In the eyes of the law, a business is considered a person and therefore, can be sued by other corporate and private entities. In West Palm Beach, a business owner can be well-prepared for possible litigation by developing a general understanding of what a lawsuit is and how it proceeds through the courts. This post is offered to help readers understand the business lawsuit process, but is not legal advice.
A lawsuit against a business begins when a person or other entity files a complaint alleging that the business breached some duty and caused harm. The business must receive notice of the complaint, and generally, that notice will be directed to a director or other ranking employee of the entity.
Once the complaint is filed and the business has sufficient time to consider it, the business is required to file its response. The business may set forth its own statement of the facts and offer defenses or other explanations that refute the claims. If the business does not file its own response, then a judgment may be entered against it.
After the parties receive each other's filings, they may seek more information from each other in discovery. During the discovery process, the parties may choose to settle their case. If the matter does not settle, the parties may go to court to have a judge decide the outcome.
A business lawsuit can be a difficult obstacle. However, attorneys who provide business litigation support can be of great help to business owners who want to fight for their businesses continued success.