Questions tagged [small-claims-court]

Small Claims Court rules and procedures. Where they exist, Small Claims Courts typically only have jurisdiction over minor civil matters – e.g., claims under $25,000.

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Can you sue a person for time spent taking them to court?

I know legal proceedings can be time consuming and stressful. Can a plaintiff sue the defendant for the time and energy involved? Would they need to show something, for example taking time off work to ...
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If party doesn't do what's agreed in settlement, can you sue again or is enforcement the only option?

I filed a dispute with the Civil Resolution Tribunal (CRT). A settlement was reached. Two terms of the settlement were the defendant will make available my property for me to pickup parties agree ...
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How will Brexit affect ongoing court claims and existing judgements within the EU courts?

I am wondering how ongoing court cases and existing (i.e. pre-decided) unsettled judgements will be treated after Brexit? Moreover, I would like to know how judgements decided after Brexit for court ...
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What happens to ongoing EU small claims (under 5000 euros) court cases after brexit?

I plan to take my ex landlord to court, who has now given me an Austrian contact address. I have not started the proceedings yet, so I imagine that the case might not finish until after 31st October. ...
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Can a fan be considered an “air conditioning unit”?

Saw this apparently ridiculous statement from Airbnb on social media today, A fan legally constitutes an air conditioner It's unclear by what law that might be the case - the situation took place ...
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Damage caused by pigeons who is liable

I own a flat in the UK and I have a problem with pigeons living under the the decking of my balcony. The balcony is within my demised property (as the leasholder), but the drainage pipe that the ...
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Evidence for UK small claims

I bought some 'scent jars' which the ad recommended for use with essential oils. When I stored essential oils in them, the oils evaporated causing a loss about 450% the price of the jars. I got a full ...
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Excluding yourself from a class action lawsuit and then suing based on the settlement in small claims?

The equifax class action lawsuit seems to have been settled, but it seems clear that people aren't going to get the expected payout. If I really wanted to stick it to Equifax for what I consider ...
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What happens if parties do not honour a settlement agreement?

Say a settlement agreement was reached where a shopper sued a grocery store over food that gave her food poisoning. If the terms of the settlement agreement were grocery store shall pay shopper $100 ...
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What happens if someone knowingly accepts a contract with some invalid terms?

A dispute arose between me and my ex-landlord. Before any litigation, I told him the things I expected that he wasn't doing. His response was to agree to do them, provided I would agree to various ...
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Best way to provide video of landlord doing something he lied about not doing? [closed]

I lived in a rental home where my landlord lived in the same building. The landlord had this notion he could "immediate evict" anyone. He told me if I wasn't out he would replace the locks and remove ...
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Airline ignoring Montreal Convention [closed]

I flew with Finnair from Moscow to Montreal. My luggage got delayed by 3 days. As per Montreal Convention, I can spend up to 1,131 SDR on necessities as my luggage is missing and the airline is ...
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Aggravated vs Punitive damages

What is the difference between aggravated and punitive damages? It seems aggravated is in response to something that was done to the plaintiff that cause suffering greater than what was simply taken ...
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What information will be made public by CRT and for how long?

I would like to bring a case to the Civil Resolution Tribunal. I would like to know more about it's privacy. From there Information Access & Privacy Policy it appears the public can access just ...
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In general should court documents not be disclosed?

I am in Canada and have brought a dispute to the Civil Resolution Tribunal. The defendant has replied. He claims that there are several people (who I know) who are prepared to corroborate his side of ...
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How can settling a claim be beneficial and done properly?

I have a claim against my ex-landlord. I found it necessary to go to court. He said he blocked all communication with me and stopped replying to my messages about money and furniture he owes me. After ...
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When is something inadmissible as evidence because it's considered a negotiation?

To my understanding anything can be used as evidence unless a specific law prohibits it. When is negotiating inadmissible as evidence? My (ex)landlord demanded I move out immediately. I told him I ...
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Is it bad to have communication with opposing party outside of court?

I started a claim against someone. The level of court does not require lawyers. The defendant rejected all my claims through the court, but contacted me by email saying he wishes to meet in person to ...
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In Canada when can the winning party recover legal and attorney fees?

I'm suspecting to have to take my ex-landlord to court. He's not giving back my damage deposit or prorated rent. Would I be able to get reimbursed for legal fees or attorney fees if I win? Since I had ...
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What's the best way to include e-mails as evidence from a technical perspective?

It probably would be easiest to copy and paste quotes from emails into my evidence submission. But of course text could easily be changed in this format. I could take a screen shot of the email as I ...
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Foreign company failed to honor a merchandise cancelation [closed]

I purchased two rugs in Morroco while on vacation. I live in the US. Eight hours later, I left a phone message and email with the merchant to cancel my order. I made serveral attempts to stop ...
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When going to court should a plaintiff preemptively refute the other sides defense?

In small claims court, if the plaintiff knows what the defendant will likely say, should the plaintiff address these in the initial application? This makes sense to me because usually someone going to ...
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Small Claims Repayment

I bought a used car from a private seller who claimed the car was in great working condition. I later found out the car has no working airbags, which the seller failed to disclose. The airbags had ...
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Could asking someone to participate in a lawsuit count as defamation? I suspect he was illegally evicted as well

I am taking my ex-landlord to small claims court. Since I shared a kitchen with him I cannot take him to the residential tenancy branch. I believe in addition to my damage deposit and prorated rent, ...
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When going to court is it typical to have multiple related claims?

