Commercial Litigation

Understanding Commercial Litigation

Disputes are an inevitable consequence of doing business in today’s hyper-competitive world. Fortunately, there are a range of legal tools available to protect and advance the rights and interests of your business should you find yourself in such a dispute. These legal tools operate along a spectrum. In some cases, you may be able to negotiate a resolution or settlement of your dispute without even resorting to commercial litigation. Failing a negotiated resolution or settlement, the parties may choose to pursue (and in some cases are required to pursue) Alternative Dispute Resolution. Alternative Dispute Resolution generally involves appearing before a neutral Mediator or Arbitrator, who will work with the parties to resolve their dispute. Where those remedies are unsuccessful, you may be required to proceed to litigation before the courts. In Ontario, litigation typically begins before the Superior Court of Justice or the Small Claims Court depending on the monetary value of the claim being litigated. In either case, the courts have significant powers available to resolve the disputes that are heard before them.

The types of issues that may be litigated under this category are broad and diverse, but examples include the following:

  • Breach of contract
  • Civil fraud or negligent misrepresentation
  • Business torts
  • Partnership or Shareholder disputes
  • Directors’ and Officers’ liability
  • Commercial lease disputes
  • Franchise litigation
  • Construction disputes
  • Professional negligence

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Please contact Andrew, a commercial litigation lawyer, to schedule a consultation if you have a commercial litigation issue that requires resolution.

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