In this article, we explain the Illinois commercial litigation process. Our Illinois commercial litigation lawyers address the following:
Commercial litigation refers to any type of dispute that comes about in a business context. This could include lawsuits against companies, partnerships, or individuals, or brought by companies, partnerships, or individuals. If any type of business entity is involved on either side of a lawsuit, it’s considered a commercial litigation.
With over 1.2 million small businesses, Illinois courts see a wide variety of commercial litigation cases. The most common cases involve breaches of contract, partnership disputes, copyright and licensing infringement, shareholder issues, fraud and misrepresentation, and class actions.
Every instance of commercial litigation is unique and it’s impossible to say exactly what your process will look like. But the following steps should provide a comprehensive outline of a typical commercial litigation process in Illinois.
Concluding a commercial lawsuit is typically a slow process. It’s not uncommon for a year or longer to go by between the filing of a complaint and the first day of trial. Depending on the depth and severity of the initial complaint, a trial can last anywhere between several days and several months. A verdict can also be appealed and lengthen the litigation process even more. The best way to speed up a commercial lawsuit is to settle before going to trial.
Illinois law prohibits a corporation from representing itself without an attorney in a commercial litigation trial. It’s advisable that businesses, no matter the size or nature of their case, work with an experienced Illinois commercial litigation attorney.
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