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What Is a civil lawsuit?

A:  There are two basic types of law — criminal and civil. Criminal law deals with wrongs against society as a whole, while civil law deals with wrongs against a person or his property. A civil lawsuit mainly deals with wrongdoings that are not criminal in nature. Some of the more common issues addressed include personal injury, negligence, family disputes, and small claims lawsuits. Cases of personal injury, such as those that result from an automobile accident, may result in a civil lawsuit. Other suits may arise from allegations of negligence, if a person has a responsibility to maintain their property so that...

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Will a civil lawsuit be on a criminal record?

A:  Who is "he" that you are speaking of? No, civil lawsuits are not a part of your criminal record. The man in charge of security at the mall, like he wasn''t the actual officer but he filled out the paperwork when we went into a back room. And hopefully it doesn''t...but thank you My guess is that he will not even file civil charges for $20. The court costs and time are worth far more than that. Take it as a hard lesson and avoid this sort of thing in the future. Is this in Canada perhaps?...

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What are the benefits of filing a civil lawsuit?

A:  There could be several. The major reason people file civil lawsuits is of course to seek monetary compensation for some injury they have suffered. The injury could be a personal injury, or injury to property. People also commence civil lawsuits to enforce the contracts they enter into. In certain situations you can also request an injunction in a civil lawsuit. An injunction is a court order preventing someone from doing something. The benefits of a civil lawsuit really depends on each individual case and the nature of the claim that one has. Thomas...

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What is a civil lawsuit?

A:  civil lawsuit: A civil action brought in court of law in which a plaintiff seeks a legal remedy, such as damages. civil law is a body of law that determines private rights and liabilities, as distinguished from criminal law....

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Is a car accident injury claim the same as a civil lawsuit?

A:  There is a difference between a civil suit and a car accident injury claim in many cases. A car accident injury claim can be made directly to the insurance company and the insurance company can determine how much is appropriate to pay you and offer you a settlement. A civil suit on the other hand, involves filing papers wit the court and then having to prove your case. The judge or jury would decide damages in a civil lawsuit, unless the insurance company offered you a settlement that you accepted. In order to understand the difference, and to ensure that you get the recovery you need, you should consider speaking to a car accident attorney who can help explain your rights and help you file...

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What Are civil lawsuits?

A:  A civil lawsuit is the means by which an individual (victim) can seek monetary damages from another (offender). A ''preponderance of the evidence'' is the standard of proof....

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I’m Trying to Represent Myself in civil lawsuit, But I’m having Trouble Finding the Forms, What Should I do?

A:  “I am getting ready to file a civil lawsuit against another person. I have been trying to find the proper forms- I have tried the court house- legal forms on line etc. Evidently the forms and wording is very important and I want to do everything correctly-any help out there. I live in Portland Oregon.” Despite the fact that it is possible to represent yourself in court, it is rarely advisable, and your question highlights one of the reasons why. Not only are the “forms and wording very important” – but they are vital to the successful prosecution of a lawsuit. It’s no exaggeration to say that the very act of accidentally or erroneously omitting a word or phrase, or failing to...

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Can I file a civil lawsuit for this?

A:  Ditto to the first answer. You have a case... take him to Small Claims Court. You might have a case... make sure you keep a copy of the ad for evidence (e.g. print it) and get a mechanic to verify that the engine has a problem. You might also need an expert opinion on how much the jet ski is worth in that condition vs what you should get for $700. You should be able to sue to get your money back as it sounds like he has misrepresented the condition of the jet ski. On the other hand, if the problem is obvious from looking at it, you might not have a case because you should have properly inspected the jet ski before paying. First, no one goes to court over ''the principle of the thing.'' It''s gotta be about the money and the money must be sufficient to justify the time and expense and...

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CA limited civil lawsuit on credit card debt filled by debt collectors april 2010. SOL on debt is august 2010. not served; found it browsing civil law court cases. does filing the case before August invalidate the SOL? next step advice?

A:  The SOL is, unfortunately, based on the filing date. But there may well be other defenses to your lawsuit (probably it is from a junk debt buyer). Please be sure your situation is looked at by an attorney (I would be happy to review your lawsuit without charge). I''m not sure what you mean by ''not served.'' How did you find out about the lawsuit, and what is the present status?...

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on a civil lawsuit what happens if 15 day time period expired without response but was filed 18 days.

A:  Dear LawGuru Friend, First of all, I assume you are referring to Louisiana and to a suit filed in a Louisiana State District Court. Assuming no defensive pleading is filed by the defendant within fifteen days from the date of service of process on him or her, then the plaintiff has the right to move for a ''prelimininary default judgment''; and assuming that still no allowable defensive pleading--such as an Answer--is filed by the defendant withing two full judicial days following the date of the entery of the ''preliminary default'' judgment, then the plaintiff can go into court and prove up his or her case and ''confirm the default'' and obtain a written judgment. All of this is covered in the Louisiana Code of civil Procedure, which you can access by clicking...