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Binding arbitration

I have an arbitration clause in my lease. Does this preclude me from using small claims court? [more inside]
posted by latkes on Aug 13, 2014 - 7 answers

Experiences at Small Claims Court in San Francisco

We moved out of our rental house and our property owner is refusing to return our full deposit or interest earned over the 9.5 years we lived there. What are our chances of winning in small claims court? A wall of snowflakes falling inside. [more inside]
posted by mamabear on Jun 24, 2014 - 11 answers

Worth it to take a big company to small claims?

I would like to take Sephora.com to small claims court. Is this worth my time and do I even have a case? [more inside]
posted by JJkiss on Jun 17, 2014 - 28 answers

Should I attempt legal action to get this invoice paid?

A collection agency in the UK is trying to collect an unpaid invoice for me. Their initial efforts have failed; should I authorize them to go ahead with legal action? (Details and earlier question inside.) [more inside]
posted by little cow make small moo on Apr 24, 2013 - 15 answers

What to do about developer's damage to my property?

I need help choosing the best course(s) of action to remedy damage done to my property by the developer next door. [more inside]
posted by lost_cause on Feb 18, 2013 - 14 answers

Small claims in the US from the UK?

How can I file a small claims court claim in Philadelphia when I am in the UK? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 15, 2013 - 3 answers

Are we not hosed?

We're trying to understand what we can do about some financial hardships my fiance incurred from her previous relationship... Let's say they agree that he owes her around $5,000 for rent and shared expenses when they were living together. But so far, he's payed her back next to no part of that. If she has records of the debt I imagine she could take him to small claims court, but how does that work? If a judge decides he owes her the money, but he's still broke, what happens then? [more inside]
posted by garethspor on Apr 2, 2012 - 17 answers

Help me get my money?

How do I go about collecting money owed to me by a friend? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 27, 2012 - 15 answers

A broken bed

Should I sue a furniture company for failure to execute a warranty on a broken bed? [more inside]
posted by meadowlark lime on Nov 22, 2011 - 5 answers

How to calculate interest for a 26-months-overdue amount?

How to calculate interest on a long-overdue paycheck in small claims court? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 8, 2011 - 7 answers

"Wait a minute. This could be some kind of scam... or possibly scamola!"

Is there a subpoena process in the Ontario small claims court system, and (if so) is it worth the time and effort to make use of it? I believe I was recently scammed by a rental car company for a non-trivial amount of money (for a student) and am hoping to both recoup my costs and really stick it to them. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 12, 2011 - 2 answers

Should I act as a process server?

I've been asked to serve papers for a small claims case by an acquaintance. To what sort of risk will I expose myself - especially legal or financial risk - if I do this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 13, 2011 - 22 answers

Landlord saga continues

Step-by-stepFilter: Collecting small claims court judgement in New York? [more inside]
posted by mooselini on Mar 24, 2011 - 1 answer

Landlords suck

Sued our landlord for wrongful withholding of large deposit and won, placed liens on their property, which were foreclosed and they declared bankruptcy. How do we make sure we can still recover our money? [more inside]
posted by Large Marge on Oct 14, 2010 - 11 answers

Have a sinking feeling we're still going to get screwed

Sleazy landlord withheld $6000 security deposit illegally, we won our small claims case and filed abstracts of judgment with the county recorder. We just found out one of their other properties is being sold at public auction July 2nd. We are filing a request of notice with the recorder today. What else do we need to do to ensure we are able to claim the money owed us from this sale? [more inside]
posted by Large Marge on Jun 21, 2010 - 10 answers

See you in court?

Should a plaintiff provide copies of her smalls claims court lawsuit papers to the insurance company of the party she is suing? [more inside]
posted by longsleeves on Mar 27, 2010 - 12 answers

She's going to sue me and I can't pay... argh!

I'm being sued in small claims, but I don't have any assets except a car with no brakes. How will she collect the funds? YANAL and/or YANML. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 30, 2010 - 28 answers

How do I fix my friends kitchen stove issue?

Kitchen appliances: What remedies do you have when an appliance purchase and installation goes wrong? [more inside]
posted by abdulf on Aug 8, 2009 - 3 answers

Courting someone out of state

I paid in advance for services which I never received, and now I'm out nearly $900. This person moved out of state before I got to file in small claims. Is there anything I can do? [more inside]
posted by Lullen on Jul 23, 2009 - 7 answers

maybe I should have gone to judge judy like my grandmother suggested...

