In this article, we discuss accelerated lawsuit options in Iowa and answer the following questions:
No one wants to find themself in a lawsuit, but should the situation arise, and the case is in Iowa, there are options that can shorten the duration of the legal proceedings and possibly save those involved some money.
What is Iowa’s Business Speciality Court?
As part of the effort to make Iowa’s justice system the best in the nation, the state began a pilot program in 2013 that created the Iowa Business Specialty Court. The business court was created to handle only complex business litigation with the aim of speeding up lengthy litigation processes and lowering costs for litigants and the court system. By creating a court that only handles business matters the judges and the parties involved in the cases can benefit from focused expertise in this field, and the Iowa court system can test new technology and fresh practice procedures that, if useful, can be applied to the rest of the Iowa court system.
In order to take advantage of the Iowa Business Specialty Court, parties must apply to transfer their case via two options:
There is no time limit if all parties consent to transfer the case, but if filing a motion to transfer it must be done within 120 days of filing the petition.
What is Iowa’s Fast Track Option For Civil Lawsuits?
Started in 2015, Iowa implemented a fast track option for civil cases with less than $75,000 in damages. Either party can choose or apply for the fast track option. This option will see the case go to trial within a year of its filing with a greatly reduced discovery process, and a limitation of two days for the trial.
What Type of Case Is Eligible For Acceleration?
For the Business Specialty Court, cases must involve claims that have more than $200,000 in total compensatory damages and be seeking injunctive or declarative relief. The case must also fall under one of the following categories:
Iowa’s fast track litigation process mainly requires the case to involve less than $75,000 in damages.
What Are The Benefits and Drawbacks of An Accelerated Lawsuit Option?
The benefits of an accelerated lawsuit are pretty clear:
Any drawback to the Business Speciality Court of fast track litigation process would be had by a party seeking to extend the litigation process, run-up unnecessary costs, or delay the final ruling. All of these drawbacks only serve to encumber the court system in Iowa. If you have any questions about accelerating your claim in Iowa give us a call at 630-324-6666.
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