The details surrounding what is public information and what is private information during a civil litigation proceeding are not always clear. Some individuals may be afraid about what to divulge during their case, and other parties may use misinformation as intimidation.
Unpaid sums are common causes for disputes among individuals and businesses. One way to recover debts is by pursuing the case in court. Suppose a creditor, the plaintiff, successfully pursues an action for a sum of money owed to the plaintiff by a debtor, the defendant.
For civil litigation cases, it’s important to act quickly as you may not be allowed to bring a case to court years after the event occurred. There are specific guidelines set out through provincial legislation regarding time limits for specific matters.
Last week, we outlined the general timeline of a civil litigation case. The last stage was bringing the case to trial. Below, we’ll address how the trial procedure works, and what clients can expect during each part of the process.
When people are faced with a legal dispute, they may not know what steps they should take to achieve a resolution. The legal system may seem intimidating to those who don’t normally interact with the law on the daily basis.
Business disputes can often end in the courtroom, but a recent story shows these conflicts don't always just involve private enterprises. Two airlines in Alberta have recently filed a lawsuit against Alberta Health Services, alleging that they picked the airline for air ambulance operators in an unfair way. The civil litigation will center on the Request For Proposals (RFP) and decision-making processes that Alberta Health Services (AHS) underwent to choose an airline.
Disputes can arise in many different businesses, but the many layers of leadership can make franchises a particular challenge. Tim Hortons franchisees in Alberta and throughout Canada have sent a letter to the franchise's parent company, Restaurant Brands International, regarding a computer virus which they claim caused significant losses. They say they will pursue civil litigation against the parent company should the company not meet to negotiate a resolution to the problem.
What are some key points to know going in to civil court? This is a great question to ask if you have never been involved in civil litigation. By striving to educate yourself about the process, you stand a better chance of making a good case for yourself in court. Seeking knowledge will also help you be prepared for whatever might happen during your case.
Allegations of fraud involving businesses in the Calgary area can be detrimental to success whether the case is criminal or civil. Even if you have committed no fraud, your business is still at risk. Word of mouth about companies and businesses spreads quickly, especially across the Internet. If one person makes a comment online that your company was involved in fraudulent activities, you can be sure this rumour will spread like wildfire.
The gulf between libel and slander was not always as wide as it is today. Libel was originally thought of as just one type of slander that could be committed. While that's still somewhat true today, there is a definite division in the courts.