What happens after a verdict is rendered?
Most judgments are for monetary damages. Only in unusual situations will a court order a party to do more than pay damages, but such orders ("injunctive relief" or "specific performance") may be obtained if the plaintiff proves that monetary damages will not really compensate the plaintiff for the damages caused. Once rendered, the judgment, if not paid, may be used to seize assets of the other party. If the defense wins the case, the Plaintiff may not bring the same action again. Absent contract providing for fees or a special statute, attorneys fees, are not awarded to the winning party, though such costs as filing fees may be. Pursuant to Arizona statute, the prevailing party in contract litigation is presumptively entitled to attorney fees. This is a critical matter to keep in mind: often winning a case results in little net gain if the attorney fees are so large as to make the eventual judgment relatively small.