** This blog series is intended to introduce new eDiscovery professionals to the litigation process and litigation terminology. Click here, here, here and here to go to the first four posts in the series.**
In last week’s post we covered the first step in a lawsuit – filing a complaint with the court and serving it on the named defendant(s). The defendant needs to respond within a certain number of days (the time to respond depends on the court and is usually 20 to 30 days). Typically the defendant responds in one of two ways:
It’s not always this straightforward though. Here are a few situations that might occur in the early stages of a lawsuit:
Once the complaint and answer are filed and the parties are established, the lawsuit moves forward. In the next posts in the series we’ll cover establishing the rules for moving forward in a case and the discovery process. Please let us know if there are specific topics you’d like to see covered in this blog series.
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