lawsuit goes to verdict, the case can have a number of different outcomes. While some verdicts will favor a clear winner, if there are multiple issues involved (for example, if the plaintiff’s complaint contained multiple counts or the defendant filed counterclaims), it is possible that one or more issues could be resolved in each party’s favor. With regard to remedies, the options include:
Plaintiffs and defendants can run into hurdles at all stages of the litigation process. Generally speaking, these hurdles arise because of the action (or inaction) of the other party, and as such, cannot be entirely predicted or controlled. For example, unreasonable or unduly burdensome demands during discovery can lead to significant costs and delays. However, by anticipating issues and responding promptly when issues arise, it is often possible to mitigate the costs involved.
During litigation in Michigan, it is crucial for litigants to work closely with their legal counsel so that they can make informed decisions as issues arise. While law firms can offer strategic advice and execute strategies on behalf of their clients, it is ultimately up to the litigants themselves to decide how they will move forward. At Maxwell Goss Law, effective attorney-client communication is a cornerstone of our approach to litigation, and our attorneys work closely with our clients to help them make informed decisions focused on streamlining the litigation process and reducing the risks and costs involved.
In any litigation proceeding, one of the biggest decisions to be made is how and when to resolve the dispute. When is the right time to approach settlement? What type of settlement are you willing to accept? What type of offer or counteroffer will send the right message in order to spur favorable negotiations? Does it remain in your (or your business’s) best interests to go to trial? These are questions that need to be constantly reevaluated during the litigation process, and consistently making sound decisions is essential to achieving your company’s desired outcome.
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