Business litigation in Tennessee can be a very complex and contentious issue. As a business owner, you have the right to file a complaint when you feel that your rights are being violated. There is a very specific set of guidelines that you will need to follow in order to do so. This will be the process of litigation.
You will need to file a complaint
The first step of business litigation will be to file your complaint. You will also need to file a summons. This will be to give the defendant notice that they are being sued. The summons will also include a deadline for their response. A date will then be set for the trial to begin.
Both you and the defendant will be given ample time to assemble your discovery. This includes all of the documents and other evidence that you will need to present your case. There are certain types of motions that both parties can file. You may ask for a later date or for the trial to move to another location.
Is there any way to avoid litigation?
There are a number of ways by which both parties to a dispute can attempt to avoid litigation. For example, you can agree to a meeting between yourselves and a professional mediator. This is a person who can sit down with you in order to hear both sides. They may then be able to suggest a compromise that both parties can agree on rather than going to court.
The decision reached by a mediator is not usually binding. It can only be ratified if both parties agree to abide by it. If you are not able to reach an agreement through this method, you may have no choice but to litigate.