Civil litigation is the method by which individuals or businesses resolve their disputes in court. It includes lawsuits over broken promises, such as contracts and warranties, and wrongful behavior, including negligence and fraud. At Leighton Feldman, we have the experience to help address any type of dispute in an efficient and effective manner.
Sometimes the best way to resolve a dispute is to avoid going to court. Arbitration and mediation are alternative ways to have a matter heard and resolved by a neutral third-party. Less formal than going to court, alternative dispute resolution can offer parties a quick and often less expensive path to justice.
A final ruling is not always the end of a case. If the judge misinterpreted or misapplied the law, then an appeal may be appropriate and the attorneys at Leighton Feldman have the experience to help. Jay B. Feldman, Esq. formerly clerked for a judge with the New Jersey Appellate Division and briefed appeals before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and New Jersey Appellate courts. Jennifer A. Leighton, Esq. has brought appeals before the United States Supreme Court, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, New Jersey Supreme Court, and New York Court of Appeals.
When the amount of money at stake is small, the New Jersey courts offer two tiers that provide a more streamlined process towards resolution. In 2018, cases involving $15,000 or less are heard by the Special Civil Part and cases involving $3,000 or less are heard by Small Claims. Litigants will typically get their matter before a judge for trial in a few short months with lower court costs. Leighton Feldman is committed to helping litigants in cases of all sizes resolve their matter without breaking the bank.
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