Pasley and Singer Law Firm, L.L.P.


Serving Story County and Central Iowa since 1906

323 6th St.
Ames, IA 50010-0664
USA
 

Phone: (515) 232-4732
 

CIVIL LITIGATION :: Back to Practice Areas

Q: What is the procedure in business litigation?
Q: Are there alternatives to a lawsuit?
Q: Is an arbitration or mediation always binding?
Q: Can I appeal a mediation or arbitration?
Q: What is a class action?
Q: Can a business take part in a class action?
Q: How are legal fees set for a class action?


Q: What is the procedure in business litigation?

A: The exact procedure depends on the issue under litigation. However, business litigation is governed by the same process as other civil litigation. An attorney should be obtained. Legal processes such as motions, trials, and appeals are also the same.


Q: Are there alternatives to a lawsuit?

A: The Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) process is often used in these situations. ADR can involve arbitration or mediation, and is generally cheaper and more efficient than litigation.


Q: How is arbitration different from mediation?

A: Mediation uses a neutral mediator to work with both parties. The mediator facilitates discussion and helps both parties work towards a consensus and a resolution that both sides can accept. In an arbitration, the neutral arbitrator hears both sides of an issue and makes a decision. Generally, the parties in an arbitration are bound to accept the arbitrator’s ruling.


Q: Is an arbitration or mediation always binding?

A: In an arbitration, the answer is usually yes. Often, the parties in an arbitration sign a legally binding agreement to abide by the arbitrator’s decision. If the parties in a mediation are dissatisfied with the result, they can set it aside and proceed to court.


Q: Can I appeal a mediation or arbitration?

A: Mediation is non-binding and the issues in a mediation can therefore be taken to court. This is not an appeal, since mediation and legal proceedings are two different processes. Appeals may occur after an arbitration, if the parties agree in the initial contract to allow one.


Q: What is a class action?

A: In a class action, a large group of plaintiffs is represented by one or two plaintiffs. Generally, a class action proceeds when individual litigation would be inefficient in settling an injury or claim to a large group of people.


Q: Can a business take part in a class action?

A: Yes, if the business has been injured in the same manner as other plaintiffs in the class.


Q: How are legal fees set for a class action?

A: Lawyers are only paid if the plaintiff receives a ruling in their favor. This is called a “contingency fee” arrangement. Class action lawsuits are often extremely expensive to prepare and continue, so a contingency fee arrangement is generally the best fit.

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Pasley and Singer Law Firm, L.L.P., is an Iowa general practice law firm with practice including, but not limited to  Administrative Law, Adoption Law, Agricultural Law, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Banking Law, Business Law (including business organization, partnerships, limited liability companies (LLCs), incorporations, and sales of businesses and business assets), Civil Rights, Commercial Law, Construction Law, Corporate Law, Criminal Defense, Elder Law, Employment Law, Family Law (including divorce, prenuptial agreements, child support, child custody, dissolution modification), Government, Government Contracts, Litigation, Personal Injury (including Motor Vehicle Accidents and Wrongful Death), Product Liability, Professional Negligence Law, Real Estate (including mortgage loan closings, IRC Section 1031 exchanges, subdivisions, platting, condominiums, and cooperative housing), Municipal Law, Taxation Law and Tax Preparation, Wills, Trusts, Estate Planning & Probate Law (including financial and medical powers of attorney, guardianships and conservatorships, trust administration, and estate administration), Workers Compensation, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

The offices of the Pasley and Singer Law Firm, L.L.P., are located in Ames, Iowa. The lawyers and staff of the Pasley and Singer Law Firm, L.L.P., serve clients throughout Iowa, including the cities of Ames, Nevada, Gilbert, Huxley, Slater, Zearing, Story City, Roland, McCallsburg, Colo, Cambridge, Sheldahl, Des Moines, Cedar Rapids, Fort Dodge, Waterloo, Marshalltown, Boone, Webster City, Eldora, Grundy Center, Newton, Adel, Eldora, Ankeny, Johnston, Indianola, Cedar Falls, Jefferson, Marshalltown, Clarion, Knoxville, and the communities that make up Story, Polk, Linn, Webster, Blackhawk, Marshall, Boone, Hamilton, Jasper, Dallas, Hardin, Warren, Greene, Wright, and Marion counties.