A lawsuit is an action to obtain legal relief from a person or entity (called a defendant) that has violated your rights. A plaintiff files a complaint in which she describes the facts of her case, alleges that the defendant is responsible for her injuries, and asks for money damages or other forms of relief.
Drafting a Complaint: * Complies with federal, state, and local rules; * is well-written and concise;* sets forth the facts sufficient to support your claim(s) and request(s) for damages;* properly pleads meritorious causes of action that will survive a motion to dismiss; and* requests appropriate types of damages (e.g., compensatory, punitive, or treble), depending on the claims you are asserting.
When there are many people who have been injured by a single product or business act, it may be more cost-effective to bring a group of similar cases against all the defendants together as a class. This often happens with products, such as pharmaceutical drugs, that harm a large number of people.
Frequently, this happens with consumer cases that are against businesses or other organizations that are fraudulent, illegal, or harmful to consumers.
A lawsuit typically proceeds through distinct steps: pleadings, discovery, trial, and possibly an appeal. At any time during the process, parties can agree to settle their differences and avoid going through a trial.
The drafting of a complaint is one of the most important steps in the litigation process. Having a well-drafted complaint will make it more likely that you will prevail in your case and will reduce the likelihood that you will have to spend substantial money and time in court.