Litigation Risk

AAA

DEFINITION of 'Litigation Risk'

The possibility that legal action will be taken because of an individual's or corporation's actions, inactions, products, services or other events. Corporations generally employ some type of litigation risk analysis and management to identify key areas where the litigation risk is high, and thereby take appropriate measures to limit or eliminate those risks.

INVESTOPEDIA EXPLAINS 'Litigation Risk'

Litigation risk can be regarded as an individual's or corporation's likelihood of getting taken to court. In a litigious society, all members are at some risk of litigation. Large firms with deep pockets can be especially prone to litigation risk since the rewards for any plaintiffs can be considerable. Corporations typically have measures in place to identify and reduce risks, such as ensuring product safety and following all pertinent laws and regulations.

RELATED TERMS
  1. Default Judgment

    A binding judgment issued by a court in favor of the plaintiff ...
  2. Compensatory Damages

    Money awarded to a plaintiff to compensate for damages, injury, ...
  3. External Claim

    A claim against an individual that does not arise out of any ...
  4. Class Action

    An action where an individual represents a group in a court claim. ...
  5. Punitive Damages

    Legal recompense that is levied as punishment for a wrong or ...
  6. Protected Cell Company (PCC)

    A corporate structure in which a single legal entity is comprised ...
Related Articles
  1. Insurance

    Are You Trying To Get Sued?!

    Organizational lawsuits are commonplace these days. Knowing how to react to and (more importantly) prevent them can save your business.
  2. Personal Finance

    Litigation: Are Your Investments At Risk?

    Don't let company lawsuits hit you unprepared. Learn how to uncover how they might affect you.
  3. Bonds & Fixed Income

    Conglomerates: Risky Proposition?

    Investing in a corporate giant may not be as safe as you think.
  4. Options & Futures

    So, You Want To Take Your Broker To Court

    Find out how to file a claim with your broker and what you can expect throughout the process.
  5. Fundamental Analysis

    What is the difference between revenue and profit?

    Understand the difference between revenue and profit, two key concepts in business accounting, including where each can be found on an income statement.
  6. Fundamental Analysis

    What is the difference between revenue and sales?

    Learn to distinguish between a company's revenue and its sales, and see why the distinction is important when analyzing a company's financial performance.
  7. Fundamental Analysis

    What is the difference between revenue and income?

    Understand the difference between income and revenue, how these terms are often confused in day-to-day usage and how to identify each on an income statement.
  8. Investing Basics

    Enterprise Resource Planning System: A How To

    An ERP system won’t transform poor management into good management, but the real-time business analytics can help make good management even better.
  9. Investing Basics

    How To Calculate Goodwill

    Goodwill is an intangible, but it is still possible to effectively calculate or estimate goodwill for a company.
  10. Investing Basics

    Using Appreciative Inquiry To Solve Management Problems

    In its purest form, appreciative inquiry is a powerful tool for shifting the focus of an organization to something much greater than its bottom line - although the eventual outcome will often ...

You May Also Like

Hot Definitions
  1. Christmas Island Dollar

    The former currency of Christmas Island, an Australian island in the Indian Ocean that was discovered on December 25, 1643. ...
  2. Santa Claus Rally

    A surge in the price of stocks that often occurs in the week between Christmas and New Year's Day. There are numerous explanations ...
  3. Commodity

    1. A basic good used in commerce that is interchangeable with other commodities of the same type. Commodities are most often ...
  4. Deferred Revenue

    Advance payments or unearned revenue, recorded on the recipient's balance sheet as a liability, until the services have been ...
  5. Multinational Corporation - MNC

    A corporation that has its facilities and other assets in at least one country other than its home country. Such companies ...
  6. SWOT Analysis

    A tool that identifies the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats of an organization. Specifically, SWOT is a basic, ...
Trading Center