Law Offices of  George A. Barton, P.C.

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Law Offices of George A. Barton, P.C.

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At the Law Offices of George A. Barton, P.C., we know that you need to protect your business interests from competitors, vendors, and customers who don't always play by the rules. Attorney George Barton provides years of business litigation experience helping clients stand up for their rights and protecting their business interests. The Law Offices of George A. Barton, P.C., is a nationally recognized business litigation law firm that represents clients nationally. Contact us to schedule a consultation and learn more about the complex litigation cases we have handled that resulted in full and fair settlements and jury awards for our clients. We help business owners and operators fight to protect their business interests.

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Business Litigation Resource Links

Legal Information Institute (LII)
This site provides general information about the judicial process, courtroom procedures and other legal topics.

National Mediation Board
This government site provides public information on the topic of alternative dispute resolution (ADR), particularly focusing on mediation. Although the site is specific to federal law, it is a good general source of ADR information.

Official United States Government Website
This is a good resource for official federal government information. There are links to the federal and state court systems.

Small Business Administration (SBA)
The SBA is the federal agency charged with promoting and protecting small business interests in the U.S. Their Web site is a good source for many business-related questions.

Business Litigation - An Overview

When considering litigation, a business owner should be aware of his or her options. In addition to the courtroom, there are other forums that might be appropriate, depending on the specific needs of the business. Alternative dispute resolution (ADR), described below, may be a desirable alternative to litigation or, if the cause of action is of an eligible size, small-claims court may be another venue for an owner to consider. Class actions may also be utilized by a business in certain circumstances. Additionally, business owners must understand the basic features of class actions, in the event that they are named as defendants.

Contact Law Offices of George A. Barton, P.C. in Kansas City, MO, today to schedule a consultation with an attorney to discuss the legal options that may be available.

Litigation Procedure

There are many steps that a litigant must follow when pursuing a judicial resolution to an issue. The civil litigation process is relatively uniform and is controlled by federal or state court rules. The process itself involves a considerable volume of work, whether or not the case actually goes to trial. The steps that are usually involved in litigation are:

  • Filing of an initial pleading (complaint) and response (answer)
  • Motions (requests that a judge do something, like allow specific evidence)
  • Discovery, including depositions and interrogatories
  • Pretrial conferences to organize how the trial will proceed
  • Trial
  • Judgment
  • Appeals

Small-Claims Court

Business owners should be aware of small-claims court, a more informal court that deals with relatively minor lawsuits concerning everything from nuisance charges to minor money disputes. Small-claims court eligibility varies from jurisdiction to jurisdiction. Generally, it is the first place a litigant will go when there is a business issue involving small monetary damages.

Class Actions

A class action involves one or a couple of representative plaintiffs pursuing litigation on behalf of a larger group of people similarly aggrieved. The cause of action could be about anything from toxic-waste disposal to securities fraud. The fundamental purpose of a class action is to gain efficiency by consolidating many similar cases into one large case.

Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)

Alternative dispute resolution is an alternative to litigation that includes both arbitration and mediation. Arbitration is a process that is less formal than a trial. It is generally less expensive and has fewer formal procedural rules. Mediation is a more informal process than arbitration, and is facilitated by a neutral third party, a trained mediator, who hears both sides of a dispute and then attempts to reach a resolution through mutual compromise. Businesses use both of these methods of conflict resolution to reduce costs, save time and avoid litigation.

Speak to a Business Litigation Lawyer

When a business owner is confronted with an issue that may involve litigation, he or she should be aware of the different forums and alternatives that will best serve the specific needs of his or her company. If you are faced with a dispute involving your business, contact Law Offices of George A. Barton, P.C. in Kansas City, MO, to schedule a consultation with a business attorney.

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Law Offices of George A. Barton, P.C.

7227 Metcalf Avenue
Suite 301
Overland Park, KS 66204
Phone: 816-300-6250
Fax: 816-300-6259
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The Kansas City Law Offices of George A. Barton, P.C., represents business clients and individuals throughout Missouri, including communities such as Kansas City, Independence, Lee's Summit, Overland Park, Liberty, and St. Louis, Missouri. We also represent plaintiffs in class action lawsuits and oil company disputes nationally, including states such as Kansas, Colorado, Arizona, California, Indiana, Kentucky, New York, Idaho, New Mexico, North Carolina, Missouri and Florida.

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