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Is litigation the only solution during a business dispute?

On Behalf of | Oct 6, 2022 | Business Litigation

Perhaps a vendor delivered production materials that are far below the agreed-upon standard in your contract. Maybe the company you hired to remodel your offices never finished the project. There are many reasons why you may have a significant dispute with another company. 

Especially when the other party does not voluntarily address their failings, it can sometimes seem like litigation is the only possible solution. After all, you either need them to follow through with their obligations to you or to reimburse you for whatever payments you have already made. 

If they are unresponsive when you try to resolve the matter amicably, you may feel like you have few options. Do you have to go to court to resolve disagreements with another company? 

You can resolve many disputes outside of court

Even if you currently feel like it is impossible for you to reach an agreement with the other party, a compromise could be possible with professional help. Both mediation and arbitration are viable conflict resolution options that will connect you and the other party with a neutral professional. That professional can help you resolve your disagreement and settle the issue in a way that is acceptable for both parties. 

If you suggest mediation or arbitration, the other party may ignore you, as they have so far ignored your request to resolve the matter. The other party to communicate with you, initiating a lawsuit may be a necessary step. However, it may be possible for you to settle matters before your day in court using alternative dispute resolution systems. You can potentially dismiss the lawsuits after you settle the matter outside of court. 

Moving forward with a lawsuit may sometimes be necessary even for those who hope to settle their disputes in arbitration or mediation.