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Civil Litigation

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Civil Litigation and Arbitration
Litigation is the term used to describe proceedings initiated between two opposing parties (a lawsuit) to enforce or defend a legal right. Litigation can include lawsuits for breach of contract, negligence (such as a Personal Injury case) or Temporary or Permanent Restraining Orders (preventing one from continuing to violate a person’s legal rights). Litigation is not simply another name for a lawsuit, but rather any number of activities before, during and after a lawsuit to enforce a legal right. In addition to the actual lawsuit, pre-suit negotiations, mediations, trials (before a Judge or Jury), collection of judgments and appeals may also be part of the litigation process. Additionally, the attorneys at Fuhrman & Dodge also assist clients in arbitration. Arbitration is usually a less formal process and is typically administered by the American Arbitration Association. Most arbitrations result from contract disputes where the contract requires that all issues between two parties be resolved by arbitration.

Practicing in this area:  Chris Dodge (Litigation), Michael Erhard (Litigation & Arbitration), Jeanne Armstrong (Litigation), Jeffery Phillips (Litigation), Ramzy Halaby (Litigation)

 

Collections
We help businesses & individuals recover their money. If you are having trouble recouping money from a debtor, we can help you obtain judgments and collect on those judgments by seizing bank accounts and accounts receivable, garnishing wages, seizing property, and utilizing other methods allowed under Wisconsin law. We approach debt collection based on the belief that debts should be paid, both as a matter of principle and as a pillar of healthy commerce. When debtors abuse the system by failing to repay debts or by hiding assets, creditors are the ones who are unfairly punished.

Practicing in this area: Chris DodgeJeanne Armstrong, Jeffery Phillips

 

Consumer Law
Like you, we have all seen the schemes of being promised millions of dollars by a foreign entity in our e-mail inbox. Some of us have bought a new car that has problems shortly after you drive it off the lot. Our attorneys work with claims involving these issues, and more. We also cover problems with repairs or improvements to your Home; Deceptive or Unfair door to door selling practices; unfair debt collection; problems and harassment associated with debt collection; Fair Dealership Law claims and compliance with the Wisconsin Consumer Act and Fair Debt Collection Practices Act.

Practicing in this area: Chris Dodge

 

Personal Injury
Personal injury law involves bodily injury, which is often caused accidentally by another’s failure to use reasonable care. The definition of reasonable care is determined on a case-by-case basis. A person may be liable for the injury caused through intentional negligent or reckless action. Types of personal injury lawsuits brought include injury and wrongful death cases arising from automobile, bike and pedestrian collisions, construction accidents, OSHA violations, premises liability, product liability, and nursing home liability. A successful plaintiff in a personal injury suit may recover damages for medical expenses, property damage, emotional distress, pain and suffering, loss of consortium or companionship, lost wages, costs and attorney fees, and lost future earnings.

Practicing in this area:  Ramzy Halaby, Dale Gregory, Michael Erhard, Jeanne Armstrong, Jeffrey Phillips