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Want to sue Spirit Airlines in small claims court?

Your Guide to Sue Spirit Airlines in Small Claims Court

Most company contracts limit what legal actions you can take. But with time and effort you can definitely sue Spirit Airlines in Small Claims Court. Here’s how:

1

Can you sue Spirit Airlines in small claims court?

In order to sue Spirit Airlines in small claims court, you need to make sure the claim you are making will be accepted. There are certain parameters that must be met:

  1. First, what you want. When you ask for compensation, you ask for what are called “damages” and the “award” of those damages might be monetary (a dollar figure) or equitable (anything other than money) but with small claims court it can usually only be money. So make sure you want a dollar figure you can justify. 
  2. Second, the amount of money. There are limits for small claims court too, as to how much you can ask for when you sue. These differ by state. You can find your state limits here.

 

If your claim doesn’t qualify, then you need to use binding arbitration. FairShake can work with you to walk you through this process. Contact FairShake today to start a claim.

 

 

2

Send a demand letter.

The first step before you sue Spirit Airlines in small claims court is to send a demand letter to the company asking them to fix the problem nicely. This is a requirement for almost all small claims courts and it is important that you check this box.

Thankfully the process is rather simple. You need only fill out a few sentences that explain your name, contact information, what your issue is, what you’ve done so far to try and solve it, and what you now want the company to do to fix it. Remember that you are trying to check a box so it doesn’t have to be more than a few sentences.

When you are done writing you need to mail a hard copy through certified mail to the official mailing address. Certified mail will help you prove to the court if necessary that you followed this step. Send it to:

Spirit Airlines Inc.

Corporation Service Company

251 Little Falls Drive

Wilmington, DE 19808

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

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Fill out court forms.

If the company hasn’t responded to your demand letter, you move forward and sue Spirit Airlines in small claims court. The next step is to fill out the right paperwork.

There different forms required by every state and sometimes county. Find your state court website here.

In addition to having the right forms filled out make sure that you have the right number of copies filled out. Most courts require three or four copies of every form.

 

4

File your forms in court.

With your documents properly filled out the next step when you sue Spirit Airlines in small claims court is to officially file with the court.

There are different rules for this process as well but in most cases you have to hand-deliver the documents in person to the courthouse. In rare cases you might be able to send them through the mail or online.

You have to pay a fee in order to sue Spirit Airlines in small claims court and that amount should be available on your state court website. Once you pay the fee and your documents are approved they will be stamped, your copies will be given back to you, and you will get a court date.

 

5

“Serve” your forms on Spirit Airlines.

Now you have to officially serve the company which is a formal, legal way to notify them that they are being sued. To do this you have to send them their copy of the forms you filed with the Court.

Look at your state court website again to figure out what the rules are in your area or you can search for the small claims service of process requirements online in your state.

It’s important that you follow each and every rule for this process otherwise they could throw out your claim and you get no compensation.

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Head to court.

When you get your court date from the county clerk, make sure that you mark it on your calendar.

Go to the right courthouse, at the right date, and have your copy of the file forms alongside any other evidence you have to back up why you decided to sue Spirit Airlines in small claims court.

In some cases they won’t show up to oppose you in which case you can take advantage of the situation to explain to the judge your side of the story.

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