Want to sue LA Fitness in small claims court?

How to Sue LA Fitness

Looking to sue LA Fitness? Small claims court is an option, and you may have others…


Make sure your case to sue LA Fitness qualifies.

The first thing you have to do before you sue LA Fitness is make sure that your claim qualifies. Small claims courts will only accept certain types of claims. There are two things you need to pay attention to:

  1. The amount of money: The first thing you have to pay attention to is how much money you’re asking for. Every small claims court has a maximum dollar amount that you can bring before a judge. If yours is over or under these limits you won’t be able to use small claims court.

  2. The type of relief: The second is what you can ask for. When you sue LA Fitness in small claims court you can only ask for monetary compensation in almost every case. This means you can just ask for a dollar amount and you can ask them to replace physical property.

If your claim doesn’t fall within the limits of your state’s small claims court, you’ll have to arbitrate your claim instead.


Send your written demand letter.

Before you sue LA Fitness officially, the courts want to make sure that you’ve done everything in your power to seek a resolution outside of the legal system.

That starts with sending a demand letter. This is where you ask them to voluntarily fix the problem before you have to sue LA Fitness.

This can be a simple and straightforward letter that just explains who you are with your gym membership number or account number, what the problem is, and how you want them to fix it. It doesn’t have to be more than a few sentences you just have to make sure you do it so you can prove to the court that you did your part.

After that you should mail a hard copy to their officials, legal address. It is best to use some form of delivery like certified mail that can confirm it was received:

818 West Seventh Street, Suite 930
Los Angeles, CA 90017

If you would like examples of demand letters or more information about how to write them, you can find an excellent guide here.


Fill out court forms.

In order to sue LA Fitness in small claims court you have to do some paperwork.

Each state has a different set of forms that you have to fill out in order to sue LA Fitness or any other company. Sometimes your county will have an additional set of forms. The right forms for your area will be available for free when you visit your state court website.

In addition to filling out the right forms make sure you have the right number. Most courts require three or four copies. Basically you have to do the legwork but you need to make enough copies for yourself, for the court, and for LA Fitness.


File your forms with the court.

You don’t just fill them out and keep them. You fill them out and officially file them with the court. This can be a tricky process so it’s important to pay particular attention to the process where you live.

Most Courts for example require you to physically come to the courthouse and submit the papers in person. If you are very lucky you will live in an area where you can do it online or via the post.

Every Court requires you to pay a small claims court filing fee when you sue LA Fitness the amount of which will be published on your court website.

When you complete this step, the county clerk will review everything and stamp the copies and then give you back your copies, and schedule a hearing.


“Serve” your forms on LA Fitness.

One of the copies that you get back is for LA Fitness. At this point it’s your job to properly serve them which is a legal term that refers to notifying the company that you have sought to sue LA Fitness.

There are very specific steps for how to serve a company and these can be found on your court website. Some seem very weird but no matter what they are you still have to follow each and every one. Failure to do so can result in your case being tossed out.


Show up for court.

Remember how you got that court date when you filed your documents? That is your official hearing.

Be sure to show up to your hearing at the right time and the right Courthouse. Bring your copy of the documents you filed and any other evidence you have.

Just because you sue LA Fitness doesn’t mean they will send someone to your area. So if they don’t send someone to oppose you take advantage of that situation to focus on your side of the story.

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