Civil Litigation and Arbitration
Litigation is the term used to describe proceedings initiated between two opposing parties (a lawsuit) to enforce or defend a legal right. Litigation can include lawsuits for breach of contract, negligence (such as a Personal Injury case) or Temporary or Permanent Restraining Orders (preventing one from continuing to violate a person’s legal rights). Litigation is not simply another name for a lawsuit, but rather any number of activities before, during and after a lawsuit to enforce a legal right. In addition to the actual lawsuit, pre-suit negotiations, mediations, trials (before a Judge or Jury), collection of judgments and appeals may also be part of the litigation process. Additionally, the attorneys at Fuhrman & Dodge also assist clients in arbitration. Arbitration is usually a less formal process and is typically administered by the American Arbitration Association. Most arbitrations result from contract disputes where the contract requires that all issues between two parties be resolved by arbitration.