How To Win A Lawsuit

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How To Win A Lawsuit

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  2. 2. We are a boutique law firm that represents business owners, investors, employees, corporations, lenders and other business entities in simple and complex litigation. We work in both the California State and Federal courts. 3920 Birch Street Suite 102 . Newport Beach . CA . 92660 . tel: 949-975-0544 . fax: 949-975-0547 . www.towlaw.com HOW TO WIN A LAWSUIT
  3. 3. 3920 Birch Street Suite 102 . Newport Beach . CA . 92660 . tel: 949-975-0544 . fax: 949-975-0547 . www.towlaw.com We advise clients and perspective clients on legal strategies and operation strategies to prevent litigation, and solve legal problems, thus empowering our clients.
  4. 4. 3920 Birch Street Suite 102 . Newport Beach . CA . 92660 . tel: 949-975-0544 . fax: 949-975-0547 . www.towlaw.com We help people just like you who get into legal disputes, such as… * Federal Court Lawsuits * State Court Lawsuits * Arbitration Demand * Mediation Demand * Claim With An Administrative Agency (such as the EEOC or IRS)
  5. 5. 3920 Birch Street Suite 102 . Newport Beach . CA . 92660 . tel: 949-975-0544 . fax: 949-975-0547 . www.towlaw.com THIS IS YOU. YOU JUST FOUND OUT THAT YOU ARE BEING SUED!
  6. 6. 3920 Birch Street Suite 102 . Newport Beach . CA . 92660 . tel: 949-975-0544 . fax: 949-975-0547 . www.towlaw.com I know you’re being sued, but don’t do this: <ul><li>Don’t be emotionally upset. </li></ul><ul><li>Screaming does no good. </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t be frozen by the news. </li></ul><ul><li>Do not fall into a nasty habit to make yourself feel better. </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t think it’s the end of the world. </li></ul>
  7. 7. 3920 Birch Street Suite 102 . Newport Beach . CA . 92660 . tel: 949-975-0544 . fax: 949-975-0547 . www.towlaw.com PLAY IT COOL… You need to be like Cool Hand Luke. While things are spinning around you, you need to stay focused and do the following: <ul><li>BEFORE ACTING OUT ON YOUR ANGER, THINK OF HOW YOUR ACTIONS WOULD BE PERCIEVED BY THE AUDIENCE OF THE 11 O’CLOCK NEWS BECAUSE THOSE VIEWERS ARE YOUR POTENTIAL JURORS. </li></ul><ul><li>NEVER CALL THE OTHER PARTY AND SCREAM. </li></ul><ul><li>BE NICE BECAUSE NICE GETS YOU PLACES. </li></ul>
  8. 8. 3920 Birch Street Suite 102 . Newport Beach . CA . 92660 . tel: 949-975-0544 . fax: 949-975-0547 . www.towlaw.com <ul><li>Winning a LAWSUIT involves a dance between the </li></ul><ul><li>Plaintiff’s attorney and the Defendant’s attorney concerning: </li></ul><ul><li>The procedures used by each party in their case </li></ul><ul><li>Stating the facts more thoroughly. </li></ul><ul><li>Stating the law more clearly. </li></ul><ul><li>4. Convincing the judge or arbitrator to take their side. </li></ul>Now you are ready to get started!!!
  9. 9. 3920 Birch Street Suite 102 . Newport Beach . CA . 92660 . tel: 949-975-0544 . fax: 949-975-0547 . www.towlaw.com Learn About Your Type of Lawsuit Get Your Materials Together
  10. 10. 3920 Birch Street Suite 102 . Newport Beach . CA . 92660 . tel: 949-975-0544 . fax: 949-975-0547 . www.towlaw.com Getting Organized What is the plaintiff seeking in their claim? <ul><li>A lawsuit is a civil action brought by a plaintiff seeking civil remedies which include: </li></ul><ul><li>Impose an injunction </li></ul><ul><li>Obtain a declaration to prevent future legal action </li></ul><ul><li>Collect money </li></ul><ul><li>Collect punitive damages </li></ul><ul><li>Collect interest </li></ul>
  11. 11. 3920 Birch Street Suite 102 . Newport Beach . CA . 92660 . tel: 949-975-0544 . fax: 949-975-0547 . www.towlaw.com Getting Organized In order to win a lawsuit all of the facts and documents must be assembled quickly. These are the following items needed: <ul><li>Who are the witnesses for both sides? </li></ul><ul><li>Who committed the wrong or made the mistake? </li></ul><ul><li>What documents do you have concerning the dispute? </li></ul>Using this information put together a detailed chronological and narrative statement of the facts. Then put together a flow chart of what took place.
