When done well, business activities can be super rewarding for all parties involved. However, in some instances, certain issues or activities such as contract breaches or employer-employee disagreements can spell trouble for your company. Business lawsuits or commercial litigation can often bring a dark cloud and worry over your business.
Such lawsuits can tarnish your brand name or drag the company through financial stress. On the flip side, good legal planning and efforts can uplift the business from lawsuits, coming out stronger and more reliable. The foundation of the legal efforts starts with your preparations, which we talk about below.
In the event of a lawsuit, call your corporate lawyer immediately and liaise with them on the way forward. The next steps could be different depending on the lawsuit, but you will most likely have to collect and prepare some evidence. Evidence documents all information to help you fight the claims against you and free your business.
The evidence should relate to the lawsuit filed, and your attorney will help you keep what is important. Remember, the evidence ought to be factual, as concocting evidence can land you in more trouble.
Consider making copies or taking pictures to preserve the evidence. Take note of your version of events leading up to the lawsuit cause, as this will also be valuable to the court.
Evidence presented by you or against you is not the only point of reference for the courts. Any communication with the other party suing your business can also be used as evidence regarding the case. The chance for communication and resolving the issue between the two parties sailed away when the plaintiff sort after a lawsuit.
If there is a dire need for communication, contact your attorney first. You can communicate through attorneys and when information shared doesn’t involve the lawsuit.
After a lawsuit is filed against your business, you want to refrain from actions that may indicate you are guilty. Closing your business is one of those deeds, so keep the operations alive as normal people do. Not only does it pull your business efforts back, but it makes it seem you have something to hide.
When filed with commercial litigation, the court gives you a certain period until you respond to the lawsuit. Investigate any claims even if you have evidence; that way, you know more about the claim and better ways to defend yourself. The investigation also lets you know whether insurance may cover the lawsuit claim.
After investigation, send your response which admits or denies the claims. In addition, your response may also have your defense against the claims. Before sending, a response knows any liabilities caused by the lawsuit and has a defense plan.