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West Palm Beach Employment, Labor & Business Lawyers > VIDEO FAQS > COMMERCIAL LITIGATION > Is it better to litigate my commercial case in State or Federal court?

Is it better to litigate my commercial case in State or Federal court?


That’ll depend on the nature of your lawsuit. Whether or not it involves a jury, and what is at stake in your case. It’s the kind of decision that gets made case by case. There is no blanket answer.

But the factors that you should be considering, particularly if you’re the plaintiff suing in a commercial case, is, “Do I want to have a jury decide my case or the judge?” Federal Court juries will be better educated and more sophisticated. State Court juries will be less so. So the quality of who you want on your jury would be a large part of deciding what kind of forum you want to sue in.

Additionally, a major difference between State and Federal courts are that in Federal Court, it is far easier to win a case on summary judgment, meaning you end the case early without a jury, than it is in State Court. If you have a case that you think will lend itself to summary judgment, and you can sue in Federal Court, then Federal Court’s the way to go.

Thirdly, and this is different than it used to be. But, the State Courts are so crowded, their dockets, and the Federal Courts move cases so quickly. Most Federal Court cases will be over within a year to 15 months. State Court cases can easily linger for 2-3 years. So the quickness with which you need a result should be a factor in where you decide to sue.

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