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An appeal is an option after litigating a business dispute

A lawsuit is an opportunity for an aggrieved party to express the person's protests before a neutral judge or jury. New Jersey business owners often use litigation to resolve the differences they encounter while running their entities. One of the advantages of using litigation to resolve a business problem is that it provides a judgment that is enforceable against the party at fault.

One of the downsides of litigation is that there is no guarantee that a judge or jury will rule in favor of the plaintiff business. In fact, situations do arise where a court will claim that a plaintiff failed to make the party's case or that a defending party had a suitable defense to the claims made by the plaintiff. When a defendant's case beats that of the complaining party, the party initiating the lawsuit can lose the case.

Losing at the trial phase of business litigation can be difficult for a party, especially for one that felt that it had been wronged by the party it had sued. However, individuals who do not achieve positive judgments at trial do have options for pursuing their claims. The judicial system permits parties to appeal their judgments by moving their cases up to higher courts.

Generally, an appeals court will not completely rehear a business dispute. Rather, it will review the part of the decision that the appealing party believes was made in error. If it agrees with the appealing party, it will return the matter to the lower court for review. If it agrees with the decision of the trial court, it will confirm that decision.

There is a third level of review that a party can pursue through the appeals process, which is the highest court of the state or the federal government system. Though the appeals process can take time, it can be a good way to ensure that a business litigation matter is thoroughly reviewed. Because the outcome of a particular litigation matter can never be predicted with certainty, the appeals process exists in order to make sure that trial courts get the answers to important business disputes matters right.

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