  12. 12. 3920 Birch Street Suite 102 . Newport Beach . CA . 92660 . tel: 949-975-0544 . fax: 949-975-0547 . www.towlaw.com Now that you have your essential information organized, it is time to learn more about your lawsuit. ARE YOU CAUGHT IN: Arbitration, Mediation, OR Litigation?
  13. 13. 3920 Birch Street Suite 102 . Newport Beach . CA . 92660 . tel: 949-975-0544 . fax: 949-975-0547 . www.towlaw.com Learn About Your Type of Lawsuit 2 TYPES OF ARBITRATION: MANDATORY NONMANDATORY Arbitration is a legal technique for the resolution of disputes outside the courts. If mandatory, the final decision is made by the arbitrator by whose decision both parties agree to be bound.
  14. 14. 3920 Birch Street Suite 102 . Newport Beach . CA . 92660 . tel: 949-975-0544 . fax: 949-975-0547 . www.towlaw.com Learn About Your Type of Lawsuit Mediation, is a form of dispute resolution that aims to assist two or more disputants in reaching an agreement. Mediators use appropriate techniques and/or skills to open and/or improve dialogue between disputants, aiming to help the parties reach an agreement on the disputed matter. Normally, all parties must view the mediator as impartial.
  15. 15. 3920 Birch Street Suite 102 . Newport Beach . CA . 92660 . tel: 949-975-0544 . fax: 949-975-0547 . www.towlaw.com Learn About Your Type of Lawsuit Litigation is when a lawsuit is brought before a court and the party commencing the action, the plaintiff, seeks a legal remedy. If the plaintiff is successful, judgment will be given in the plaintiff's favor, and a range of court orders may be issued to enforce a right, impose a penalty, award damages, impose an injunction to prevent an act or compel an act, or to obtain a declaratory judgment to prevent future legal disputes.
  16. 16. 3920 Birch Street Suite 102 . Newport Beach . CA . 92660 . tel: 949-975-0544 . fax: 949-975-0547 . www.towlaw.com THE LAWSUIT PROCESS There are many steps to a lawsuit, therefore there are many places to trip up the other party and gain the advantage. THE FOLLOWING PAGES COVER THE PROCESS OF A LAWSUIT AND HOW TO GET AHEAD…
  17. 17. 3920 Birch Street Suite 102 . Newport Beach . CA . 92660 . tel: 949-975-0544 . fax: 949-975-0547 . www.towlaw.com
  18. 18. 3920 Birch Street Suite 102 . Newport Beach . CA . 92660 . tel: 949-975-0544 . fax: 949-975-0547 . www.towlaw.com Techniques to win ANY type of lawsuit: <ul><li>PROCEDURE: Make sure you made no procedural mistakes. </li></ul><ul><li>FACTS: You may be able to convince all parties that the facts are on your side. </li></ul><ul><li>SUBSTANTIVE LAW: You may find statutory authority, state laws and codes that support your position. </li></ul>
  19. 19. 3920 Birch Street Suite 102 . Newport Beach . CA . 92660 . tel: 949-975-0544 . fax: 949-975-0547 . www.towlaw.com PLEADINGS A lawsuit begins with a filing of a complaint or statement of claim with the court. The clerk of the court then issues a summons or serves process upon the defendants. As the defendant you must respond by: <ul><li>Demurer </li></ul><ul><li>Motion to Strike </li></ul><ul><li>An Answer </li></ul><ul><li>A Motion to Dismiss </li></ul><ul><li>A Cross Complaint / Counter Claim </li></ul>A LAWSUIT CAN BE WON IN THIS PHASE!!
  20. 20. 3920 Birch Street Suite 102 . Newport Beach . CA . 92660 . tel: 949-975-0544 . fax: 949-975-0547 . www.towlaw.com JUDICIAL MANAGEMENT CONFERENCES During the Judicial Management Conferences the judge will hear from each party, their council, and set dates and decide on: <ul><li>Dates for Discovery to be completed. </li></ul><ul><li>Mandatory Settlement Conference where clients must be present. </li></ul><ul><li>Dates for exchange of expert witnesses. </li></ul><ul><li>Resolution of Discovery disputes. </li></ul><ul><li>Case summary by the attorneys. </li></ul><ul><li>Date of the next conference. </li></ul><ul><li>Trial date. </li></ul>
  21. 21. 3920 Birch Street Suite 102 . Newport Beach . CA . 92660 . tel: 949-975-0544 . fax: 949-975-0547 . www.towlaw.com BURDEN OF PROOF Burden of proof is convincing the judge or jury that your version of the facts is the truthful and correct version. In a civil case you have to convince the judge or jury by a “preponderance of the evidence,&quot; which is 51% or more than likely that your version of the facts is true.