I know in large legal cases you hear about in the news, the plaintiff usually has multiple torts they accuse the defendant of. For example company A is suing company B for negligence, breach of ...
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How does providing written messages as evidence work?

For agreements made by e-mail, text message or even written on paper, how can they be used as evidence in small claims court? For example if a plaintiff claimed a defendant owes him $100 for work ...
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Small Claims Court UK - Small German Company owed less than E5000 EUR by UK company

Can the German company make a claim through the British Small Claims Court or do have to use the EU Small Claims Court system?
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Access to Small claims procedure [closed]

I had a Limited company UK contract, with an Agency and worked at their end-client. After working for a few months, my job was suddenly terminated by the hiring manager (i.e. the end client, no ...
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Accidentally took something wasn't mine. Can I get in trouble for returning it?

I recently moved out of a shared living accommodation. After moving out someone complained that the (shared) glove for removing hot items from the oven was missing. I had my own glove that I took and ...
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How does a lawyer help when taking someone to court for money owed?

I had a landlord who I believe owes me money for several things. The two biggest would be prorated rent and the return of damage deposit. Since I shared a kitchen with this landlord, it is out of the ...
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How hard should one try to resolve dispute before hiring a lawyer to go to court? [closed]

I had a really bad landlord. He owes me money for my damage deposit and prorated rent. The lease says he has 30 days to return it. After I moved out I reminded him of this fact. He replied (in a very ...
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UK Small Claim procedure limit exceeding with VAT

My understanding about UK small claim procedure is that- limit is £10K. (as Ltd company contractor)For some unpaid work notice pay which end client initially proposed to pay, but in reality didn't pay ...
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Capping your claim in an English small claims court?

From what I understand, in English small claims courts the maximum claim is £10,000. Above this amount, the case needs to go through a different track. If you are technically owed a greater sum than ...
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Can I sue a client for the 'delta' in price if I accepted his (insulting) offer?

I have a client who refuse to respect one of the clauses in our contract and offer an alternative for much less. Short version: client must provide me a suite in his hotel that costs $10K for a night ...
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Suing a Police Officer Instead of the Police Department

My car was towed in Seattle for an alleged parking violation. I paid $350 to get it back and then went to court and had the violation dismissed. The police officer who wrote the ticket and called for ...
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Max amount pay in small claims court when sued for $500?

I am being taken to small claims court in Utah for $500. If I was to lose what is the worst case situation? It sounds like I might have to pay the $100 filling fee. Is that true? Would I have to also ...
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Practicalities of suing California-based business from abroad over minor but strong case

Bob, residing outside of the US, has installed a mobile app run by a California-based business and paid a one-year subscription worth under $200. The app happens to have a showstopper bug: basically, ...
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Landlord misrepresented my lease

My lease specifically stated that the landlord pays, hot water, water (it's a well so he would pay to pump the water) and sewer ( septic pump) I found out, by accident, that for the last SEVEN years I ...
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Defendant retains solicitors a long way away and asks for hearing near them

I'm pursuing a claim for about £100 against a company in the UK courts. Both sides agree that this should be allocated to the Small Claims track. I'm on the south coast, the defendant is based in ...
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In small claims court, can either party have a lawyer? Can decisions be appealed?

Many people assume that no lawyers are ever allowed in a small claims court, and that decisions in such courts are always unreviewable (final) because of their informal nature. Is this true in all US ...
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Can non-lawyers help people study law and do small claims?

Can a self-taught enthusiast in an unrelated occupation, without a law degree, without any sort of formal legal education nor bar admittance, help other people study law? What would be the ...
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Can a defendent travel overseas if served with a claim/summons to UK civil court?

If i have am served a claim form by the claimant, can I travel overseas? Also, if I am overseas and receive the claim form whilst overseas, can I ignore it if I am not a citizen of the country which ...
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How to find an information about corporate assets?

In continuation to my other question here. We are trying to prepare yourselves to file a lawsuit against one of the contractors who did a lot of damage during renovations. My question right now, is ...
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How likely am I to receive compensation? (UK)

I recently bought my first property which is meant to be an exciting time until I realised the property has a broken boiler meaning I have no hot water or central heating. Now prior to exchange of ...
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Suing a Cellular Company that Charged Me for Years Without My Knowledge

I am planning to sue a cellular company for charging me (for two phone numbers) for 10 years after a cutoff request. I contacted the company, and they admitted to wrongly charging me but only for one ...
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Are text message agreements legally binding in CA small claims court?

My parents sold their house but they breached a part of the contract. As a result, the other party sued my parents in California small claims court. The court date is in 2 weeks. We've contacted the ...
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Can one appeal a small claims judgement in California

Under what circumstances can a small claims case be appealed in CA? Is it only for errors of law?
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Someone broke my laptop, how should I handle this situation?

I am attending college in Wisconsin and I had my backpack leaning against the side of my desk. It was on the edge of the walkway between desks in the class room. Somebody walking by kicked my ...
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If a driver thinks their car has been wrongfully towed, is it up to the company to sue the driver, or up to the driver to sue for their money back?

This is just something that I've been wondering. If you think that your car has been wrongfully towed, do you need to pay the company and then sue them for your money back, or do they need to let you ...
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Can one turn down a settlement offer if it's for more than the amount being claimed?

Suppose Joe is suing Acme Corp for $1000 over damages to his property. After some time, Acme Corp offers a settlement to Joe for $1500, on condition he signs a non-disclosure agreement. Is Joe ...