Your LA Fitness Contract probably says you can’t sue LA Fitness in any court except Small Claims Court, thanks to an arbitration clause. It can be complicated and time consuming, but suing LA Fitness in small claims court usually gets you what you want.
Ready to sue LA Fitness in small claims court? Small claims courts are only for certain types of claims, so your first step is to make sure your claim can be filed. There are two things you need to pay attention to:
The amount of money: Every small claims court sets a maximum dollar size for the claim you can bring. In most states it’s either $5000 or $10,000, but it can be as low as $2,500 (in Kentucky and Rhode Island). You can find a list of all 50 states’ monetary limits here.
If your claim doesn’t fall within the limits of your state’s small claims court, you’ll have to arbitrate your claim instead.
In order to sue LA Fitness in small claims court, you’re going to need to fill out some paper work.
Each state has a set of forms that need to be filled out to file a claim, and sometimes counties will provide additional forms. The correct forms for your location will be available for free on your state court’s website.
Make sure you fill out enough forms – most states that require you to file forms by mail or in-person will ask for 3 or 4 copies. If you don’t have the right number, they will not accept your claim.
When you’re done filling out the court forms, it’s time to give those forms to the court. This process, called “filing” can be a bit tricky.
If you’ve made it this far – good work! Suing LA Fitness in small claims is a long and tough process.
Now that you’ve filed the papers required to start your case against LA Fitness, you need to tell LA Fitness that it’s been sued. This is a called “serving” LA Fitness. To do this, you need to deliver a copy of your filed papers to LA Fitness.
Look at your court’s website for instructions on how to properly deliver your forms to LA Fitness, or search for “[your state] small claims service of process”. Courts have many strange rules about how to serve a defendant, and your claim will be dropped if you do not follow them perfectly. So be careful!
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