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Civil Litigation

This is FindLaw's collection of Civil Litigation articles, part of the Litigation and Disputes section of the Corporate Counsel Center.

What Is Civil Litigation?

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. Rather than a case being a person versus the government, as in a criminal matter, civil cases are an individual or business filing suit against another individual or business. 

Civil Litigation Articles

  • Understanding the Legal Fee Agreement: Consumers' Rights in the Legal Marketplace

    Finding the "right lawyer" to represent you is a challenging process describe in the companion to this article, How to Hire the "Right Lawyer": Consumers' Rights in the Legal Marketplace. Once you have found the"right lawyer," you will want a ...

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  • Police Misconduct and Civil Rights Law

    Claims of police misconduct brought against law enforcement officials must be analyzed from both a factual and legal perspective. This analysis will necessarily involve a three-step process. First, the counsel for the defendant must identify and ...

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  • Delete At Your Peril: Preserving Electronic Evidence During The Litigation Process

    In the post-Enron age of business, you would probably never dream of shredding documents that might be relevant to a threatened or pending lawsuit. But what safeguards does your business have in place to prevent the destruction or concealment of electronic evidence?

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  • 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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