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What business people need to know about litigation

An overview for in-house lawyers’ business colleagues

From the business person’s perspective, litigation can seem like a confusing, time-consuming and (unnecessarily) costly drain on the bottom line. Getting an insider’s view of litigation’s key elements not only puts the costs and value of litigation in context, but it also reveals how to use litigation as a tool to meet—and even reach—goals tied to that bottom line.

 

Even if you did everything right, you may not be able to win the case immediately—or at all.

Some of the lawsuits filed against your company have no real merit and will allege facts that are not accurate. While this is understandably frustrating, unfortunately, if there are factual disputes, it will be hard to win outright early on. A court will only grant a motion to dismiss if there are no facts under which the plaintiff could state a claim for relief. It is a high bar.

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Dawn Bauder

Dawn M. Bauder has been in-house at Best Buy since 2008 and is responsible for handling a portfolio of complex commercial litigation matters. Prior to...

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Anne Lockner

Anne M. Lockner is a partner in Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi L.L.P.’s business litigation group. She has handled cases involving complex financial, technology, accounting,...

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