The first step when filing a lawsuit against a corporation is to file pleadings. These are legal documents that narrate the plaintiff’s account of the dispute, as Stoel Rives reports.
Filing a lawsuit against a corporation means that the corporation conducts itself in a way that harms an individual. The plaintiff presents a copy of the complaint to the court, and the corporation receives a copy. The corporation submits its pleadings, which contain answers to the claims. It is during this step that the plaintiff states the basis of the lawsuit. The plaintiff may respond to the corporation's answer by filing a legal reply, Stoel Rives explains.