Civil Litigation

This is FindLaw's collection of Civil Litigation articles, part of the Litigation and Disputes section of the Corporate Counsel Center. Civil litigation is the process in which civil matters are resolved in a court of law. Civil matters can be described as situations dealing with relationships between people, such as a marriage, or a contract dispute between corporations. Civil laws are made by legislators, not through decisions rendered by judges. Civil litigation proceedings are governed by these statutes. Law articles in this archive are predominantly written by lawyers for a professional audience seeking business solutions to legal issues. Start your free research with FindLaw.

Civil Litigation Articles
    • The Forgotten Trial
      More often than not, the punishment phase of a trial is treated like the "stepchild". It is something that takes a back seat to the "guilt/innocence" phase of the trial. However, with the attitude of today's appellate courts, specifically the ...

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    • Improving Negotiation Skills: Rules for Master Negotiators
      "A negotiation is an interactive communication process that may take place whenever we want something from someone else or another person wants something from us."1 "Take it or leave it!" "This proposal is non-negotiable." "Don't ask me to go back ...

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    • Attorney's Fees
      This chapter explains various types of attorney fees, and how those fees are often determined. Some helpful tips to the consumer on how to keep their legal costs down are also included.An attorney bases fees on such factors as the degree of ...

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    • Domestic Relations Exception Bars Diversity Action for Child Support
      In the course of Plaintiff's state court divorce proceedings, Defendant had been revealed as biological father of Plaintiff's two children. Plaintiff thereafter sued the Defendant in this diversity action under the Michigan Paternity Act, M.S.A ...

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    • Massachusetts Evidentiary Privileges
      This book describes in detail the Massachusetts law of evidentiary privileges, as well as related disqualifications and protections. It also sketches out the federal law of evidentiary privileges, with emphasis on cases from the First Circuit Court ...

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    • What Is Your Wrongful Death Case Worth?
      The valuing of a wrongful death case can be an extremely difficult matter. As in other areas, the law provides easily understood rules for determining those damages. The actual implementation of those rules in practice, however, can be difficult and ...

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    • Create A Homestead for Your Homestead
      A person's home is his or her castle, subject of course to real estate taxes, assessments, mortgages, and creditors threatening to attach the home to satisfy a money judgment. Filing a simple form with the Registry of Deeds won't help protect your ...

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    • When You And Your Partner Or Spouse Part Company, What Happens To Your Horses And Horse Property?
      Any time you involve someone else in your property, you should put into writing what will happen to that property if you part company with that person or persons. The best time to put it into writing is before the other person acquires an interest ...

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    • Alternative Dispute Resolution Q & A
      QUESTION NO. 1 My husband and I are having a boundary line dispute with our neighbors. Our neighbor's attorney has suggested that we go to a mediator. Will the mediator make a decision in this case after listening to all parties?No, a mediator does ...

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    • Dissolution of Marriage
      Husband, wife and attorneys have the absolute obligation to act properly, regardless of the behavior of the other. Do not stoop to the other's level. No matter how weird, the other side can justify his or her action to self. All disagreements ...

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