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Going to court

At Harty Jewell, we approach every litigation case as if it is going to go to trial, but the vast majority of cases in the United States end up settling before trial. We will keep you informed every step of the way and, if you do have to go to trial, you will be well prepared.

Going to court

We always treat every litigation case as though it is going to trial. That way we are well prepared for any eventuality. Whether a case ultimately goes to trial, and whether you have to go to court, however, depends on many factors including the type of case, the number of defendants, the type of defendants, the strength of your case and, ultimately, your desired end state.

For general litigation matters such as auto accidents, consumer litigation, estate litigation, and other general personal injury or property matters, you are generally pursuing only one or two defendants. The parties are often able to come to an acceptable settlement before trial, but this depends in large part on the strength of your case, your expectations for its resolution, and the defendant's litigation strategy and goals.

For product cases, including asbestos and mesothelioma, Camp Lejeune cases, Roundup, Benzene, medical devices, paraquat, and other products liability matters, it is not quite so simple. These cases often involve multiple defendants who each pursue their own litigation strategy. While many of these defendants are open to negotiation and settlement, some defendants are not. Accordingly, the odds of having to go to court against at least one of the defendants in a product case is higher.

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