What is the procedure in business litigation?
Are there alternatives to a lawsuit?
How is arbitration different from mediation?
Is an arbitration or mediation always binding?
Can I appeal a mediation or arbitration?
“What is the procedure in business litigation?”
The exact procedure depends on the issue under litigation. However, business litigation is governed by the same process as other civil litigation. An attorney should be obtained. Legal processes such as motions, trials, and appeals are also the same.
“Are there alternatives to a lawsuit?”
The Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) process is often used in these situations. ADR can involve arbitration or mediation, and is generally cheaper and more efficient than litigation.
“How is arbitration different from mediation?”
Mediation uses a neutral mediator to work with both parties. The mediator facilitates discussion and helps both parties work towards a consensus and a resolution that both sides can accept. In an arbitration, the neutral arbitrator hears both sides of an issue and makes a decision. Generally, the parties in an arbitration are bound to accept the arbitrator’s ruling.
“Is an arbitration or mediation always binding?”
In an arbitration, the answer is usually yes. Often, the parties in an arbitration sign a legally binding agreement to abide by the arbitrator’s decision. If the parties in a mediation are dissatisfied with the result, they can set it aside and proceed to court.
“Can I appeal a mediation or arbitration?”
Mediation is non-binding and the issues in a mediation can therefore be taken to court. This is not an appeal, since mediation and legal proceedings are two different processes. Appeals may occur after an arbitration, if the parties agree in the initial contract to allow one.