Understanding Civil Litigation

Civil Litigation Cases in Troy

Almost any legal dispute that does not involve a criminal charge could be classified as a civil issue. Many civil disputes require the filing of a lawsuit, often called “litigation.” Your case may need to go to court.

When you go to civil court, you typically seek compensation for the losses or damages that you have suffered when another party is responsible for causing them. These damages do not necessarily need to be monetary but can include any loss you have experienced due to the liable party’s action or inaction.

Our civil litigation attorneys in Troy are prepared to handle various civil litigation matters and disputes. Here are some of the top types of civil cases we take on:

Business and Contract Disputes

It is not unusual for parties to dispute business contracts, including real estate or construction agreements. Our team can carefully review your contract to determine whether the other involved parties have failed to uphold their obligations.

We can also help you understand the responsibilities outlined in your contract and discuss your legal options when the other party has breached your contract’s terms.

Employment Litigation

Understanding the law and carefully navigating employment issues can be a minefield for legal action. Employees regularly face tough decisions or consequences in their employment. We understand that businesses carry a professional attitude, and we’re ready to listen to your dispute with your employer.

Our civil litigation attorneys help individuals handle all matters related to compliance with employment laws, regulations, and the litigation of workplace disputes. We help individuals avoid mistakes around tough employment decisions. We offer advice to employees as they attempt to manage the business relationship between employers and employees in this complex regulatory environment.

Our civil litigation attorneys regularly handle a variety of employment and discrimination claims involving:

  • Race, gender, age, and disability
  • Religious discrimination and harassment
  • Retaliation
  • Family and Medical Leave Act violations
  • Breach of contract and/or noncompete clauses
  • Misappropriation of trade secret or proprietary company information
  • Intentional interference with contractual and business relationships (tortious interference)

Construction Claims

Our civil litigation attorneys represent Commercial Owners, Developers, Builders, Subcontractors, and Home Owners with construction-related disputes involving both residential and commercial construction.

Construction claims often involve issues with defective construction, design, poor workmanship, construction delays, or oversight. Other types of construction claims include:

  • Breach of Contract
  • Failure to pay or delay of payment
  • Insurance and bonds
  • Change Orders
  • Mechanic’s liens
  • Miller Act Claims on Federal Projects
  • Claims under the Ohio Consumer Sales Practices Act
  • Claims under the Ohio Home Construction Service Supplier’s Act

Civil Rights Litigation

Our civil litigation lawyers at Dungan & LeFevre are here to represent individuals dealing with civil rights violations. These can include:

  • Employment discrimination
  • Police misconduct
  • Corrections officer misconduct
  • Housing discrimination
  • Public accommodation discrimination
  • Municipal liability
  • First Amendment violations related to Free Speech and Religion

Our team is prepared to handle your case, whether violations were made by private parties or at the state or federal level.

Whether you have been accused of committing a civil rights violation or are the victim of a civil rights violation, our firm is prepared to help you get justice.

Environmental Law

Our civil litigation lawyers can represent individuals and companies in a variety of environmental matters.

We assist companies in their efforts to comply with federal, state, and local environmental regulations and law, and we represent them when regulators engage in enforcement, whether in administrative proceedings or in civil or criminal litigation.

We also represent individuals when their person or property has been damaged by chemical releases and exposure to toxic substances. Typical environmental issues include the following:

  • Chemical releases to air, water and soil
  • Handling of solid and hazardous waste
  • Environmental assessments and investigations
  • Environmental insurance
  • Toxic tort suits
  • Real estate/Brownfields transactions
  • Defense of occupational exposure claims
  • Underground storage tanks issues
  • Wastewater treatment
  • Medical and infectious waste

Our civil litigation team also has extensive experience with class-action lawsuits involving toxic torts, medical monitoring, trespass and nuisance related to chemical contamination of environmental media (e.g., soil, water, air, biota).

Bottom line, if you are facing an environmental problem and you need regulatory advice or are going through an environmental law dispute and hope to resolve it promptly, do not hesitate to contact our team for legal support.

Civil Legal Appeals

When you have endured a civil lawsuit, and the judgment was not in your favor, you may be able to appeal the judgment and ask an Appellate Court to reverse the judgment.

Our civil litigation team is prepared to help you with all aspects of your appeal. The appellate court will make a judgment based on the information both parties presented during the trial.

An appeal is not a new trial where additional evidence can be used to support your case. Instead, appellate courts review the evidence submitted during the trial to determine if the jury or judge made the wrong decision in your case.

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How Our Civil Litigation Attorneys in Troy Will Help

Our civil litigation lawyers in Troy at Dungan & LeFevre are here to help you, whether we are defending claims asserted against you or we are bringing the liable party to justice and recovering the compensation you deserve. Our team will work tirelessly for you.

We Communicate & Promptly Discuss Case Status Updates

Going through any civil matter, you will likely have many questions and concerns. Our attorneys will make ourselves available so you can address these issues and avoid the stress that comes with the unknown.

Anytime there are updates to your case, you can rely on us to be in contact promptly so that you can make informed decisions as the case progresses and rest assured that you are in good hands.

We Consider All Your Legal Options

Civil issues can affect your life. You need to consider which legal options are available to maintain control. Although civil litigation may be necessary to get justice, our team will advise accordingly if we believe we can obtain a favorable outcome by going through mediation, negotiation, or another type of alternative dispute resolution.

These options may give you the desired resolution without a drawn-out court process.

We Handle Every Detail of Your Civil Litigation Case

Civil litigation often includes complex legal jargon and obscure laws or regulations. After everything you’ve experienced, you should not have to worry about these details. Instead, your civil litigator will handle the legal facts of your case, including:

  • Conducting depositions
  • Interviewing witnesses
  • Drafting motions
  • Drafting formal complaints
  • Addressing complaints made against you
  • Engaging in settlement negotiations
  • Representing you at trial
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Civil Litigation FAQs

How Long Do You Have to File Your Lawsuit?

The amount of time you have to file your civil claim, or to respond to a civil made filed against you, will vary widely depending on the legal issue and the court involved. Sometimes, you may have as few as 30 days to file an insurance claim. Other times, you could have several years to file a lawsuit before your opportunity expires.

However, you should not wait to get started on your case. The evidence we need to win your case may be time sensitive. The sooner we confer with you and obtain the relevant evidence, the stronger your lawsuit may be.

How Much Can I Be Awarded in Civil Litigation?

Generally, when your case goes to civil court, you have the right to be repaid for all the damages you experienced due to the other party’s unlawful conduct.

This includes compensation not only for your out-of-pocket or monetary losses but also how your life was affected. Your attorney will detail your losses to ensure we are seeking the maximum amount of recovery in your claim.

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