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Telos VG offers a range of services for managing litigation in the United States for clients in the EU.
TELOS VG provides advice and management services to European companies and residents concerning pending, planned, or anticipated litigation in U.S. courts.
Telos provides advice concerning preparing for and conducting litigation in the United States, from understanding the general processes for U.S. litigation (initiation of a lawsuit through the final appeal) to the details of responding to and serving discovery, from initial motions to presenting or responding to a final appeal, whether litigation is in a state court or in the federal system.
Pretrial discovery processes can be confusing and burdensome. Telos can help you prepare for discovery, provide advice about how to respond to discovery requests of opposing parties and how to present your discovery requests to other parties. Discovery in U.S. litigation may be surprisingly intrusive and extensive, while failure to cooperate or to provide discovery may result in severe sanctions, sanctions which may be not only monetary but also include findings by the court establishing facts, up to and including dismissal of a complaint or defense. Understanding the scope of discovery is therefore important, as is having a proper understanding of duties in the discovery process and how relevant procedural rules work.
Telos provides advice concerning the processes of discovery, the standards courts apply in determining the scope of discovery duties – what sorts of documents and information may need to be preserved and provided to the other parties. Telos also provides advice on how to protect sensitive information, including sensitive competition, intellectual property, and personal information.
Telos can also help with strategic decisions and planning. This encompasses both thinking about the overall strategy of a lawsuit – what can be accomplished, what issues to press, how to prepare a case for settlement or trial – and what motions to bring and the timing of the motions. There are a number of opportunities to resolve a case before trial, at the initial stages of complaint and answer, during and after discovery. Deciding what motions, including what motions concerning discovery, should be brought requires thinking about the overall case and particular goals. Different approaches are appropriate if the aims are to force a trial, to extend the litigation, to prepare the case for settlement, etc. In most lawsuits, there are multiple goals, and Telos can help integrate and pursue those goals.
Telos can help in planning or preparing for a lawsuit in the U.S., both for a possible plaintiff or possible defendant. Such planning includes identifying evidence in advance of the lawsuit being filed, identifying materials (documents and information) which should be preserved for the lawsuit, and identifying witnesses and preserving testimony.
For potential plaintiffs, there may be important questions about where a lawsuit should be brought: in what location and in what court. Telos can provide advice about that decision as well.
Telos can provide advice about selecting and managing U.S counsel. Telos can help identify appropriate lawyers or law firms to consider hiring, and help with decisions about whether a single firm will be appropriate for the case (or cases). Where multiple lawyers or firms are needed, Telos can help ensure effective and efficient coordination among the lawyers or firms. Telos can provide advice concerning developing and reviewing litigation budgets and help avoiding overcharging, whether as a result of overbilling, inappropriate billing rates, unnecessary staffing, or failure to use appropriate technology. Finally, Telos can help ensure that U.S. counsel understands and is pursuing the goals and strategies adopted by the client.