  22. 22. 3920 Birch Street Suite 102 . Newport Beach . CA . 92660 . tel: 949-975-0544 . fax: 949-975-0547 . www.towlaw.com DISCOVERY A lawsuit can be won in the Discovery phase by the party not providing proper documents, thus giving the other side the advantage. Discovery is also the time to question your opponent’s version of the facts. The defendant can do the following things to help them win a case in this phase: <ul><li>Make a motion to compel the Discovery. </li></ul><ul><li>Request sanctions against the plaintiff for not responding. </li></ul><ul><li>Terminal sanctions striking the plaintiff’s pleading because he/she didn’t cooperate. </li></ul><ul><li>Make a Motion in Limine to preclude this evidence from being presented at trial. </li></ul>
  23. 23. 3920 Birch Street Suite 102 . Newport Beach . CA . 92660 . tel: 949-975-0544 . fax: 949-975-0547 . www.towlaw.com TYPES OF DISCOVERY <ul><li>INTEROGATORIES </li></ul><ul><li>REQUEST FOR PRODUCTION OF DOCUMENTS </li></ul><ul><li>REQUEST FOR ADMISSIONS </li></ul><ul><li>DEPOSITIONS </li></ul><ul><li>THIRD PARTY SUBPENAS </li></ul><ul><li>EXPERT TESTIMONY </li></ul>
  24. 24. 3920 Birch Street Suite 102 . Newport Beach . CA . 92660 . tel: 949-975-0544 . fax: 949-975-0547 . www.towlaw.com RESOLUTION OF A CASE WITHOUT TRIAL Win your case before trial in the following ways: <ul><li>DEFAULT JUDGEMENT </li></ul><ul><li>MOTION FOR SUMMARY JUDGEMENT </li></ul><ul><li>MOTION TO DISMISS </li></ul><ul><li>INVOLUNTARY DISMISSAL BY THE COURT </li></ul><ul><li>VOLUNTARY DISMISSAL </li></ul><ul><li>SETTLEMENT </li></ul>
  25. 25. 3920 Birch Street Suite 102 . Newport Beach . CA . 92660 . tel: 949-975-0544 . fax: 949-975-0547 . www.towlaw.com OUT OF THE 100,000+ CASES FILIED IN ORANGE COUNTY EACH YEAR, LESS THAN 5% MAKE IT TO TRIAL. The Process of A Trial There are 2 types of trials: *Judge Trial *Jury Trial Each attorney must come prepared with exhibits to introduce into evidence, copies of Discovery to cross-examine witnesses, legal briefs for the judge, and motions they intend to make during the trial.
  26. 26. 3920 Birch Street Suite 102 . Newport Beach . CA . 92660 . tel: 949-975-0544 . fax: 949-975-0547 . www.towlaw.com TRIAL MOTIONS During the trial each party can make motions for various legal and factual theories, such as: <ul><li>Motion for Directed Verdict </li></ul><ul><li>Motion for Nonsuit </li></ul><ul><li>Motion to Dismiss </li></ul><ul><li>Motion for Summary Judgment </li></ul><ul><li>Motion in Limine </li></ul>
  27. 27. 3920 Birch Street Suite 102 . Newport Beach . CA . 92660 . tel: 949-975-0544 . fax: 949-975-0547 . www.towlaw.com JUDGMENT APPEAL & After a judgment is rendered, the defense, if adverse to the decision, can make motions for various issues, while the plaintiff, if successful, can make motions for other issues such as attorney fees. After a final decision is made, either party may appeal the judgment if they are unhappy with the verdict and the jurisdiction grants their ability to appeal.
  28. 28. 3920 Birch Street Suite 102 . Newport Beach . CA . 92660 . tel: 949-975-0544 . fax: 949-975-0547 . www.towlaw.com IN CONCLUSION, WINNING A LAWSUIT INVOLVES: <ul><li>ORGANIZATION </li></ul><ul><li>EDUCATION </li></ul><ul><li>PRESENTING THE FACTS, LAW AND PROCEDURE IN THE CLEAREST WAY </li></ul><ul><li>KEEPING A GOOD ATTITUDE </li></ul>

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