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Every business dispute, however minor it may seem at the time, has the potential to become a troublesome, and expensive, lawsuit. In today's business environment, your best course of action is to have a tough commercial litigation attorney on your side.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Commercial Litigation

Q: How long will the lawsuit take?

A: It varies. The length of time a lawsuit takes depends on a number of factors, such as the complexity of the case, the number of parties involved, the willingness of the parties to resolve the case and the court's schedule. A relatively simple suit, not involving any complex legal or factual issues, could be over in a few months, while a complicated, multi-party suit could take years to resolve.

Q: Who will hear the case?

A: Most commercial lawsuits will be heard by a jury. If the parties agree, a jury may be waived, and the case heard by the judge. The decision of whether to have the case heard by a jury or a judge is a tactical one and depends on the facts and circumstances of each case.

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Commercial Litigation - An Overview

Commercial transactions and business relationships often go bad and turn into disputes, resulting in costly litigation. Unable to resolve the dispute through negotiations or discussions between the parties, one party may find that litigation is the only way to end the matter. Unfortunately, litigation is often a fact of modern business life. When you are faced with commercial litigation issues, you need the assistance of an experienced commercial litigation attorney at Sanders & Parks, P.C. in Phoenix, AZ.

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The Mechanics of Commercial Litigation

Litigation can be worrisome for any businessperson. The stakes may be high, and the future of your business may be uncertain. Much of the worry is caused by the unfamiliarity of the process. Most people have little or no knowledge of how litigation works, unless they have been through it.

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Deciding Whether to Sue

Some business disputes end up in litigation, but many others do not go to court. The decision of whether to bring a lawsuit in a particular case is both a legal and a business decision.

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Alternative Dispute Resolution

Commercial litigation can be very costly, not only in terms of the money that may be expended, but also the time and energy involved. Consequently, many attorneys and businesspeople have looked for different ways of resolving disputes. An experienced commercial litigation attorney can help you determine if one of these alternative dispute resolution (ADR) methods is right for your case. In some cases, courts have ordered parties to participate in some form of alternative dispute resolution.

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Types of Commercial Disputes

Commercial litigation is an umbrella term that covers a number of distinct business-related issues and disputes. This article provides general information on a number of common commercial litigation situations. Being involved in any sort of commercial dispute can have a negative impact on your business and on your individual livelihood.

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Commercial Litigation Resource Links

Federal Courts
Links to explanations of the structure and powers of the federal courts.

Commercial Law: An Overview
Review of various commercial law topics, sponsored by Cornell University Law School.

American Arbitration Association
Information about alternate dispute resolution, including arbitration and mediation.

Federal Trade Commission
G overnment website relating to fraud and antitrust law.

Uniform Commercial Code
Text of Articles 1 through 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code (UCC), sponsored by Cornell University Law School.

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