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Complex civil litigation involves large-scale cases. These can be difficult for attorneys unfamiliar with handling such matters, such as cases filed as mass torts or cases that involve the government or parties from different jurisdictions. Many disputes involving public or private companies can be considered complex, including civil rights violations, significant contract disputes (e.g., Elon Musk and Twitter lawsuit), securities fraud, and director and officer liability.

If you are unsure where to turn after becoming involved in a complicated legal dispute, speak with a Philadelphia complex civil litigation lawyer. At the Jacobs Law Group, our seasoned litigators are experienced in both federal and state courts. If you believe your issue is part of a mass tort, we are prepared to explain the procedures followed by The Complex Litigation Center.

Types of Complex Litigation Cases

The attorneys at Jacobs Law Group are particularly skilled at handling complex litigation for plaintiffs and defendants. Examples of such cases include:

  • The simultaneous litigation in multiple state and federal courts in a shareholder rights action and proxy contest for management accountability and control of a venture capital-backed enterprise valued in excess of $30 million; it involved scores of interested parties, investors, banks, and private equity and venture firms, both in the United States and internationally;
  • Enforcing the rights of a multimillion-dollar check issuer against multinational banks and Fortune 500 business enterprises, where the check in question had been stolen in transit (possibly while in the postal service’s custody) and the money had been dissipated via international wires to locations in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa;
  • A complex contract, securities, and insurance coverage case involving a highly complex interplay of SEC registration regulations and Pennsylvania state law;
  • A commercial dispute arising under New York state law between an award-winning high-technology company producing a critical product used in the electric power industry and one of the country’s largest industrial enterprises.

Drawing on their considerable expertise in this area, the firm’s lawyers creatively utilize such devices as joinder, intervention, consolidation, class actions, multiple-track discovery, and heightened judicial control of pre-trial proceedings, including active intervention by a judicial officer in the parties’ settlement efforts, to accomplish their clients’ business goals. In the process, they have earned the respect of courts throughout the country.

Complex Civil Business Cases

The Philadelphia-based lawyers at the Jacobs Law Group are involved in litigation on behalf of clients across the breadth of this country. Our lawyers have litigated and/or are litigating cases in Federal and/or state courts in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Delaware, Alabama, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, California, Texas, Wisconsin, and many other states as well. We have even worked on and consulted on cases based in or involving parties in the E.U., the U.K., Saudi Arabia, Israel, and many other countries. And of course, our lawyers have been or are involved in cases throughout Pennsylvania including the counties of Philadelphia, Montgomery, Delaware, Bucks, Dauphin, Monroe, Carbon, Schuylkill, Allegheny, Lycoming, and Erie, to name a few.

Litigators Face Early Decisions in Complex Cases

Complex civil litigation involves many steps and decisions before an attorney can proceed. The correct forum, either federal or state, if state which state or states and which counties in each such state must be decided before filing a case. Other considerations are:

  • Joinder in federal class actions
  • Consolidating or transferring cases filed in several districts
  • Coordinating with counsel when several parties are involved
  • Multi District Litigation (MDL)
  • Massive discovery issues in mammoth cases
  • Understanding judicial case management procedures in various districts
  • Ethical concerns
  • Ways to speed up protracted cases such as settlement talks, mediation, or arbitration between the parties

Because of the many moving parts in complex cases, working with a lawyer experienced in handling complicated civil matters in Philadelphia is crucial.

Mass Tort Actions and The Complex Litigation Center

The Philadelphia courthouse was the first in the nation to design a program specifically for complex, multi-filed mass tort cases. Currently, the Complex Litigation Center is home to Mass Tort Programs for Asbestos claims, many as well as many claims related to prescription drugs, nursing home abuse, and firefighter hearing loss. Our complex civil litigation lawyers understand that although a mass tort is filed like other civil actions, it has unique procedural issues.

Let Our Philadelphia Complex Civil Litigation Attorneys Work for You

Civil litigation becomes more complex when procedures and people add to the basic issues. You might want to join multiple lawsuits against a manufacturer that could be consolidated into a class action. You might be a shareholder interested in banding together with other shareholders harmed by company misrepresentations that cause the stock price to fall. Or you might represent a corporation that has a dispute with a government entity.

The breadth of complex cases is significant. Regardless of your specific circumstances, it is best to consult a litigator knowledgeable in filing and maintaining these complicated lawsuits. If you are looking for a Philadelphia complex civil litigation lawyer, contact the Jacobs Law Group for personalized legal counsel.

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