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Litigation is a process through which two parties (individuals or groups) make use of the court system to work out a grievance and to determine if a legal duty was breached such that one party may seek a legal remedy against another. The litigation process begins with the filing of the lawsuit and progresses to the pre-trial phase where mediation, discovery and pretrial motions are used to prepare the parties for either settlement or trial. If there is no settlement, the case progress to trial which will result in a verdict. To learn more about these different types and stages of litigation, and the laws governing the process, explore the articles and answers in this section through the links on this page.