Getting served with a complaint and summons in New York is a serious matter, but with good planning and a strategy geared toward the long term goals of your business, it is possible to confront such threats quickly and effectively.
A commercial complaint should be assessed for any defects that could render service invalid. Knowing whether a complaint was validly served can help determine whether the complaint can be dismissed on procedural grounds.
If the complaint has been properly served, it is important to file an answer that not only addresses the allegations in the complaints, but that preserves your affirmative defenses. Failing to do so may close the door down the road to some important an helpful arguments.
Analyzing the complaint for weaknesses can also help prepare to file motions that can result in having the case decided on summary judgment or dismissed on procedural grounds. Where such options are available, it can put a quick end to an otherwise lengthy headache.
Developing a plan for discovery can also help your company get ahead of its adversary by identifying which documents you will want to ask for, which key people to depose, and what information your adversary is likely to seek.
Successfully answering a commercial complaint begins as soon as the complaint is served. With quick action and a sound strategy, you can minimize the damage and put the dispute behind you sooner rather than later.