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A Legal Settlement
A settlement is a contract that is one possible result when parties sue (or contemplate so doing) each other in civil courts, usually seeking money as reparations for the alleged wrongdoing of the defendants. The plaintiff(s) and defendant(s) identified in the lawsuit can agree to resolve the dispute between themselves without a trial. The resolution of the lawsuit sets forth the obligations of the parties, and is often made effective by an order of the court after a joint stipulation by the parties. In other situations (as where the claims have been satisfied by the payment of a certain sum of money) the plaintiff and defendant can simply file a notice that the case has been dismissed.
The majority of cases are decided by a legal settlement. Both sides often have a strong incentive to settle to avoid the costs (such as legal fees, finding expert witnesses, etc.), associated with a trial, particularly where a trial by jury is available. Generally, one side or the other will make a settlement offer early in litigation. The parties may hold (and indeed, the court may require) a settlement conference, at which they attempt to reach such an agreement.
In controversial cases, a settlement agreement may require both sides to keep its contents and all other information relevant to the case confidential. Confidentiality is not possible in class action cases in the United States, where all settlements are subject to approval by the court pursuant to Rule 23 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and counterpart rules adopted in most states.
In criminal matters, a settlement is referred to as a plea bargain.
While most claims are settled before they reach court, when a case is more involved it may require the use of an "attorney" or a "lawyer". In the case of insurance companies, they may be more inclined to settle a case out of court to save on costs. Depending on the case, a person may deal directly with the company in question to come to a reasonable financial settlement without using an "attorney".
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Riverfront Times blog Confederate Monument Will Go to Civil War Museum in Legal Settlement Riverfront Times blog As part of the settlement, the Civil War Museum has agreed that the monument will be stored at their expense until a permanent location is found. That permanent location must be at a Civil War museum, battlefield or cemetery. Further, the Civil War City of St. Louis, Civil War Museum reach settlement over Confederate MonumentKSDK all 30 news articles raquo
• Philando Castile Family Reaches 3 Million Settlement New York Times
New York Times Philando Castile Family Reaches 3 Million Settlement New York Times The settlement came 10 days after the officer who fired the fatal shots, Jeronimo Yanez, was acquitted of second degree manslaughter and all other charges. Mr. Castile39s case is the latest example of a police shooting of a black person leading to a Philando Castile39s Mother Reaches 3 Million Settlement Over Police ShootingNPR Philando Castile family reaches 3M settlement in deathTwinCities.com Pioneer Press Philando Castile39s family reaches 3 million settlement with Minnesota suburbNOLA.com CBS Minnesota / WCCO WDAY6 Vibe all 343 news articles raquo
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• Settlement Approved In Sheriffaposs Lawsuit Against Sullivan County Kingspor...
Settlement approved in sheriff39s lawsuit against Sullivan County Kingsport Times News Speaking with the Times News by telephone, Venable said the settlement means the county can move ahead and avoid protracted litigation. As of Monday, the county had spent 77,500 covering its legal bills defending the lawsuit between January 2016 and and more raquo
• City Increases Legal Settlement In 9yearoldaposs Death At Gwynns Falls Elemen...
Baltimore Sun City increases legal settlement in 9 year old39s death at Gwynns Falls Elementary School Baltimore Sun Baltimore officials voted Wednesday to add 75,000 to a legal settlement over the death of a 9 year old at an elementary school. City officials had already approved a 150,000 payment to the family of 9 year old Darius Clark, who suffered a fall at and more raquo
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