Want to sue Planet Fitness in small claims court? Here's how.

Your Guide to Sue Planet Fitness in Small Claims Court

Chances are your Planet Fitness contract has language that says you can’t sue them in most courts thanks to an arbitration clause. But the one option you do still have a small claims court. If you do everything right and invest the time, you usually get what you want.

1

Does your claim qualify?

Before you sue Planet Fitness in small claims court you have to make sure that the small claims court will accept your claim. There are a few limitations.

  1. The first is the amount of money you are asking for. When you sue someone you’re asking them to give you compensation for damages and small claims courts have a maximum dollar amount. In Most states that amount is $5,000 worth $10,000 but it differs. You can find a list of all 50 states’ monetary limits here.

  2. The second is the type of damages you are requesting. Again, you can usually ask for money or for physical items but with small claims court you can really only ask for money.

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

2

Send your demand letter.

Before you can head down and sue Planet Fitness in small claims court you have to ask them nicely to fix the problem beforehand. Sure, you’ve probably tried this by way of customer service but now you have to let the bosses know that you want them to fix something before you sue. This doesn’t have to be a complicated letter. In fact it can be nothing more than a few sentences telling them what your gym account number is if you have one, your name, address, phone number, what the problem is, and how you want them to fix it. The whole point of this is just to check a box.

When you’re done you have to mail a hard copy of that letter preferably through certified mail or something that lets you confirm delivery to the official address.

PFIP, LLC
COGENCY GLOBAL INC.
63 Pleasant Street
Concord, NH, 03301

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

3

Fill out your court forms.

Before you can sue Planet Fitness in small claims court you have to fill out the right court forms and you have to be very careful here because every court is different.

Each state has its own set of forms that you have to fill out and in some cases your county will have additional forms. You can find these forms for free on your state court website.

You also have to make sure you have the right number of copies. Most courts ask for three or four copies because you have to give them two different people.

4

File your court forms with the court.

All of those papers that you work so hard to fill out have to be officially filed. This gets a little tricky.

Most courts require that you physically come to a specific courthouse so that you can hand-deliver the forms to the county clerk.

The county clerk will review everything, you will pay a small claims court filing fee, they will stamp it, and give them back to you with your court hearing date.

 

5

“Serve” Planet Fitness.

This doesn’t mean that you have completed the process to sue Planet Fitness in small claims court. Remember that you have multiple copies for a reason.

Now you have to take one of those copies and officially serve Planet Fitness, informing them that they are being sued. There are very specific rules on how you have to do this and each court is different so pay particular attention to the requirements on your state court website.

If you miss any step or something isn’t done correctly they can throw your case out.

So be careful!

6

Show up for court.

Remember that court date you were given? Now it’s time to go on the right day at the right time. Make sure you go to the right building too because there are plenty of areas that have multiple court houses and if you show up to the wrong one it won’t work out well for you.

Bring the copy of your filed forms and any other evidence you have to show what Planet Fitness did it and why you deserve compensation. Sometimes Planet Fitness will send someone to oppose you but sometimes they won’t.

Ready to sue Planet Fitness in small claims court?
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