Lawsuits of any kind are rarely open and shut cases. They require careful consideration, skilled negotiation strategic planning--and can drag on for years. Sometimes the defendant in one case may file a countersuit against the plaintiff. The reasons for filing a countersuit could include the belief that the company was wrongfully sued, to settle other business disputes, or as an attempt to reduce the potential costs of the initial lawsuit.
The proliferation of technology has made it increasingly more difficult for firms to protect their trade secrets. Domestic and global competitors alike are often able to reverse-engineer computer codes and other intellectual property in order to develop rival products. This can lead to international business disputes and the need to pursue legal action.