A civil lawsuit is a non-criminal proceeding that often involves two private parties. There are many different types of civil claims—from commercial law matters to family law cases. If you received an unfavorable verdict in a civil case, you have the right to file an appeal. In this article, our California appellate lawyers highlight some of the most common types of civil appeals filed in California. 

Eight of the Most Common Civil Appeals in California

Here are the most common civil appeals in California that you should know about.

#1: Corporate Litigation

Corporate litigation is a broad term used to describe a wide range of business issues—from contract disputes to employment law matters. As the stakes are often high in corporate litigation, it is not uncommon for the non-prevailing party to file an appeal. 

#2: Shareholder Disputes

Some of the most common shareholder disputes include corporate mismanagement claims, breach of fiduciary claims, and minority shareholder oppression claims. An appeal may be filed by either a shareholder, group of shareholders or the officer/directors of a corporation. 

#3: Business Torts

A type of civil claim in California, a business tort is a wrongful economic action. Some potential examples of business torts include fraud, business defamation, commercial disparagement, and tortious interference with a contract. 

#4: Civil Tax Evasion

Tax evasion/tax fraud may be a criminal charge under either federal law or California law. Beyond that, there is also a wide range of different civil tax matters. A non-prevailing individual, business, or organization may file an appeal in a civil tax evasion case. 

#5: Intellectual Property Law

Intellectual property (IP) can be a valuable asset for a business. A wide array of intellectual property matters may be an issue on appeal, including patents, copyrights, and trademarks. Depending on the circumstances, an IP dispute may be handled in either federal court or state court. 

#6: Property Disputes

Businesses and property owners in California may end up involved in many different types of property disputes. You could have a dispute with another property owner, a company, or even a government agency. The appeals process in civil property disputes can be complicated. 

#7: White Collar Fraud Cases

An allegation of white collar fraud may result in serious felony criminal charges. At the same time, many white collar fraud cases have civil elements. If you received an adverse decision in a while collar fraud case—either as a plaintiff or a defendant—an appellate lawyer can help you weigh your options. 

#8: Insurance Fraud

In recent years, California regulators have been cracking down on allegations of insurance fraud. As with other types of fraud cases, insurance fraud cases often involve civil elements. Appeals are relatively common in insurance fraud claims. 

Get Help From Our California Appellate Law Attorneys Today

At The Appellate Law Firm, our California appellate lawyers are skilled, solutions-focused advocates for clients. Give us a call or contact us online for a strictly confidential consultation. We provide representation in civil appeals throughout California, including in Los Angeles, Long Beach, Anaheim, Bakersfield, San Diego, San Jose, San Francisco, Oakland, Sacramento, and Fresno. 

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