Looking to collection on a small claims court debt. Are there collection agencies or settlement advance places that work with smaller amounts? [more inside]
posted by Kellydamnit on Jul 9, 2009 - 4 answers

Determining small claims court venue in Ontario: Where did the transaction take place if the parties are distant from one another?

For the purpose of determining venue for small claims court in Ontario, Canada, what would be considered the municipality where the transaction took place for an eBay sale where buyer and seller are in different Ontario municipalities? [more inside]
posted by winston on Jun 8, 2009 - 1 answer

Sketchy Furniture Stores Suck

How Do I Get A Furniture Store To Pay Me? They offered me a $2000 refund if they didn't deliver furniture I ordered before an agreed upon date. They wrote a post-dated check to prove they would deliver or pay. But they didn't deliver, and the check bounced. [more inside]
posted by mhh5 on Feb 21, 2009 - 12 answers

Insurance Stuff in Court for Personal Injury?

In a personal injury small claims case, will the judge want to see insurance bills and payments? [more inside]
posted by SlyBevel on Jan 2, 2009 - 5 answers

My landlord had my car towed... from my own lot.

My landlord had my car towed... from my own lot. Can I sue? [more inside]
posted by klanawa on Sep 26, 2008 - 13 answers

Know a good San Francisco lawyer?

I've decided to buck the trend and not ask you for legal advice and go straight to getting a lawyer. So... do you have a recommendation for a lawyer in San Francisco to help me through a business/contract/billing dispute? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 23, 2008 - 2 answers

Do I have to pay my roommate's debt?

I'm in a financial pickle due to a bad choice of roommates two years ago. What are my options? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 10, 2008 - 6 answers

what's a broken iBook worth?

A repair shop destroyed a non-working iBook. What would be a reasonable recompense? [more inside]
posted by anadem on Mar 2, 2008 - 16 answers

How do I sue someone in small claims court across state lines?

Despite my very best efforts, I got scammed on eBay. Now my only recourse is to sue someone who lives in Chicago, while I live in DC. I know YANML, but can people provide me with an idea of how difficult and expensive this might be? I would need to be able to subpoena information from a couple of companies. [more inside]
posted by procrastination on Jan 21, 2008 - 16 answers

Help me make him pay

Has anyone used a collections agency to collect on a judgment from small claims court? [more inside]
posted by bove on Dec 29, 2007 - 5 answers

Need to find out what misunderstanding with friend will mean for my parents

Generally in most states, especially Oregon, if one person claims another has "personal property," do the police deal with this in an immediate sense or is this a case for small claims? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 20, 2007 - 11 answers

Who can use the credit bureau to police contracts?

When and who can contact credit agencies regarding reneged payments to reflect on a payees credit report? Is this limited to businesses and banks or less official transactions as well? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 16, 2007 - 4 answers

How can I get a legitimate company to stop sending me email?

What do you do with a legitimate company who keeps sending you email even after you've asked them to stop? [more inside]
posted by stefanie on Apr 12, 2006 - 17 answers

Wrongfully accused of breaking someone's cell phone.

Wrongfully accused of breaking someone's cell phone. [more inside]
posted by itchie on Oct 9, 2005 - 38 answers

Deadbeat clients, what to do?

When do I call a lawyer? I did some contract work for a small firm that has been unable to pay me. We're way past Net-30, and it's enough money that I can't deal with it in small claims court (about $15k). I'm in contact with them, and I believe that they want to pay me, but simply don't have the cash (I could be wrong). At what point do I stop waiting? Is it worth calling a lawyer if they don't have the money, or is it important to call a lawyer in case they declare bankruptcy?
posted by anonymous on Jan 21, 2005 - 13 answers

Small Claims Suit Question

I got had in a recent car purchase. Basically I'm out $500 after wrestling the other money back. The guy is no longer in this country (Canada) my lawyer says to go ahead and file a small claims suit. Since it is quite a hassle to file a suit, anyone have experience with something like this? All the details inside... [more inside]
posted by geoff. on Dec 21, 2004 - 11 answers

LA County small claims court advice

I have to sue someone in small claims court in Los Angeles County. Has anyone been thru this process?
posted by goofyfoot on Dec 14, 2004 - 4 answers

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