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WHAT IS COMPLEX LITIGATION?

Understanding Complex Litigation

Every company faces litigation at some point. Many of these are fairly standard lawsuits related to real estate or disputes with vendors. Almost any experienced business lawyer can help you resolve these matters with the best possible outcome. Not so with complex litigation.

While any lawsuit may be complicated, complex litigation refers to a specific type of large civil case that companies may face. Complex litigation encompasses any court battle with multiple parties in multiple jurisdictions, large amounts of money at stake, lengthy trials, or complex legal issues. These are the kind of lawsuits that can draw serious media scrutiny, and they will likely cost the company serious time and money, even if you eventually win the case.

Many kinds of lawsuits can fall into the category of complex litigation. Class action lawsuits, contract disputes involving subcontractors, international arbitration, and even simple sale of goods agreements across state lines gone wrong can evolve into fairly complex legal battles. These involve unique legal issues rarely faced by corporate lawyers without complex litigation experience. Unless your attorney knows exactly what obscure laws may come into play, your company can wind up paying big, especially since complex litigation can involve thousands, millions, or even billion-dollar judgements.

 

How Can I Mitigate the Impact of Complex Litigation on My Company?

Complex litigation requires an expert touch, or cases can drag on for months and even years, draining your company of much-needed resources. Just any corporate lawyer won’t be prepared to handle the massive amount of due diligence these cases require, nor will they be able to quickly sift through the data to determine the key issues–and the best course of action to address them. The best way to mitigate complex litigation is to trust a lawyer with experience on other complex cases involving similar legal and factual issues.

It’s also important to consider all your options. A complex litigation attorney that you trust won’t just show you the best way to win a case in court. They will honestly assess other options, telling you frankly when an out-of-court settlement may ultimately impact your company the least or when a summary judgement in your favor may be available. They will put minimizing court expenses and keeping your good name and bottom line in mind as a priority in order to minimize the effects of the lawsuit on company operations. At MAJ Law, this means staffing cases as leanly as possible to get results without allowing litigation costs to get out of hand.

As our society gets ever more litigious, even small businesses regularly face litigation beyond what you may be prepared to handle. Luckily, there are lawyers who can minimize the damage of these complicated and expensive lawsuits. If your company is facing a lawsuit that sounds like it may be more complex than you expected, it can help to speak to a complex litigation attorney today to find out if you may need special help.